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Alcatraz was dedicated as a National Park in 1972 because of its military history as a Civil War fort and later as a military prison.

The Friends of Civil War Alcatraz was founded in 2002 as a non-profit organization to support the National Park Service in interpreting the 70 year military history of Alcatraz.

To date we have: maintained the existing cannon and carriage; performed cannon drills for the public; provided volunteers to interpret the Civil War history of the island; organized Living History events on the island; raised funds to donate to the Park Service for uniforms and items for interpretation; given presentations to the island's interpretive staff about the island's military history.

Our volunteers meet people from all over the world who are interested in knowing the early and formative years of the Island's history.

 

Current Board of Directors

Co-Chairmen

Fred Bohmfalk and Brad Schall

Secretary

Constance Smith

Treasurer

Constance Smith

Historian

Bob Hubbs

Financial

Jim Lundsten

Membership

Chuck Gardali

Projects

Phil Blake

Counselor

John Fitzpatrick

Activities/Events Coordinator

John Nevins

Activities

Frank Avila

Newsletter

Steve Johnson

Interpreter Activities

John Gee

Historical Consultant

John Martini

Ranger Advisor

John Cantwell

Awards

Gary Hormel

Elected Officers

Fred Bohmfalk

Co-Chairman

Brad Schall

Co-Chairman

Constance Smith

Secretary

Greg Tracy

Treasurer

Past Board of Directors

Bob Quinn

Deceased

Susan Cohn

Retired

Jack Leathers

Deceased

Gary Yee

Retired

Donald VanAuker

Retired

Jayeson Vance

Retired

Alan Page

Retired

Chaplain

Steve Bogart

Committees

Activities Committee

Co-Chairmen Brad Schall and Steve Johnson

Facebook

Jeff Vaillant

Memorial Day

Steve Johnson

Newsletter

Steve Johnson

Living History

John Nevins

Website

Brad Schall

Steve Bogart, Jeff Vaillant, Steve Johnson, Constance Smith

Administrative Committee

Chairman Brad Schall

Constance Smith, Greg Tracy, Steve Johnson, Steve Bogart, Jeffrey Vaillant

Awards Committee

Chairman Gary Hormel

Fred Bohmfalk, Greg Tracy, Phil Blake, Constance Smith, Steve Johnson

By-laws Committee

Chairman Jeffrey Vaillant

John Fitzpatrick, Fred Bohmfalk

Financial Committee

Co-Chairmen Brad Schall and Greg Tracy

Audit Committee

Jim Lundsten, John Fitzpatrick, Owen Stiles and Don Wilt

Brad Schall or Greg Tracy can�t serve on the audit committee because they are officers

History Committee

Chairman Bob Hubbs

Interpreter Activities

Co-Chairmen Steve Johnson and Constance Smith

Gary Hormel, Walter Page, Steve Bogart, Brad Schall, Greg Tracy and Jim Lundsten

Living History Day Committee

Chairman John Nevins

Steve Johnson, Constance Smith, Frank Avila, Charles Kenyon, Brad Schall and Jeff Vaillant

Membership

Chairman Greg Tracy

Chuck Gardali

Speakers Bureau Committee

Chairman Steve Johnson

Brad Schall, Constance Smith

 


 FOCWA sponsors two Living History Days every year on Alcatraz Island

 

Patriotic Organizations

General Alfred Pleasonton SUVCW Camp #24

General George Wright SUVCW Camp #22

Company B, 8th California Voluntary Infantry, SVR

 

Round Tables

Peninsula Civil War Round Table

San Francisco Civil War Round Table

San Joaquin Civil War Round Table

 


Photo by Sharyle Kuhlemeier Leidy