Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

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Date: August 31, 2017


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with family-friendly Park Ranger programs highlighting Spanish explorers and settlement in the Bay Area. Discover stories of sea captains and traders, and learn how Spanish, Mexican and Native American cultures interacted with each other.

September 24 and October 14, 2017 (see "Programs" below).

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Standard ships admission fees apply: Adults, $10. Ages 15 and under (accompanied by an adult), free. Free with national park passes.


Northbound: The Story of Cabrillo and His Venture into the Unknown of Alta California
Sunday, September 24, 3:00-3:45pm, on the schooner C.A. Thayer
In 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Spanish explorer, set sail from Baja California northbound to Alta California. He went further north than anyone before him, and though he would not return from this voyage, most of his men would. The discoveries they made were not only of new lands and people, but also of the extreme and threatening conditions that would challenge mariners sailing the West Coast for hundreds of years to come.

The Maritime Folklore of the Spanish Pacific
Sunday, September 24, and Saturday, October 14, 1:00-1:45pm, meets on Hyde Street Pier.
Hear a yarn and spin a yarn. You are invited to explore the folktales of the Spanish Pacific from Guam to the Philippines and from Argentina to the Two Californias with a ranger. Don’t forget to bring a tale of your own to share!

Wheat on the Imperial Fringe: Spanish California, Climate Change, and the Fate of Empires
Saturday, October 14th, 3:00-3:45pm, on the schooner C.A. Thayer.
Learn about the interplay between maritime trade, climate change, & conflict between Spanish and Mexican Alta California, Imperial Russia, Great Britain, and the American Republic between 1812 and 1848.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf, includes a fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and the Aquatic Park Historic District. For more information, please call 415-447-5000 or visit nps.gov/safr, Twitter @SFMaritimeNPS, and Facebook @SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers assisted listening services on request. Sign Language interpreter services need to be requested at least five days in advance. Contact Accessibility Coordinator/Chief of Interpretation for more information at 415-859-6797, or e-mail us.

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Last updated: September 6, 2017

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