People of the Parks: An Unfolding Tale
Lands currently within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) hold centuries of history and prehistory. Born from the elements, the varied landscapes within the park were shaped by remarkable people who, either passing through or making them home, have influenced how we view park sites today.
This exhibit portrays a sampling of groups whose contributions have helped to shape the GGNRA story. The Early Peoples panel highlights the cultural foundations of the land, from indigenous peoples, through Spanish and Mexican colonization, and the influence of the United States government beginning in 1846. Our park's prominent military history is showcased through stories of its Soldiers, specifically the men for whom Tennessee Hollow was named in 1898.
As a national recreation area, an important part of the park's history is told through its Recreationists, who first flocked to the shores of San Francisco for Chutes at the Beach, the Cliff House, and Sutro Baths, and who continue to visit in record numbers.
Finally, partnerships maintaining park resources are portrayed through the Conservationists and the Scientists, who continue to protect the land and interpret the park's cultural resources and natural environment.