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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

July, 2007



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Guardians of the Golden Gate Lecture on July 10

It's the biggest national park of any US urban area and it's at our fingertips. On Tuesday, July 7, Bay Area residents will have the opportunity to learn how volunteers and legislators fought to create and maintain it.
Their battle to save the GGNRA began with a few neighborhood leaders and what they learned along the way can help any community save its special places. New Guardians for the Golden Gate: How America Got a Great National Park by Amy Meyer and Randolph Delehanty details these events, to be described by Meyer at 7:30 p.m. in Building A, Lower Fort Mason. Her talk is sponsored by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society and is free to current SFMHS members. A $10 donation is requested from non-members, which may be applied toward membership. A 7 p.m. reception precedes the lecture.

Community advocates fought for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area at a time when many people deeply believed that individuals could make a difference and Μβε contribute significantly to public welfare and our nation. Spanning 35 eventful years, Meyer's story describes the dedicated citizens who made our democratic system work for the common good, willing the fight to save these dramatic and historic lands. The tale confirms the power of dreams, the effectiveness of political action, and the positive role of government.

According to John King of the San Francisco Chronicle, "Meyer is the perfect person to tell the story: she's one of the original players who made up something we now take for granted Μβε - tactical community activism. Consider New Guardians for the Golden Gate regional history and more. It's a primer showing how intelligent people with a worthy goal can alter the landscape. Or in this case, keep it the way it was always meant to be."

The nonprofit SFMHS plans to restore the Old Mint at Fifth and Mission Sts. into a permanent 33,000 sq. ft. museum. The $89 million renovation and adaptive reuse project will create a magnificent and innovative San Francisco/Bay Area history museum, a separate museum on American money and the story of the Old Mint, a new home for the San Francisco Visitors Center, and retail stores along Jesse Street adjacent to a newly-approved pedestrian space- Mint Plaza. Μβε Slated to open in 2011, the building, also know as "The Granite Lady," was built in 1874 and is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation list of most endangered places.

For additional information, call 415. 775-1111 or log onto www.sfhistory.org.



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