Individual stories about their experiences with the notorious prison.
Where: Parc 55 Hotel, 55 Cyril Magnin, San Francisco
(next to the Powell Street MUNI/BART stations)
In the hotel’s Cable 55 restaurant & bar
When/Who: Each of the speaker encounters will take place from 5:30-6:30pm
April 26 – historian John Martini – Alcatraz Island: 200 Years on the Rock
John A. Martini is a native San Franciscan and a life-long researcher into the history of California and the American West. He worked as a National Park Ranger for more than twenty-five years at parks around the country including Golden Gate National Recreation Area, USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl harbor and Teddy Roosevelt’s country estate at Sagamore Hill in New York. His published works include Fort Point National Historic Site; Fortress Alcatraz: Guardian at the Golden Gate; The Last Missile Site; Fort Baker Through the Years; and Sutro’s Glass Palace: The Story of Sutro Baths. After more than 25 years as a ranger, Martini retired to pursue a career as a writer, historian, researcher and lecturer. He appears regularly on The History Channel, A&E Network, The Discovery Channel and PBS history specials. He continues to volunteer for the National Park Service, notably on Alcatraz Island, at Lands End in San Francisco and at Fort Cronkhite in Marin.