Michael Maurice O’Shaughnessy (1864-1934): Engineering the Promised Land

Film - Documentary | March 14 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Bancroft Library

Join us in the Morrison Library for a screening of a mini-documentary on San Francisco City Engineer Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy, with introductions from Dr. Gray Brechin, historical geographer and visiting scholar in UC Berkeley’s Department of Geography and author of Imperial San Francisco; Dr. Jamie Goggins, Chartered Engineer and senior lecturer in the School of Engineering at National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway; and Aisling Keane, digital archivist at NUI Galway Library. Michael Maurice O' Shaughnessy completed his engineering degree in 1884 at Queen's College Galway, Ireland (now NUI Galway). He emigrated to the United States soon after, eventually settling in California. A highly successful engineer in his private practice, O'Shaughnessy was San Francisco City Engineer from 1912 until 1932. He was responsible for developing much of the city's infrastructure, including its water and public transportation systems along with bridges, tunnels, streets, and sewers, all of which contributed to making San Francisco a modern metropolis. He is best known for developing the Hetch Hetchy water system, including the dam that bears his name.