History

Former Alcatraz guard George DeVincenzi and other alumni participate in a reunion on the island in 2015.
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A chapter of San Francisco history will come to a close on Alcatraz Island as members of the Alcatraz Alumni Association will gather for the final official reunion on the Rock. But their stories will continue to be told.
Interior of Sutro Baths, circa 1900
Park E-Ventures Article
As we celebrate Black History Month in February, we can find resonances here in our national parks, those places historian Wallace Stegner called “the best idea we ever had.”
Crissy Field view
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Once a military site covered with asphalt and debris, Crissy Field was transformed into a beloved national park in 2001 thanks to the generosity and energy of the community.
Women’s Dipsea Hike
Park E-Ventures Article
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, 2018.
Starry sky above the Golden Gate Bridge
Park E-Ventures Article
You have 75th anniversary fever. You’ve assembled your International Orange outfit. You’ve baked Bridge-shaped cookies. You’re forming Bridge towers out of your mashed potatoes. Now what? Here are the top seven-and-a-half ways to celebrate this momentous year for the Golden Gate Bridge—that international icon in the heart of our national...
Park E-Ventures Article
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?
Tennesee Vallery Nursery
Park E-Ventures Article
Established in 1987, the Tennessee Valley Nursery closed its nearly 30-year run in May 2016. Thanks to dedicated volunteers, the facility produced thousands of plants for habitat restoration sites all across the parks. In this video, hear from some of the amazing people who made it all possible.
Studying at the MIS school in December 1941
Park E-Ventures Article
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.
Buffalo Soldiers
Park E-Ventures Article
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.
Frank Dean
Park E-Ventures Article
After a National Park Service career of almost 40 years, Frank Dean is retiring. Learn about his enduring legacy at Golden Gate—and find out what’s next for Frank in his remarkable life of work on behalf of public lands.