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Crissy Field then and now: Interactives show transformation from concrete to beloved parklands

Crissy Field is seen before its transformation from concrete to urban oasis, seen here in a 1997 file photo.

Remember when Crissy Field was a barren parking lot with tumbleweeds rolling through? Interactive sliders show just how much it’s changed for the better, as we look to the future with Crissy Field Next. Play around with the before and after images to see the change. more >>


October 2018 | Leave a comment

Final Alcatraz reunion: From escape attempts to Santa, the best stories shared about life on the Rock

Former guard Jim Albright at the final Alcatraz reunion

Several former guards and other Alcatraz residents embodied the living history of the island at the last formal reunion of the Alcatraz Alumni Association. The association faces dwindling numbers, and this was the last of many formal gatherings on the Rock. But the stories of Alcatraz residents will still be told in several different forms. more >>


September 2018 | Leave a comment

Former Alcatraz guards, others to gather for last formal reunion

Former Alcatraz guard George DeVincenzi and other alumni participate in a reunion on the island in 2015.

A chapter of San Francisco history will come to a close on Sunday, August 12 on Alcatraz Island. Members of the Alcatraz Alumni Association will gather for the final official reunion on the Rock. But their stories will continue to be told. more >>


August 2018 | Leave a comment

Dipsea Hike Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Trailblazing Run for Women’s Athletics

Dipsea Hike Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Trailblazing Run for Women’s Athletics

One hundred years ago, a historic “hike” from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach marked a major breakthrough for women’s cross-country running. The Parks Conservancy and One Tam are proud to support a community commemoration of the Women’s Dipsea Hike on April 21. more >>


April 2018 | Leave a comment

Testing the Water: Sutro Baths Case Set Precedent for Civil Rights Laws

Sutro Baths Case

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 has legal roots that can be traced to Sutro Baths, an architectural marvel that is now a picturesque ruin in our national park. In 1897, John Harris was denied entry to the baths…and the legacy of his lawsuit lives to this day. more >>


February 2018 | Leave a comment

The Presidio in the Summer of Love: The Counter-Counterculture

Presidio in the Summer of Love

San Francisco has been celebrating the of the Summer of Love, an epochal moment of free love, artistic expression, and antiwar protests. But, in 1967, what was happening on the Presidio—a venerable Army post with gates only blocks from the heart of Haight-Ashbury? more >>


August 2017 | Leave a comment

De-mist-ifying the Fog: Five Fun Facts

De-mist-ifying the Fog: Five Fun Facts

August (aka “Fog-ust”) is descending upon us like a slick and clammy shroud. As you huddle together to preserve body heat, amaze your friends with five fun facts about the fog. Better yet, bring them to FOGG Fest at Baker Beach on August 20! more >>


August 2016 | Leave a comment

The Secret School on Crissy Field in World War II

The Secret School on Crissy Field in World War II

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May, learn the legacy of Japanese Americans who fought for their country—while their families were incarcerated by their government. And discover the unassuming building—rebuilt along Crissy Field—where they trained at a top-secret school. more >>


May 2016 | Leave a comment

Buffalo Soldiers: The First African American 'Park Rangers'

Buffalo Soldiers: The First African American 'Park Rangers'

On the 150th anniversary of the formation of the African American Buffalo Soldiers regiments, learn about their vital role in the history of the national parks (and of the Presidio)—and discover why Teddy Roosevelt had a special place in his heart for them. more >>


February 2016 | Leave a comment

Hirsutory: A Hairy History of the Parklands

Mustache

With men around the world growing mustaches in “Movember,” we sought inspiration in the annals of the Golden Gate National Parks. These parklands have seen many fine gentlemen of the face fur, and this list will “razor” awareness of some fascinating historical figures! more >>


November 2014 | Leave a comment

 

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