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February 04, 2014
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE FOR COMMENTS ON AQUATIC PARK PROMENADE REHABILITATION
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 4-7pm in the Maritime Museum, 900 Beach St, San Francisco

January 27, 2014
Women’s Roles In Maritime History Highlighted During Month Of March In National Park
Women’s Roles In Maritime History Highlighted During Month Of March In National Park

January 23, 2014
Unique Community Storytelling Event Celebrates Chinese Immigrant Heritage
Lunar New Year Event Will Present Folk Memories Across Generations Saturday, February 8, 2014, 2-4pm aboard the 1886 Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier

January 17, 2014
Whaling, Salmon Cannery Laborers, Sea Chanteys And Photo Exhibit Highlight Black History Month At National Park
Black History Month programs and exhibits highlighting African American and West Indies maritime history.

January 13, 2014
Come To the Water:Teaching San Francisco Black History
A discussion on the national theme of Black History Month – African Americans and the Civil War, presented by historian and author John William Templeton.

November 13, 2013
Old Time Maritime Christmas
Old-Time Maritime Christmas Takes Visitors Back To 1901 Saturday, December 14, 2013, 6:00pm-9:00pm, at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco. Information and reservations: 415-447-5000

November 13, 2013
Special Holiday Celebration
Christmas At Sea on Hyde Street Pier offers unique family fun for all! Saturday, December 14, 2013, 3:00pm, aboard Balclutha. Admission: Adults, $5. Ages 15 and under, free (with adult supervision). Free with national park passes.

October 28, 2013
Sea Music Duo Perform Concert Aboard 1886 Sailing Ship At National Park
John Roberts and Debra Cowan sea music concert, accompanying themselves on concertina and guitar, performing old and new songs from American and British seafaring traditions.

October 18, 2013
National Park “Irish Traditions” Night Aboard 1886 Sailing Ship Features Outstanding Performers of Traditional Irish Songs and Music
A concert of Irish music and songs featuring 3 acts: Shay Black, Amelia Hogan, and the traditional Irish music band The Jammy Dodgers.

October 17, 2013
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Re-Opens!
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park re-opens to visitors today! Great weather makes this the perfect time to experience San Francisco’s historic waterfront.

September 23, 2013
ONE OF ENGLAND’S FINEST PERFORMERS OF SEA SONGS COMES TO SAN FRANCISCO: BRIAN PETERS ABOARD SAILING SHIP BALCLUTHA 9-28-13.
What: A concert of songs of seafarers, featuring Brian Peters.   When: Saturday, September 28, 2013, 8pm – 10pm.   Where: At San Francisco Maritime National historical Park, aboard the ship Balclutha, berthed at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco.

August 23, 2013
NATIONAL PARK SEA MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL MARITIME HERITAGE
A Sea Music Festival, featuring some of the finest performers of traditional seafaring songs and instrumental music.

August 16, 2013
NATIONAL PARK 25TH ANNUAL SEA MUSIC CONCERT SERIES CELEBRATES OUR SEAFARING HERITAGE
Experience the driving rhythms of shipboard work songs, and the beauty of ballads and instrumentals, aboard the 1886 Glasgow-built sailing ship Balclutha.

July 17, 2013
SEA MUSIC FESTIVAL AT SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL MARITIME HERITAGE!
A music festival celebrating our international maritime heritage through performances on two outdoor stages, and aboard two historic floating vessels, all at Hyde Street Pier.

July 15, 2013
Free Exhibits and Viewing Areas at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
“Americas’s Cup and Historic Racing on San Francisco Bay – 1880s to 2013” Daily, Thru November, 10am-4pm, in the Maritime Museum, 900 Beach Street, SF

May 30, 2013
HANDS-ON LEARNING ABOARD 1891 NATIONAL LANDMARK SCOW SCHOONER ALMA! 2013
Back for a seventh season - San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park to take passengers on a three-hour San Francisco Bay sailing adventure, summer and fall seasons!

