San Francisco History Days 2020 - Balclutha and Star of Alaska: One Ship, Two Names, and Very Mixed Experiences
Join us for a San Francisco History Days 2020 exclusive virtual tour of the Balclutha led by Park Rangers Christopher Edwards and J.R. Earnest.
The Full-Rigged Ship Balclutha is full of stories about challenge, strife, and survival. Often, these stories are interpreted through the ship’s voyages around Cape Horn. Difficult stories also manifest through the human experiences of her last career in the salmon fishing industry. During this time with the Alaska Packers Association (renamed Star of Alaska), stories of challenge, strife, and survival can be found in the plight of the cannery workers and how they became caught up in the tragic experience of debt peonage. Join Park Rangers Christopher Edwards and JR Earnest for a revealing look into the cannery workers and their shipboard living spaces.
San Francisco History Days is an annual showcase of local San Francisco history brought to you by the San Francisco Department of Memory and the Host Committee this year from September 25 – 27, 2020!
Bringing together independent historians, local history organizations, and the general public for informative fun, introductory programs begin on Friday, September 25, and lead into coordinated city-wide programming on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. The weekend features select and safe in-person activities like guided walking tours, curated highlights from registered participants on the San Francisco History Days website, and live virtual presentations.
We may still be physically distanced but we can gather around the joy of local history!
All of this is made possible by the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development through its Invest in Neighborhoods Program, courtesy of District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer.
Go to https://sfhistorydays.org/ to learn more.