Living History Day on Alcatraz
February 23, 2008

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Living History Days February 23, 08 Report:

Alcatraz Island was host to the first Living History Day with the emphasis on the American Civil War during the period of 1861 - 1865. The island is world famous for housing a Federal Prison from 1934 to 1963 along with the many notorious inmates. The island is lesser known as a military fortification that offered protection for San Francisco, the surrounding cities, and San Francisco Bay. During the period from the 1850's until a number of years after the Civil War ended the military installation on Alcatraz Island continued to be the largest fortification west of the Mississippi River. The strategic plan was to mount as many as 300 large guns on the island. On February 23, 2008, the National Park Service and the Friends of Civil War Alcatraz hosted the LHD event that was supported by the Golden Gate Conservancy. Approximately 50 Civil War re-enactors volunteered to participate in reenactment activities of the Civil War period. Their uniforms and insignias were representative of those present between 1861 and 1865 on the island. The activities included drills, marching, prisoner escort, encampment cooking, and guard duty. A uniformed band throughout the day performed Civil War period music. The band was placed near the dock area to perform for all arriving and all departing visitors to the island. The 24-pound Howitzer on display in the Sally port was used as a model to illustrate the techniques of loading and of firing a large gun by a Civil War artillery group of re-enactors. The Sally port demonstration was observed by a large number of the visitors. Displays of medical instruments and related equipment were presented along with descriptions and explanations of their use.

The staff of Alcatraz Rangers and Alcatraz Volunteers supported and facilitated the activities of the day. Interpretative programs and tours with an emphasis on those existing Civil War period historical structures that still exist on the island. Noteworthy historical structures include brick walls, guardhouse and sally port, lower level of the Citadel, gardens, and battery remnants.

A large number of public visitors and re-enactors involved themselves with tours and special exhibits in addition to observing and touring the world famous prisoner blocks of cells, the scenic landscape, the fascinating architecture on the island, and the natural beauty of the island and its surroundings.

The Friends of Civil War presented those who participated in the Living History Day with a signed certificate and a Living History Day patch.

All of the public visitors, the Civil War re-enactors, the NPS staff, Alcatraz Rangers, Alcatraz Volunteers, Alcatraz Tours, and Friends of Civil War Alcatraz are to be congratulated for the success of the Living History Day. Special thanks are given to Historian John Martini and Alcatraz Volunteer/Co-Director of FOCWA Brad Schall for their leadership of the special tours.  Alcatraz Volunteer/FOCWA  Officer John Nevins coordinated and organized an exceptional event - thank you.

Attendees with Group Leader Brad Schall:


Soldier Sean Taylor:

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Living History Days
October 4, 2008

Participants limited to 150 people.  This was an expanded version of the very successful February 23rd Living History event:

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Norm Roger

Yvonne Zolna and Jane Lehman

Barbara Gereleman (Charter Member)

Karen Groom

Lynne Ashby (Charter Member)

Billy Coye, unknown public, Tom Bispo, unknown participant

Yvonne Zolna

Leann Griffin and Sharyle Leidy

Chuck Graff (Charter Member), Tony Vranicar, Tom Bispo, Billy Coye

Amy Brees, Constance Smith-Golda (Member), Lynne Ashby (Charter Member), unknown participant, unknown participant, Emma Wall

Unknown participant, public, public, Amy Brees, Constance Smith-Golda (Member)

Unknown participant, Emma Wall

No IDís

Tony Vranicar, Jennifer Roger, Billy Ashby (Member), Steve Hessenauer, Chris Burgan

Tony Vranicar, Jennifer Roger, Billy Ashby (Member), Chris Burgan (back to camera), Tom Bispo, Steve Hessenauer

Steve Hessenauer and Tom Bispo

Billy Coye (rear rank), Tony Vranicar, Cary Dunne (rear rank), Jennifer Roger, Billy Ashby (Member), Tom Bispo (rear rank), Chris Burgan (back to camera)

