#Onthisday in 1967, the words “Summer of Love” were first used in the San Francisco Chronicle


#‎Onthisday‬ 49 years ago, the words “Summer of Love” first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle carrying the term into the ‘mainstream media’ in San Francisco, California and the country. The article focused on a press conference held the previous day by a group of young people calling themselves the “Council for the Summer of Love” to help plan for the thousands of young people that were already arriving in San Francisco each day during Spring 1967.


Council.sm.HVSChet Helms and the Council for the Summer of Love/Photo by Gene Anthony

“Good Hippies’ Summer Plans” was the headline for the article on page 3 of the paper. You can read more about the Council (led by The Family Dog, The Straight Theatre, The Diggers, The San Francisco Oracle and about twenty-five individuals) at this PBS link:

In honor of this anniversary, the California Historical Society yesterday held a gathering (many with connections to the original Council) to discuss plans for next year’s 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Stay tuned for much more on this historical celebration.


Adam Hirschfelder