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Fathom This April 2013

FATHOM THIS!
The monthly newsletter from San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

April, 2013
Issue #58

IN THIS ISSUE:
KLEBINGAT LECTURE: THE SHIPS AND VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN W.H. MARSTON
IF SHIPS COULD SPEAK: AN INTRODUCTION TO INTERPRETATION
MORGAN SMITH, NEW ACTING CHIEF, INTERPRETATION AND VISITOR SERVICES
NEW PARK GUIDE DEBBIE KINNEY
LINKS

Welcome to spring in our fair city, and to San Francisco National Historical Park, your "floating national park" on the historic waterfront. For information on all the programs and events the park and its cooperating associations have to offer, plus information on the park's fleet of floating historic vessels, artifacts, documents and library collections, please see the links to websites at the end of this newsletter. Fathom This! is sent monthly. Feel free to forward it, and enter it, in whole or in part, into blogs. To receive it, or to cancel, please contact the editor at peter_kasin@nps.gov. Your contact information is never loaned or sold.

KLEBINGAT LECTURE: THE SHIPS AND VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN W.H. MARSTON

Tuesday, April 9, 6:00pm In the Maritime Library, Fort Mason Center, Bldg. E, 3rd Floor. Wheelchair accessible by elevator. Donation: $5 general, $4 Maritime Library Friends and San Francisco Maritime National Park Association members. Information and reservations: 415-561-7040, or email melani_van_petten@partner.nps.gov.

The career of Captain William H. Marston spanned more than 30 years of the Age of Sail, commanding many ships sailing in and out of his home port of San Francisco. His great grandson, Phil Gate, will talk about the life and adventures of this mariner from the days of the tall ships.

IF SHIPS COULD SPEAK: AN INTRODUCTION TO INTERPRETATION AT SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

Sunday, May 5, 10:00am-4:00pm. Free, but reservations required. To register, and for more information, please contact terry Dorman, Volunteer Coordinator, at 415-561-7160, or email terry_dorman@nps.gov.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer docent at the park? The training course will introduce participants to maritime history and to the art of presenting educational programs. Learn the stories preserved by the park's collection of authentic 19th and 20th century vessels, and chart a course as a steward of this unique "floating national park." Once trained, docents will share their knowledge with park visitors through formal educational programs and informal contacts.

MORGAN SMITH, NEW ACTING CHIEF, INTERPRETATION AND VISITOR SERVICES

We welcome Morgan Smith, here on a 120-day detail from the East Bay national parks, as our park's new Chief, interpretation and Visitor Services (Acting).

While completing a double major in Art history and Art management at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, Morgan Smith worked in the Education Department at the Gibbes Museum of Art. In 2001, Morgan moved to New York City where he earned a Masters Degree in Museum Education from Ban Street College. During his graduate studies he gained experience in exhibit and program development at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. At the City Park's Foundation, he gained experience educating urban teachers and children through seminars, park field trips and after-school programs. Morgan's passion for educating children led him to teach beginning with seventh grade and leading to first grade.

Morgan began his career with the National Park Service in 2004 at the Statue of Liberty National Monument. He was promoted from Park Ranger to Supervisory Ranger/Education Specialist at Ellis Island where he collaborated with community groups, expanded education programs through technology and developed a dialogue program that earned him the North East region's nomination for the National Freeman Tilden Award. Since 2008, Morgan has served as the Chief of Interpretation at Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, Rose the Riveter/WWII Homefront National Historical Park, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, John Muir National Historic Site. He enjoys working with staff to reinvigorate interpretation and programs at existing parks and empowering youth and communities to participate in the ongoing development of these four parks. Morgan is excited to join our team, especially during this 2013 summer on the San Francisco waterfront when so much will be happening on the bay and at San Francisco Maritime.

NEW PARK GUIDE DEBBIE KINNEY

I have had military service in the Coast Guard as Machinery Technician and as a Navy CB heavy equipment operator. I've performed interpretive tours in Alaska for Princess and Holland America Tours. I started working in the National Park Service may, 2012 at Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I transferred here to accept a position as a Park Guide after graduating college in December, 2012 with a social sciences degree.

LINKS

http://www.nps.gov/safr.htm San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

http://www.museum.nps.gov/Parkindex.aspx (then choose our park from the list).

http://www.bywatersolutions.com The Maritime library catalog.

http://www.fullfathomcollections.blogspot.com The Maritime Library collections blog.

http://www.maritime.org San Francisco Maritime National Park Association. The park's nonprofit member-supported cooperating association.

http://www.maritimelibrayfriends.org Maritime Library Friends, the library's nonprofit member-supported cooperating association.

http://www.hydestreetlivinghistory.org The park's Living History program.

http://www.weplayers.org Theatre company and park partner.


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