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Presidio's Greatest Lists: Five Ways to Celebrate Women in the Presidio

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2016 Category History; Food and Drink; Art; Entertainment and Culture

March 2016: In honor of International Women’s History Month, here are five great ways to celebrate women in the Presidio.​


VISIT "WOMEN: NEW PORTRAITS," A FREE SPECIAL EXHIBITION BY ANNIE LIEBOVITZ

annie-leibovitz.jpgCelebrated photographer Annie Liebovitz has been a force in American culture for decades. This month she brings her creative genius to the Presidio. The park is proud to host the only west coast appearance of WOMEN: New Portraits from March 25 to April 1​7, 2016 at Crissy Field. The exhibit continues a project that began more than 15 years ago. Her new works reflect the changing roles of women today. Visit www.ubs.com/annieleibovitz for info on how to visit the free exhibit, including weekend family workshops and field trips for students.

VISIT CRISSY FIELD TO CELEBRATE KATHERINE STINSON​

Katherine Stinson - Aviation PioneerKatherine Stinson, a pioneering aviator, was the fourth woman in the United States to become a licensed pilot. In December 1917, she flew from San Diego to the Presidio – more than 450 miles in nine hours – setting a non-stop distance record. She landed in the Presidio at a site that would later become the Presidio's Crissy Field. Once one of the most active airfields in the country, after completion of the nearby Golden Gate Bridge in 1937 Crissy Field was deemed too hazardous for aircraft…but it's still considered one of the best and most scenic places in San Francisco to fly a kite.​

Image courtesy of Library of Congress

CATCH UP WITH CHEF TRACI DES JARDINS

traci-des-jardins.jpgA two-time James Beard Award winner, philanthropist, and long-time supporter of the farm to table movement, Chef Des Jardins runs three restaurants in the Presidio in partnership with the Presidio Trust – The Commissary, Arguello, and TRANSIT. Recognizing her influence not only in San Francisco but in the national food scene, Bravo's Top Chef recently dropped in to The Commissary to film a Quickfire Challenge judged by Chef Des Jardins. 

View a clip from the Top Chef episode >>

VISIT THOMPSON REACH TO LEARN ABOUT ONE OF THE FIRST WOMEN IN THE U.S ARMY

dora-e-thompson.jpgDora ​Thompson was one of the first women to serve in the U.S. Army, and she started her career right here in the Presidio. She joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1902 and played an important role in relief efforts after the 1906 earthquake. In 1914, the Army surgeon general appointed her superintendent of the Army Nurse Corp, and she was later named Chief Nurse at Letterman General Hospital. Nurse Thompson is the namesake for ​​Thompson Reach, part of the larger restoration project around Tennessee Hollow Watershed and a key spot for butterfly viewing in the Presidio.

Image courtesy of U.S. National Library of Medicine

LEARN ABOUT BAY AREA SUFFRAGETTES AT A "PRESIDIO DIALOGUES" TALK

suffragettes.jpgOn Thursday, March 17 at the Presidio Officers' Club, local historian Ross Eric Gibson and film archivist James Mockoski discuss their journey to restore a landmark Bay Area women's suffrage film made in 1917, Mothers of Men. 

Learn more about Mothers of Men and register for the free Presidio Dialogues talk >>​​