Marin History Museum's Speakers Series: San Quentin From Then To Now


Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019

Time: 7:00pm

Phone: 415-382-1182

Marin History Museum invites you to their Speaker Series: San Quentin From Then To Now with speaker Lt. Sam Robinson, Public Information Officer at San Quentin Prison. Lt. Sam Robinson, PIO at San Quentin for five years, runs at least two tours of the institution each week for college classes, law enforcement groups, documentary filmmakers, and public figures who want to take a look inside California’s first prison. He also responds to media inquiries about inmates on death row, a task unique to San Quentin. 

The prison’s origins date to the California Gold Rush, a period that roughly spanned from 1848 to 1852. With the influx of fortune seekers came an increase in crime and in 1852, 20 acres of land were acquired at San Quentin. Convicts began constructing the building later that year and the cell blocks were completed in 1854. San Quentin State Prison originally held 250 inmates including female prisoners, which continued until 1933.


  • $10 suggested donation
  • Free entry for Elks with ID card

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Additional Location or Other Information

This Speaker Series will be held at The San Rafael Elks Lodge located at 1312 Mission Avenue (Mission Ave at C Street), San Rafael, CA 94901. Look for a hidden driveway off Mission Avenue; there is parking in the rear of mansion.