San Francisco Maritime Celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7170
CHINESE LEGACY: SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
CELEBRATES ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park presents two programs highlighting the lives
and labors of San Francisco Chinese Americans in late 19th and early 20th-century salmon and shrimp industries. Tour one of the last surviving sailing ships that took cannery workers from San Francisco’s Chinatown to Alaska. Explore the replica San Francisco Bay Chinese Junk Grace Quan. View historic photographs of the cannery workers and explore their living quarters in the Cargo Is King exhibit aboard the Balclutha.
CHINESE CANNERY WORKERS
Sundays, May 11 and 25, 1:00pm. Meet on Balclutha’s main deck. Admission: Adults, $5, ages 15 and under, free. Free with national park passes.
Explore the lives and cultural contributions of Chinese laborers who sailed from San Francisco to Alaska for the great salmon runs, in this walking tour of the historic three-masted sailing ship Balclutha.
CHINESE SHRIMP JUNK GRACE QUAN RAISES SAIL
Saturdays, May 10 and 17, 11:30am. Meet on Hyde Street Pie. Free admission.
Grace Quan is a replica 19th century San Francisco shrimp junk. Watch her sail being raised, then come aboard and haul a net, explore the crew’s cabin, and take a turn at the tiller.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, visitor center, maritime museum (closed for renovation) and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/safr.
Did You Know?
The brick building that houses the Visitor Center was built in 1908. It was originally constructed as a warehouse for the California Fruit Canners Association. The building was was given Landmark Status in 1975.