February 19, 2013
Storytelling Aboard 19th Century Sailing Ship Celebrates Lunar New Year of the Water Snake
Storytelling Aboard 19th Century Sailing Ship Celebrates Lunar New Year of the Water Snake Poetry/Folk Memories Honor Bay Area and Sierra Nevada Chinese Pioneers’ Spirit of Transformation Saturday, February 23, 2013, 2:30-4:30pm aboard the 1886 Square-Rigger Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier

November 26, 2012
Christmas at Sea on Hyde Street Pier 2012
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park presents “Christmas At Sea!” This special holiday celebration features live music, refreshments, ornament-making, and a special visit from Santa Claus.

November 26, 2012
Old Time Maritime Christmas 2012
On Saturday, December 8, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s costumed Living History players will present its annual Old Time Maritime Christmas, bringing maritime history to life in this unique holiday program.

October 03, 2012
Pacific NW Duo SHANGHAIED ON THE WILLAMETTE to Perform Sea Music Concert Aboard Historic Sailing Ship
A concert of traditional and contemporary seafaring songs, performed by outstanding Pacific Northwest duo “Shanghaied on the Willamette.”

June 20, 2012
SEA MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES OUR SEAFARING HERITAGE
A Sea Music Festival, featuring singers, instrumentalists, and dance troupes, held at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

June 19, 2012
24TH ANNUAL SEA MUSIC CONCERT SERIES ABOARD HISTORIC SHIP BALCLUTHA 2012
Experience chanteys, seafaring ballads, and instrumentals aboard a historic ship!

June 18, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME LABOR HISTORY COMES ALIVE WITH LIVING HISTORY REENACTMENTS AT HYDE STREET PIER 2012
On Saturday, July 14, 2012, on Hyde Street Pier from 12-4pm, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park presents an afternoon of costumed living history depicting events during the 1901 San Francisco waterfront strike.

June 08, 2012
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park 
Offers Free Admission to Historic Ships this Saturday, June 9, 2012
Get a head start on your summer fun with free admission to the National Historic Landmark ships at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park this Saturday, June 9.

May 21, 2012
Back for a sixth season: HANDS-ON LEARNING ABOARD 1891 NATIONAL LANDMARK SCOW SCHOONER ALMA!
HANDS-ON LEARNING ABOARD 1891 NATIONAL LANDMARK SCOW SCHOONER ALMA! Back for a sixth season - San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park to take passengers on a three hour San Francisco Bay sailing adventure, spring, summer and fall seasons!

April 16, 2012
Junior Ranger Day 2012
On Saturday, April 21, 2012, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park celebrates national Junior Ranger Day with a range of kids activities at Hyde Street Pier, on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

April 03, 2012
Major New Exhibit Opens In National Park Service Visitor Center
Ribbon-Cutting for “The Waterfont” at 11am on Thursday, April 19, 2012 Walk Through SF Waterfront History at Hyde and Jefferson Streets, San Francisco

March 02, 2012
Park Open House March 21, 2012
Meet Park Staff, Learn About Projects, Provide Feedback In the General’s Residence (Historic Officers Club), Fort Mason, San Francisco, 4:30-6:30pm, Wednesday, March 21, 2012

February 22, 2012
Ocean Rowing Boat Being Outfitted for Trans-Atlantic Journey
Two Men Readying for 2500-Mile Unsupported Crossing in 24 Foot Vessel Meet BOJANGLES and Her Crew March 1-7, 2012 at Hyde Street Pier

February 14, 2012
Women's History Month Programs in the Park for March 2012
Please join us for these events and programs at the park during Women's History Month March, 2012.

January 06, 2012
Come To The Water
Teaching San Francisco Black History. A discussion for Black History Month -- African-Americans during the California Spanish Era and the Civil War

January 06, 2012
Community Storytelling Highlighting San Francisco Chinese Maritime History
Free Public Event Will Present Important Overlooked Folk Memories Sunday, February 5, 2012, 3:00 to 5:00 pm aboard the 1890 EUREKA at Hyde Street Pier

December 02, 2011
Christmas At Sea on Hyde Street Pier offers unique family fun for all!
This special holiday celebration features live music, refreshments, ornament-making, and a special visit from Santa Claus.

