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Philosophical Intent: Nostos is the Greek word for homecoming, the plural of which is nostoi and is often applied to the homeward journey of Greek heroes returning from war. Algos is the Greek word for pain or longing. Both combine to form the root of the word Nostalgia, which was coined as a medical term in 1688 by Johannes Hofer, a Swiss medical student, to describe the psychological condition of longing for the past.

Nostalgia is a longing for persons, things, or situations of the past; it is Homesickness. Nostos Algos the blog is a grasping at straws: an attempt to find meaning in a world that is a tapestry of things past, present, and in the pipeline. This blog is a vessel for memory, which is a condition of existence; a home in the world for a writer afflicted with nostalgia that is loosely carved into four overlapping categories: Musical Miner, History Nerd, Social Consumer and Miscellany. Although the history nerding has largely transferred to Outsidelands.org…

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Author’s Credentials: The woman behind each grasp you read is Nicole Meldahl, aka Nostos Nic–a San Francisco archivist, history nerd, and music lover who dabbles in photography, philosophy and poetry.

Nicole has gotten around, professionally. She started calling herself a freelance writer in undergrad so she could see concerts for free, and people began paying her to review music and write band bios; this habit escalated, and now people pay her to write all sorts of things. With degrees in History and Museum Studies from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco, respectively, she’s worked with the Park Archives and Records Center Archives in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 500 Capp Street, the California Historical Society, and The Walt Disney Family Museum.

Since 2012, her passion project has been Western Neighborhoods Project–a 501(c)3 nonprofit that preserves, interprets, and shares the diverse history and culture of San Francisco’s west side. Amongst other radness, WNP opened a pop-up museum in the former Cliff House Restaurant and also manages the OpenSFHistory archive. She’s forever grateful that WNP’s co-founders handed her the keys to the organization in January 2020, when she took over as Executive Director. Now, she’s up to all kinds of good trouble.

Running a San Francisco nonprofit is a more-than-full-time job, but this site is updated when she has a few moments to spare. You can follow Nostos Nic on Spotify to see what music she’s into these days and catch new episodes of her history podcast, “Outside Lands San Francisco.” You’ll find her on Instagram (@nostosnic) sharing cat photos, San Francisco things, and behind-the-scenes museum action…not necessarily in that order. She also technically has Twitter and Facebook profiles but those are dusty. And no, none of these photos of her are current but they are currently the best ones she has…

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