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Women’s Roles In Maritime History Highlighted During Month Of March In National Park

The stern of a lumber schooner with two men and a woman standing on the deck.
Captain and Mrs. G. T. Peterson aboard C. A. Thayer, San Pedro Harbor (near Los Angeles, CA), December, 1905.
NPS, SAFR D9.7883n

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News Release Date: January 27, 2014
Contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006

Exhibit: Women Who Changed Maritime History

Daily, throughout March, in the Visitor Center, 499 Jefferson Street, at Hyde. Wheelchair accessible. Information: 415-447-5000, or www.nps.gov/safr/

View a photo exposition illustrating the often overlooked impact women have had on maritime history.

Petticoat Progressives, Playgrounds, and the Birth of the Aquatic Park: 1909-1939

Sundays, March 2, 16, and 23, 3pm. Meets in the Maritime Museum lobby, 900 beach Street, foot of Polk Street. Free admission. Wheelchair accessible. Information: 415-447-5000, or www.nps.gov/safr/

Viewed from satellite imagery, Aquatic Park instantly contrasts with all other structures on the northern waterfront. What sets this site, now an historic district, apart in its design? Come visit us at the Maritime Museum Building for an exploration of one of the first political contests in San Francisco pitting the organized women’s vote against the captains of industry.

Living History Suffragette March

Saturday, March 8, noon, and repeated at 3pm. On Hyde Street Pier. Free admission. Wheelchair accessible. Information: 415-447-5000, or www.nps.gov/safr/ 

Turn back the clock to 1901 and experience a costumed Living History reenactment of a suffragette march in support of women’s right to vote. Join the march, or express your support or non-support from the sidelines!

Living History Victorian Ladies Salon

Saturday, March 8, 2:00pm, in the Lewis Ark houseboat, on Hyde Street Pier. Free admission. Information: 415-447-5000, or www.nps.gov/safr/

Join a salon of costumed Victorian-era women as they discuss the issues of the day. Take part in the discussion and voice your own opinion.

Heroines at Sea: Adventures of Whaling Wives

Saturdays, March 15 and 29, 3pm, aboard Balclutha. Ships admission fees apply: Adults, $5. Ages 15 and under (accompanied by an adult), free. Free with national park passes. Information: 415-447-5000 or www.nps.gov/safr/

A captain’s wife might accompany him during the Age of Sail. Voyages were mostly routine, but amazing adventures could happen. How did a Victorian woman handle the challenges of life at sea? Hear selected true stories as we tour the Balclutha sailing ship.

Women's History Month photo gallery.

More about women and maritime history.

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Did You Know?

The exterior of the historic brick buiding that houses the park visitor center.

The brick building that houses the Visitor Center was built in 1908. It was originally constructed as a warehouse for the California Fruit Canners Association. The building was was given Landmark Status in 1975.