Monday, May 8, 2017

History Week

It was San Francisco History Week, at least for me. I had the opportunity to sketch at the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park research Library and the San Francisco Presidio Archaeology Lab. Learned more about early SF in both places!

The folks at the Maritime Library at Fort Mason brought out objects from the collection for us to sketch. Everything from a ship in a bottle to a model of a ship figurehead. They also included the history of each object that only added to the experience. The library is a great place to research anything to do with the maritime history of SF and while browsing through the books I came across a photo of my father taken in 1949 at his downtown Matson Line office! Thanks Gina Bardi for setting up the displays for us.

On Saturday we sketched the ongoing excavation of the 1815 Spanish fortress at the Presidio taking place in front of the Officer's Club. There are excellent on-site docents and archeologists who are a wealth of information! We also sketched at the lab where we saw many things that had been found at the Presidio, from boots to animal skulls to pottery. Thank you Megan Kane for arranging our day at the dig and lab.

You can see more sketches at https://www.meetup.com/SF-Sketchers/ (click the photos tab).
– Cathy McAuliffe







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