San Francisco Historical Association Oscar Lewis Award

Poggioli-Eidson Win Oscar Lewis Award

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San Francisco authors Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson win the 2018 Oscar Lewis Award for their book “Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Drive”

Authors to be honored at San Francisco History Association’s 20th Annual Awards Dinner Saturday, July 14

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29 — Co-authors Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson have been awarded the 2018 Oscar Lewis Award by the San Francisco History Association (SFHA) for their book, “Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive: Explore the Famous Sites, Neighborhoods, and Vistas in 17 Enchanting Walks.”

“Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive,” published by Craven Street Books in December 2016, transforms San Francisco’s famous and historic citywide scenic loop from a drive in your car to a healthy, green walking adventure. Their turn-by-turn guidebook breaks the driving route into 17 three-mile walks—and is also packed with San Francisco history and photos, which caught the eye of the SFHA.

The San Francisco History Association  is dedicated to remembering San Francisco’s colorful past, and to celebrating its rich culture today. The SFHA’s Oscar Lewis Award, created in honor of noted San Francisco author and historian Oscar Lewis (1893-1992), honors authors, publishers, or lecturers who have helped educate the public on matters of San Francisco history.

San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive was created in 1938 to show off the best of the City to the hordes of visitors expected to attend San Francisco’s 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island. The “Drive” was a hit and has been guiding visitors and natives alike around the best of the city for 80 years.

In 2013 Poggioli and Eidson became the first people known to have WALKED the entire length of San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive, resulting in a combined weight loss of 75 pounds.

“We had so much fun and saw so many new things we knew we had to share it,” says Poggioli. “We divided it into 17 bite-sized walks, researched the history along the way, and turned the adventure into a turn-by-turn guidebook—packed with San Francisco history,  and other essentials, such as hill ratings, bus routes and even where to pee.”

To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the 49 Mile Scenic Drive, Poggioli and Eidson are challenging people to WALK the historic drive over the course of one year. Many people have already taken them up on the challenge — and a few daring folks have completed the entire walk!

Poggioli and Eidson promote the challenge and the book through their energetic, popular and inspiring virtual tour of the “drive” called, “The 49 Mile Drive in 49 Minutes,” which they offer to groups for club meetings, fundraisers, etc., and which they delivered to the SFHA.

SFHA members’ passionate involvement in preserving, restoring, and remembering San Francisco’s history and their lively informative monthly meetings, have won the club awards such as “Best Place to Meet Senior Hipsters” from the Bay Guardian Best of the Bay Awards.

The 20th Annual Awards Dinner is open to the public and will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116. Dinner and awards ceremony 7:30 p.m. $75 per person.

About Poggioli and Eidson:
Kristine Poggioli is a native San Franciscan, copywriter and storyteller. Carolyn Eidson is an award-winning filmmaker and comedian. They can be reached at

Book Details:
Title: Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive: Explore the Famous Sites, Neighborhoods, and Vistas in 17 Enchanting Walks
Author: Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson
Publisher: Craven Street Books, an imprint of Linden Publishing
Publication Date: December 5, 2016
Price: $16.95
Category: Travel / Hikes & Walks
ISBN 978-1-61035-279-6
6″ x 9″ paperback, 272 pages, 75 historic photographs, 17 maps, index. Also available in e-book formats.

Available from bookstores, online booksellers and Craven Street Books (1-800-345-4447,


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