Redmond Kernan (1932-2009) was a champion of Presidio history. He celebrated itsbuildings, landscapes, and especially its people and their stories. For ten years prior to establishing this award (2006-2016), the Redmond Kernan Presidio History lecture series was presented jointly by the Presidio Trust and the Presidio Historical Association. Like Kamiya, Kernan was not an academic historian. Throughout his professional life as a civic leader and later during his retirement, he spent much of his time supporting and devising ways to share his awe and enthusiasm for the Presidio’s past. This award, given in his honor by his wife, Board Member and Board Secretary, Sharon Gadberry, is meant to encourage others to carry on those efforts.
About the Honoree:Author Gary Kamiya mines the natural and human history of San Francisco, including the Presidio. His weekly San Francisco column, “Portals of the Past” dramatizes and entertains, while at the same time adhering to historical methods of research and original sources. The popularity of the seriesp roves that well-told stories from the past can and do excite the imaginations of today’s “media consumers.” Gary will share some of his favorite stories from “Portals”, and from his book, “San Francisco: Cool Gray City of Love.”