Fathom This! June 2015


The monthly newsletter from

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

June, 2015

Issue #83

Welcome to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, your floating national park on San Francisco’s historic waterfront, and to this issue of Fathom This! For more information see the links at the end of this newsletter.

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Sailing Adventures Aboard Alma
Healthy Parks, Healthy People 1st Saturday Walk
New Outreach Coordinator Lucien Sonder

Sailing Adventures Aboard Alma

Selected Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, boarding at 12:30pm, sailing 1:00-4;00pm, June 4 through November 21. June dates: 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25. Boat leaves from Hyde Street Pier. Reserve at www.recreation.gov and enter San Francisco Maritime in the search box, or call 1-877-444-6777. Limited spaces may be available at the Hyde Street pier ticket booth on sailing days, 9:30am-Noon.

Bring the kids to Hyde Street Pier for sailing adventures on San Francisco Bay aboard the 1891 scow schooner ALMA. Haul lines to raise sail, or relax and enjoy the dazzling views of the bay in this unique national park experience. As you sail on this 3-hour tour (Gilligan’s Island not included), a park ranger spins tales of San Francisco’s riveting history: Native Americans, Spanish explorers, bridges, the Gold Rush, Alcatraz and Angel Islands, the infamous Barbary Coast where sailors were shanghaied from the waterfront for long ocean voyages, and more!

Before highways and bridges, hundreds of scow schooners like the ALMA plied San Francisco Bay, hauling goods as the “flatbed trucks” of their day. The last of her kind, ALMA will transport you to a long ago era on this hands-on sailing program.

Boarding is at 12:30pm, departing Hyde Street Pier at 1:00. Be prepared for cold, wind, spray, and bright sun. Life jackets and flotation devices are provided. Bring water (no alcohol permitted), snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, layers of clothing, closed toe “active” footwear (no high heels), camera, binoculars, and a sense of adventure! Trip may be cancelled due to weather, or other safety concerns, at discretion of the captain.

Healthy Parks Healthy People 1st Saturday Walk

Saturday, June 6, 10:00am – 11:00am. Meets at Bocce court area, near the top of stairs located just west of the Maritime Museum and the Aquatic Park beach. Free. Information: 415-561-7170.

This one and a quarter mile loop walk will refresh your body and enliven your mind as we’ll look and listen for resident and migratory birds of the area. Weather can be quite changeable, so plan accordingly and please remember to bring water. There will be a walk up a set of stairs to Fort Mason. Weather can be quite changeable. Please plan accordingly. This is a free public event. No registration required.

Healthy Parks Healthy People Bay Area is a group started by health care providers and park guides to help San Francisco residents explore the parks near them while improving their mental and physical health.

New Outreach Coordinator Lucien Sonder

We are happy to announce that we have filled a new position in the park: Outreach Specialist, overseeing outreach and education within the Division of Interpretation. Lucien Sonder joins us in June to start her permanent position. We are excited to welcome her to our staff! Below is her bio.

I was born and raised in Philadelphia, and attended college at the University of Vermont, where I majored in Comparative Religion. After graduating, I became interested in historic architecture, realizing that my favorite places to visit were historic sites.

After moving to NYC in 1998, I decided to pursue a masters in Historic Preservation at Columbia University, through an internship at the lower East Side Tenement Museum. I worked as Deputy Director of Education at the National Historic Landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue for 3 years, right after I earned my graduate degree. I gained experience organizing author talks, panel discussions and other programs while working at Brooklyn Public Library from 2004-2006. I moved to San Francisco in 2006.

After joining the National Park Service in 2010, I have worked as Outreach Specialist and volunteer coordinator at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. One of my favorite projects there has been the Rosie’s Girls program, a summer camp for middle school girls that introduces them to the skilled trades (carpentry and welding), and to nontraditional careers for women. The Rosie’s Girls have had the opportunity to sail aboard the ALMA for the past several years.

I am really excited to start working at San Francisco Maritime NHP, to discover and promote the maritime history of SF, and to connect new audiences with our amazing and unique site.


nps.gov/safr San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

fullfathomcollections.blogspot.com Blog about collections.

bywatersolutions.com The Maritime research Center catalog.

museum.nps.gov/parkindex.aspx Museum collections. Choose our park from the list.

facebook.com/SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP The park’s Facebook page. Be sure to “like” us!

https://twitter.com/SFMaritimeNPS The park’s Twitter feed.

youtube.com/user/SFMaritimeNHP The park’s YouTube channel.

flickr.com/photos/sfmaritimenps/ The park’s Flickr site.

maritime.org San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, the park’s nonprofit member-supported cooperating association.

maritimelibraryfriends.org Friends of the Maritime museum Library, the park Maritime Research Center’s nonprofit member-supported cooperating association.

recreation.gov ALMA reservations.

hydestreetlivinghistory.org The park’s Living History program.

corsair-viking.org San Francisco Sea Scouts, park partner and neighbor in Aquatic Park.

weplayers.org Theatre company and park partner.

Last updated: June 12, 2015

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2 Marina Boulevard, Building E, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94123


(415) 561-7000
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