Visit to Mission Dolores and the Presidio Museum

04/10/2016

On April 8th a busload of docents headed into San Francisco for a tour of Mission Dolores and then a visit to see the new museum exhibits in the Officer's Club at the Presidio. 

Andy Galvin, curator of the museum at Mission Dolores, spoke to us of the Mission and its role in San Francisco history, and told us stories about some of the colorful residents in its cemetery. We also learned about the diffident attitude in San Francisco about keeping a headstone at the same location as the coffin. He showed us a recent memorial erected in honor of his ancestors who are buried in the Mission cemetery and were among the early neophytes at the Mission. 

Then Vincent Medina, assistant curator of the museum, told us about his efforts to keep alive his Indian language and then took us into  the Mission chapel with its juxtaposition of ornate Spanish altar and Ohlone Indian ceiling design. 

We only had an hour at the Presidio, just enough for a brief tour of the exhibits. We did see a life-size model of a Mexican soldier wearing a uniform of our Barracks era for which many of the apparel items were provided by Martha McGettigan, and were duly credited. 

Thanks to Cathy Sandbach for organizing this event and handling the logistics. It was a mot informative and enjoyable day. 

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