Tony Vranicar, Chris Burgan, Jennifer Roger, Cary Dunne, Billy Ashby (Member), Steve Hessenauer

Members of the public with Elizabeth Lowrie

Tony Vranicar, Tom Bispo, Billy Coye, Jane Lehman

Members of the public with Elizabeth Lowrie

Scott Wall

Billy Coye

Tom Bispo

Tony Vranicar

Tom Bispo, NPS Ranger, Tony Vranicar

Chuck Graff (Charter Member)

Chuck Graff (Charter Member) and member of the public

Chuck Graff, member of the public, Jane Lehman

Tony Vranicar, Tom Bispo, Billy Coye, Jane Lehman

Billy Coye, Tom Bispo, Scott Wall (back to camera), Tony Vranicar, NPS Ranger

Tony Vranicar, Tom Bispo, Scott Wall, Billy Coye

Constance Smith-Golda (Member)

John Boyd and member of the public

No ID

No ID

John Boyd

No ID

Billy Coye

Steve Hessenauer

Norm Roger and Chris Burgan

Loren Griffith

Loren Griffith

Loren Griffith

Keith Rogers with the public

Keith Rogers

Chuck Graff (Charter Member)

Keith Rogers

No ID

Unknown participant

Yvonne Zolna and Jane Lehman

Elizabeth Lowrie

Maryanne Roger, member of the public, Chuck Graff (Charter Member)

Maryanne Roger

Maryanne Roger, member of the public, Chuck Graff (Charter Member)

Chuck Graff (Charter Member) and Amy Brees

Chuck Gardali (Charter Member)

Laurie Rogers

John Cantwell, Jayeson Vance, Chuck Graff (Charter Member), Amy Brees, Tony Vranicar, Tom Bispo, Billy Coye, Jane Lehman

Fred Bohmfalk (Charter Member), John Cantwell, Jayeson Vance, Tom Bispo, Chuck Graff (Charter Member), Amy Brees

Fred Bohmfalk (Charter Member), John Cantwell, Tom Bispo, Jayeson Vance, Chuck Graff (Charter Member)

Jennifer Roger and Cary Dunne

Billy Coye, member of the public, Tom Bispo, Tony Vranicar

Norm Roger

Norm Roger and unknown

Jane Lehman and Yvonne Zolna

Billy Coye, member of the public, Tom Bispo, Tony Vranicar

Laurie Rogers

No ID

Laurie Rogers with the public

Unknown participant

Billy Coye

Amy Brees and Constance Smith-Golda (Member)

Amy Brees and Constance Smith-Golda (Member)

John Boyd

John Boyd and Amy Brees

Constance Smith-Golda (Member)

Billy Coye, Cary Dunne, Tony Vranicar, Jennifer Roger, Chris Burgan

Chuck Graff (Charter Member)

Billy Coye, Cary Dunne, Tony Vranicar, Jennifer Roger, Billy Ashby (in brown), Steve Hessenauer (far rear), Chris Burgan

No ID

Steve Hessenauer, Tom Bispo (behind)

Cary Dunne and Jennifer Roger

Elizabeth Lowrie

Laurie Rogers, Keith Rogers, Larry Rogers, Yvonne Zolna

Scott Wall, Billy Coye, Tom Bispo, NPS Ranger, Tony Vranicar

Scott Wall, NPS Ranger, Billy Coye, Tom Bispo, Tony Vranicar

Billy Ashby (Member) and Elizabeth Lowrie

John Dangerfield and Elizabeth Lowrie

Elizabeth Lowrie

Jayeson Vance, Chuck Graff (Charter Member), Amy Brees

Jayeson Vance, Chuck Graff (Charter Member), Amy Brees, Tony Vranicar, Tom Bispo, Billy Coye, Jane Lehman

Chuck Graff (Charter Member) and Amy Brees

Jayeson Vance

Jayeson Vance

Unknown