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Women's History Month Programs in the Park for March 2012

A profile view of a seated African American woman.
Mary Ellen Pleasant
Bancroft Library

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News Release Date: February 14, 2012
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7049

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

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.

Women Who Changed Maritime History - A Photographic Exhibit
Daily, throughout the month of March, 9:30am-5pm, in the park Visitor Center at 499 Jefferson Street. FREE.
Photo exhibition illustrating the significant impact women have had on maritime history.

Living History Players: Suffragette March and Ladies Salon
Saturday, March 10: Suffragettes at 12 noon and 3pm on Hyde Street Pier; Ladies Salon at 2pm aboard the Ark houseboat. FREE.
The year is 1901. Experience a costumed living history reenactment of a suffragette march in support of votes for women! Cheer or jeer the activists as they walk down Hyde Street Pier! Join a salon of Victorian women for a "Tea with the Ladies" to discuss the issues of the day.

Mary Ellen Pleasant, San Francisco and the Underground Railroad
Sunday, March 25 and Saturday, March 31, 3-3:30pm. Meet in the Visitor Center. FREE.
Why would an African American woman arrive by ship to the Gold Rush port of San Francisco in 1849? We will trace Pleasant's life and accomplishments during and after the Gold Rush.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a fleet of historic ships, the Maritime Museum in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse building, Visitor Center, and Maritime Library, and offers both regular programs and special events. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park's website at http://www.nps.gov/safr

Did You Know?

A white marking painted on the port side of Balclutha with letters and lines.

This "Plimsoll Mark" is painted on the port side of Balclutha and named for Samuel Plimsoll, an Englishman who fought to pass the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876. Before this law, many ships were dangerously overloaded and many sank. These “coffin ships” claimed the lives of many sailors. More...