December 01, 2011
Old Time Maritime Christmas Takes Visitors Back To 1901
On Saturday, December 10, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s costumed Living History players will present its annual Old Time Maritime Christmas, bringing maritime history to life in this unique holiday program.

October 31, 2011
Pacific Northwest Singers to Perform Aboard 1886 Sailing Ship BALCLUTHA
Hank Cramer and Brian Maskew are outstanding chantey singers, on tour from Washington State. Join us for a concert of traditional songs of the sea.

September 28, 2011
23rd Annual Sea Music Concert Series: Maritime History Comes Alive Through Concerts Featuring Leading Performers
23rd Annual Sea Music Concert Series: Maritime History Comes Alive Through Concerts Featuring Leading Performers

September 01, 2011
HANDS-ON LEARNING ABOARD 1891 SCOW SCHOONER ALMA!
HANDS-ON LEARNING ABOARD 1891 NATIONAL LANDMARK SCOW SCHOONER ALMA! Back for a fifth season - San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park to take passengers on a three hour San Francisco Bay sailing adventure, spring, summer and fall seasons!

September 01, 2011
Park Open House
PARK OPEN HOUSE: Meet Park Staff, Learn About Projects, Provide Feedback In the Maritime Museum, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park 900 Beach Street, San Francisco, 4-7PM, Thursday, September 29, 2011

August 15, 2011
SF's Chantey Sing Celebrates 30 Years of Traditional Sea Music On October 1
ENJOY FREE MUSIC ON HYDE STREET PIER 11:30AM TO 4:45PM. JOIN THE CHANTEY SING 8PM TO MIDNIGHT.

August 15, 2011
Experience "The Odyssey” Aboard an 1891 Scow Schooner
We Players presents Homer’s poetry in-motion as ALMA Sails SF’s “Wine Dark” Bay Limited run opens September 17 at SF Maritime National Historical Park’s Hyde Street Pier

June 11, 2011
CELEBRATE KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY AT SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
On Saturday, June 11, 10am-4pm, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will present its 2nd annual celebration of King Kamehameha Day, with afternoon performances of traditional Hawaiian music, a documentary film showing, and ranger-led presentations.

May 23, 2011
Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark A World-Class Exhibition Comes To San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
An exhibition of 45 magnificent and rare maps, books and illustrations of Pacific Coast exploration, dated 1544 through 1802.

April 25, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO CHINESE MARITIME HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH AT SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
San Francisco Chinese maritime history highlights Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the park.

April 04, 2011
Maritime Library Reinstates Open Hours Starting Tuesday, April 5
MARITIME LIBRARY REINSTATES OPEN HOURS STARTING TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011. No appointment necessary for library visitation. Appointments for access to archival and museum collections still required.

February 14, 2011
Celebrate Women's History Month at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
No abstract supplied.

January 28, 2011
Come to the Water: Teaching San Francisco Black History
Come to the Water: Teaching San Francisco Black History A discussion on the National Theme of Black History Month -- African-Americans and the Civil War Saturday, January 29, 2011, from 1-3pm in the Maritime Museum

January 24, 2011
Chinese New Year Celebration on Hyde Street Pier
A DAY OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, KID’S CRAFTS, RANGER TALKS, AND A “LUCKY SHIP” TO BRING IN CHINESE NEW YEAR

January 18, 2011
Discover African American History Month At The Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park celebrates African American History Month with programs throughout February, 2011.

November 18, 2010
Old Time Maritime Christmas on Hyde Street Pier
OLD-TIME MARITIME CHRISTMAS TAKES VISITORS BACK TO 1901 Saturday, December 11, 2010, 6:00pm-9:00pm, at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco. Information and reservations: 415-447-5000

October 19, 2010
Jimmy Crowley and Marla Fibish Sea Music Concert
No abstract supplied.

