When the president of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society asked about the possibility of participating, on behalf of his group and the California Genealogical Society (which has only been around since 1898), he was told they were already full up and that they would add the genealogical societies to the list for what "might be" another event in the future, "if this is successful."
The tagline of the expo is "Piecing Together Our Past." That's what genealogists and family historians do every day. Well, maybe this event will go well and they'll have another one, and we can add family history to San Francisco's history. I'm not sure how they're planning on measuring success, though. The event is free, so there won't be any tickets to track attendance accurately.
If you go to the expo, I encourage you to mention your interest in genealogy to the event organizers. If there is a survey of some sort, suggest that next year they include genealogical organizations as well. (If you aren't going, there is a contact link on the Web site.) After all, when you research your ancestors, you need to understand the times they lived in, and when you learn about history, you are learning about the people who lived at those times. Genealogy is, at its best, the placing of a person in the context of his time -- and isn't that what a history expo should be all about?
For more information about the expo, visit http://www.sfhistory.org/
(Special thanks to reader Carol Townsend for her feedback on this post.)