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Major New Exhibit Opens In National Park Service Visitor Center

Part of the exhibit showing a section of a felucca fishing boat.
Visitors in the new exhibit. A replica of a Felucca fishing boat is on the right.
Photo by Judy Hitzeman

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News Release Date: April 3, 2012
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7049
Contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006

Ribbon-Cutting for "The Waterfont" at 11am on Thursday, April 19, 2012
Walk Through SF Waterfront History at Hyde and Jefferson Streets, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA - A major new exhibit in San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park's Visitor Center (corner of Hyde and Jefferson Streets) opens on Thursday, April 19, 2012. Just in time to celebrate the City's rich maritime heritage, the free exhibit "The Waterfront," invites park visitors to walk though time, and see, hear and touch San Francisco's historic working waterfront!

Amidst the sounds of Yelamu voices and single-piston engines, painted murals depict early Spanish explorers and huge timbers suspended overhead recall San Francisco's important role in the once-vibrant West Coast lumber trade. The new exhibit, which completely fills one-half of the Visitor Center, also features over 360 unique artifacts from the park's museum collection.

"The Waterfront's depiction of the City's deepwater roots advances our park's mission of preserving America's maritime heritage, and exemplifies our close connection to community," said Craig Kenkel, Park Superintendent, "In fact, many community members contributed to its stories and displays."

Whether you wish to stroll along 1920s Fishermans' Wharf, examine part of a Gold Rush vessel unearthed from under SF's Financial District, or eavesdrop on sailors trading yarns at a raucous Barbary Coast bar, "The Waterfront" is the perfect way to satisfy (or spark!) your interest in San Francisco's rich maritime cultural heritage.

"The Waterfront" will be open free during regular Visitor Center hours: 9:30am-5:00pm, seven days/week. For more information about "The Waterfront" please call 415-447-5000 or visit San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park's website at www.nps.gov/safr.

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Did You Know?

The Grace Quan, a Chinese shrimp junk, sailing on San Francisco Bay.

In 2003 employees and volunteers, from San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and China Camp State Park in Northern California, built a replica of a Chinese Shrimp Junk and named it the GRACE QUAN. More...