May 05, 2010
First Bloom Garden Design Contest
LOCAL KIDS ENTER “FIRST BLOOM” NATIONWIDE GARDEN DESIGN CONTEST THROUGH SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK AND THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION

April 20, 2010
National Park Foundation's First Bloom Program Plants Roots in San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Innovative conservation program teaches urban youth about and restoring native habitats.

April 19, 2010
Junior Ranger Day Highlights National Park Week
On Saturday, April 24, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park celebrates national Junior Ranger Day with a range of kids activities at Hyde Street Pier, on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

April 19, 2010
HANDS-ON LEARNING ABOARD 1891 NATIONAL LANDMARK SCOW SCHOONER ALMA!
Haul line to raise the sails with National Park Service Rangers as you explore the Bay aboard the historic 60 foot ALMA!

February 24, 2010
Craig Kenkel Named Superintendent of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Craig Kenkel Named Superintendent of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

February 18, 2010
Celebrate Women's History Month
Displays and programs are held throughout the month of March.

November 24, 2009
Holiday Celebration at Hyde Street Pier 2009
Unique Holiday Celebration at Hyde Street Pier Offers Family Fun for All! Saturday, December 12, 2009, 3:00pm, aboard BALCLUTHA.

October 08, 2009
Video Adventure on the High Seas
An overview of the video recording collection in the J. Porter Shaw Library located in the park.

October 01, 2009
Sea Music Group THE JOHNSON GIRLS To Perform Aboard Historic Ship In San Francisco
On Saturday, November 14, at 8:00pm, The Johnson Girls, a sea music band from New York, will perform a concert aboard the historic sailing ship Balclutha, berthed at Hyde Street Pier on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

September 17, 2009
San Francisco Maritime Launches New Audio Tour!
San Francisco Maritime Launches New Audio Tour. Lively tour through national park connects new audiences with maritime history.

August 31, 2009
Irish Singer Robbie O'Connell to Perform at San Francisco Maritime
Famed Irish Singer Robbie O'Connell to Perform at National Park

August 27, 2009
ACCLAIMED FOLK SINGER HANK CRAMER BEGINS NATIONAL PARK 21ST ANNUAL SEA MUSIC CONCERT SERIES
On Saturday, September 26, at 8pm, acclaimed folk singer Hank Cramer opens the 21st annual Sea Music Concert Series at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park with a performance of sea chanteys and other songs of the sea.

July 27, 2009
Labor Day Celebration at the Park
No abstract supplied.

June 23, 2009
Aquatic Park Bathhouse Lobby Opening Daily Starting June 21, 2009
Visitors Can View “Hidden” WPA Murals for the First Time in 50 Years Park Rangers Will Be On-Hand to Tell the Building’s Story from 11am-4pm

June 01, 2009
San Francisco Maritime Labor History Comes Alive With Living History Reenactments at Hyde Street Pier
On Saturday, July 11, 2009, on Hyde Street Pier from 12-4pm, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park presents an afternoon of costumed living history depicting events during the 1901 San Francisco waterfront strike.

April 13, 2009
Hands-On Learning Aboard 1891 National Landmark Scow Schooner ALMA
Back for a third season - San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park to take passengers on a three-hour San Francisco Bay sailing adventure, spring, summer and fall seasons!

February 23, 2009
March is Women's History Month
Ashore and at sea, women found opportunity for employment, responsibility, and heroism. National Park staff present programs spotlighting the contributions women have made to maritime history since the 19th century.

February 22, 2009
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Announces Proposal to Close Aquatic Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park announces proposal to close Aquatic Park Recreational Pier (Muni Pier) from dusk to dawn due to unsafe conditions.

