• A section of the bowsprint and figurehead on the bow of BALCLUTHA.

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Fathom This February 2012 Newsletter

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


February, 2012
Issue #44

Peter Kasin
Park Ranger
Newsletter editor/writer

CONTRIBUTORS:

Terry Dorman
Volunteer Coordinator

Melani Van Petten
Maritime Library Friends Assistant

IN THIS ISSUE:

CHINESE WHISPERS, COMMUNITY STORYTELLING
KLEBINGAT LECTURE SERIES: THE CRUISE OF THE SHENANDOAH
VOICE OF AMERICA BROADCASTS SEGMENT ON CHANTEY SING
VOLUNTEER TO REFIT THE BOJANGLES
LINKS

Welcome to the February issue of Fathom This! Take in programs, tours, lectures, music, and a special community storytelling event. For information on all that the park has to offer, please go to the park's official website at www.nps.gov/safr, the website of the park's cooperating San Francisco Maritime National Park Association at www.maritime.org, and the website of the cooperating Friends of the San Francisco Maritime Museum Library at www.maritimelibraryfriends.org. Also, see the park's quarterly publication, the Maritime News, at www.nps.gov/safr/parknews/newspaper.htm, or pick up a copy at the Visitor Center, Maritime Library, or Hyde Street Pier ticket booth.

Fathom This! is sent monthly. Feel free to forward it, and enter it into blogs. To receive it, or to cancel, please email the editor at peter_kasin@nps.gov. Your name and email address is never loaned or sold.

CHINESE WHISPERS, COMMUNITY STORYTELLING
Sunday, February 5, 3:00 - 5;00pm, aboard the historic ferry Eureka, Hyde Street Pier. No fee. Information: 415-447-5000, and www.chinese-whispers.org, or email stories@chinese-whispers.org. Wheelchair accessible.
Join this community storytelling afternoon of contemporary folk memories of the early Chinese pioneers who helped build the San Francisco Bay Area. The park partners with artist and project director Rene Yung and sound artist Jeremiah Moore to present this journey into our past.

Between 1849 and the early 1880s a quarter million Chinese came to California to work in the gold mines, railroads, lumber mills, fisheries, and as migrant farm laborers. There is scant record about these pioneers - they have been mostly forgotten as individuals. Hear evocative stories passed down for generations that reveal glimpses of the early Chinese immigrants and their families who lived in the San Francisco Bay region. Bring your stories about inter-cultural flow to share at the special audience story circles!

KLEBINGAT LECTURE SERIES: THE CRUISE OF THE SHENANDOAH
Tuesday, February 28, 6:00pm, in the Maritime Library, located at Fort Mason Center, Bldg. E, 3rd floor. Wheelchair accessible by elevator. Reservations and information: 415-561-7040, or email melani_van_petten@partner.nps.gov.
Taking up where the sunken C.S.S. Alabama left off, the Confederate raider C.S.S. Shenandoah played havoc with the U.S. commercial fleet in the Pacific, capturing or sinking 38 ships and taking thousands of prisoners during her nine-month voyage of destruction. We will trace the Shenandoah's 27,000 mile cruise, ending when she fired the final shot of the war - three months after Lee's surrender.
The annual Klebingat Lecture Series is presented by the Friends of the San Francisco Maritime Museum Library. Consider joining! To find out about membership, please contact Melani Van Petten at the program reservation information listed above.

VOICE OF AMERICA BROADCASTS SEGMENT ON CHANTEY SING
Link to audio and print versions: www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/places/century-old-sailor-songs-draw-crowds-today-137898408.html.
The Voice of America is broadcast worldwide. Read and listen to a segment on the park's monthly Chantey Sing. Hear how the park is preserving seafaring music traditions through it's public programming. JoAnn Mar, of National Public Radio's San Francisco affiliate station KALW, produced the story.

VOLUNTEER TO MAINTAIN THE BOJANGLES
Now through March 7, on Hyde Street Pier. Information on the Bojangles and the project, call Naomi Cole at 415-970-5233, or email naomi@olympicatlanticrow.com. Volunteer Coordinator: Terry Dorman. terry_dorman@nps.gov.
The Bojangles is a sleek silver and blue row boat berthed on Hyde Street Pier, that completed her epic Pacific voyage from Japan to San Francisco in 189 days, 10 hours and 58 minutes. Rowed by Englishmen Mick Dawson and Chris Martin, they made rowing history by becoming the first duo to row across the North Pacific from Japan to San Francisco non-stop. Well, the sleek lady will be heading back across the North Atlantic in the coming months and needs refitting to make her incredible journey back home. Mick and Chris are looking to row her home to London in time for the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games. Naomi Cole, the Bojangles Project Director, is seeking volunteers willing to assist in this project. Volunteers offering assistance will also interact with park visitors, answering questions about the project and the planned journey home. If you would like to be a part of this epic project, please contact the park's volunteer coordinator Terry Dorman at terry_dorman@nps.gov.

LINKS
www.nps.gov/safr/ San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

www.maritime.org San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, the park's nonprofit member-supported cooperating association.

www. library.nps.gov The Maritime Library's catalog.

www.museum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm The Maritime Museum catalog records.

www.maritimelibraryfriends.org The Maritime Library Friends, the library's nonprofit member-supported cooperating association.

www.hydestreetlivinghistory.org The park Living History Program's volunteer created and managed website.

www.viking-corsair.org The San Francisco Sea Scouts, the park's neighboring partner in Aquatic Park.

www.chinesewhispers.org Chinese Whispers, organization partnering with the park for the special February 29 event.

www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/places/century-old-sailor-songs-draw-crowds-today-137898408 Voice of America segment on the park's monthly Chantey Sing.

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