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Fathom This January 2012 Newsletter

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


January, 2012
Issue # 43

Peter Kasin
Park Ranger
Newsletter editor/writer

Contributors:

Christine Baird
Interpretive Specialist

Melani Van Petten
Library Friends Assistant

IN THIS ISSUE:
MARITIME NEWS
KLEBINGAT LECTURE SERIES
COME TO THE WATER: TEACHING SAN FRANCISCO BLACK HISTORY
LINKS

Happy new year from the staff and volunteers at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park! We look forward to a year of events on Hyde Street pier and aboard the historic vessels, to sailing aboard the scow schooner Alma on San Francisco Bay beginning this Spring, to the Klebingat lecture Series in the library, and the Fall/Winter Sea music Concert Series. Information on these and many other programs will be forthcoming as the year progresses. For more information, visit us at www.nps.gov/safr, San Francisco Maritime National Park Association's website at www.maritime.org, and the library Friends at www.maritimelibraryfriends.org.

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MARITIME NEWS
Did you know that the park has a quarterly publication where you can find information on all the park's programs, plus a kid's page, and other features? The Maritime News can be viewed on the park's website at www.nps.gov/safr/parknews/newspaper.htm, or pick up a hard copy edition at the Visitor Center, 499 Jefferson Street at Hyde, the ticket booth on Hyde Street Pier, or the Maritime Museum. The latest issue covers programs and events through February.

KLEBINGAT LECTURE SERIES: CAPT. CHARLES MELVILLE SCAMMON AND THE FARALLONES EGG WAR
Tuesday, January 10, 6pm. In the Maritime library, Fort Mason Center, Bldg. E, 3rd Floor. Donation: $5 general, $4 San Francisco Maritime National Park Association and Library Friends members. Information and reservations: 415-561-7040.
Researcher Eva Chrysanthe will talk about the adventurous and brutally successful Captain Charles Melville Scammon, who, among other things, served as "boat cop" for the Farallones during the egg poaching battles of 1863.

COME TO THE WATER: TEACHING SAN FRANCISCO BLACK HISTORY
Monday, January 23, 2-4pm, in the Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street, foot of Polk Street. Wheelchair accessible by elevator. Free admission.
Tuesday, January 23, 2-4pm, aboard the ship Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier. Free admission. Wheelchair accessible. Information: 415-447-5000.
The park hosts a 2-day program, Come To The Water: Teaching San Francisco Black History, a discussion of African Americans during the Spanish era and Civil War, focusing on local African Americans who played a significant but little-known role in events leading up to and including the Civil War. The program is for all ages and admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Day one will cover the Spanish era, day two, the Civil War. Leading the discussion will be historian John Templeton, author of Come To The Water: Sharing The Rich Black Experience in San Francisco, and Our Roots Run Deep: The Black Experience In California, and Guy Washington, the National Park Service's Pacific West Region Coordinator of the Underground Network To Freedom.

LINKS
www.nps.gov/safr San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
www.maritime.org San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, the park's cooperating association.
www.library.nps.gov The Maritime library catalog.
www.museum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm The Maritime Museum catalog records.
www.maritimelibraryfriends.org The Maritime library's cooperating association.
www.hydestreetlivinghistory.org Living History players.
www.corsair-viking.org The San Francisco Sea Scouts.

Did You Know?

Fog envelopes San Francisco Bay, leaving only the top of the Golden Gate Bridge visible.

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Many attribute this phrase to Mark Twain, however the origin is unknown. It is a good thing to remember when visiting San Francisco Maritime during the summer. Don’t forget a coat, as the summer fog keeps temperatures in the city cool.