January 25, 2009
136-Foot Coastal Schooner Temporarily Berthed At SF Maritime National Historical Park
136-Foot Coastal Schooner Temporarily Berthed At SF Maritime National Historical Park

January 25, 2009
First Sunday Free Announced at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
$5 Adult Entrance Fee Waived On First Sunday of Each Month, Starting January 2009

November 13, 2008
Unique Holiday Celebration at Hyde Street Pier Offers Family Fun for All
Family fun holiday celebration at Hyde Street Pier on the historic ship Eureka.

September 09, 2008
Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrating The Hispanic Heritage in West Coast Maritime History

September 09, 2008
National Public Lands Day
Free Admission To Board Historic Ships On National Public Lands Day!

August 06, 2008
Geoff Kaufman in Concert on Balclutha
Authentic Sea Songs Aboard a Historic Ship: Saturday, September 27, 2008, 8pm, aboard Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco.

July 31, 2008
Celebrate Labor Day with Songs of Sea Labor: A Concert by Sea Music Performers Holdstock and Macleod
Monday, September 1, Noon-1:30pm, aboard Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier, $5, Ages 15 and under free.

April 02, 2008
Waterfront Walking Tour
"From Gold Rush to National Park" Tracks 160 Years of San Francisco History

April 02, 2008
National Park Week
Celebrate "Kids in Parks" During National Park Week at San Francisco Maritime

April 02, 2008
San Francisco Maritime Celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Chinese Legacy

March 28, 2008
April 2008 Open House
Park Open House Wednesday, April 23, 2008 from 4-7pm in the Visitor Center

February 13, 2008
Celebrate Women's History Month
Description of exhibits and programs offered at the park during March.

January 09, 2008
African Americans and Our Seafaring Heritage
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Celebrates African American History Month

November 20, 2007
Holiday Celebration at Hyde Street Pier
Saturday, December 8, 2007, 3:00 p.m., aboard Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier

September 13, 2007
14th Annual National Public Lands Day
Free Admission to Board Historic Ships On National Public Lands Day

August 29, 2007
19th Annual Sea Music Concert Series
Two performances onboard the historic sailing ship Balclutha.

May 27, 2007
New Waterfront Walking Tour
From Gold Rush To National Park: Tracks 160 Years Of San Francisco History

May 23, 2007
2007 Structural Report Documents Deterioration of Municipal Pier
SF Maritime National Historical Park Will Gate 1400-Foot Pier to Prevent Overloading

May 23, 2007
June Is For Families At The Park
Sing a sea chantey, earn a Junior Ranger badge, and take the wheel of a 19th century ship.

April 03, 2007
Asian/Pacific American Month at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Special ranger-led programs and exhibits presented throughout the month of May

March 25, 2007
Junior Ranger Day - April 28, 2007 - Centerpiece of National Park Week
Hands-On Learning For Kids Highlights Week of Activities as San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Celebrates National Park Week, April 22-29, 2007.

March 20, 2007
Schooner C. A. Thayer Returns to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
National Park Service saves 1895 National Historic Landmark

March 08, 2007
Park Offers Free Volunteer Docent Training Class
Free class offered on three Sundays -- April 15, 22, and 29, 2007

February 27, 2007
2007 Youth Conservation Corps Program
San Francisco Maritime is Recruiting for the 2007 Maritime Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Program

February 21, 2007
Free Admission on Mondays in March 2007
On all four Mondays in March, 2007, admission to board the historic ships will be free.

February 21, 2007
Maritime Classes at the Park
Learn sailing, bronze casting oarmaking and more.

February 07, 2007
Women's History Month at San Francisco Maritime
Special screening of Nationally Shown Documentary Film Highlights March Programming

January 03, 2007
African Americans and Our Seafaring History
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park celebrates African American History Month

November 20, 2006
Aquatic Park Open for Swimming
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s Aquatic Park Lagoon re-opened for swimming today.

November 17, 2006
Aquatic Park Lagoon Closure
Aquatic Park Lagoon will remain closed to swimming through the weekend (November 18-19).

September 17, 2006
Maritime Library Updates Access to Aid Researchers
J. Porter Shaw Library Will Change to Appointment Only Hours on Monday, October 2, 2006

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