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Presidio's Greatest Lists: Five Affordable Exhibitions in the Presidio

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Category Entertainment and Culture; History

Life in the city isn’t cheap, but that shouldn’t slow you down this summer. The Presidio is a great place to enjoy history and culture, and to learn a little something new. Read on to learn all about five affordable exhibitions in the park this summer!

1. EXCLUSION: The Presidio's Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration

Exclusion at Presidio Officers' Club

Experienced by more than 100,000 visitors to date, EXCLUSION: The Presidio’s Role in Japanese American Incarceration during World War II, invites us to investigate the choices – both personal and political – that led to the unjust incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans, and to reflect on what we have learned that helps us address present-day issues of mass incarceration, immigration reform, and racial profiling.

Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm through June 2020
Presidio Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Avenue

Learn more about the EXCLUSION exhibition >>

2. Then They Came for Me

Then They Came for Me Exhibit at Futures Without Violence

If EXCLUSION sparked your curiousity about this period in history, head over to Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and the Demise of Civil Liberties. The multimedia exhibition at Futures Without Violence features imagery by noted American photographers Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, alongside works by incarcerated Japanese American artists Toyo Miyatake and Miné Okubo.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, and Memorial Day, 10 am to 6 pm, through September 1, 2019
Futures without Violence, 100 Montgomery Street, in the Presidio

Learn more about the Then They Came for Me >>

3. Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World

Mickey Mouse and the Walt Disney Family Museum

Opening on Thursday, May 16, The Walt Disney Family Museum presents Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World, a celebration of animation’s most beloved and recognizable character. This special exhibition chronicles Mickey’s influence on art and entertainment and tells the story of his origin, rise to fame, and enduring world-wide appeal.

Open daily (except Tuesday), 10 am to 6 pm (with last entry at 4:45 pm)
Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery Street, Main Post

Learn more about Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World >>

4. Immigrant Yarn Project

Immigrant Yarn Project at Fort Point

The Immigrant Yarn Project exhibition at Fort Point National Historic Site is all about understanding our interconnectedness. The show features knitted and crocheted yarn pieces made by 600 contributors representing immigrants from every corner of the world – and includes contributions from homeless communities, seniors, students, LGBTQ, Native Americans, and even a Former Secretary of State. It closes on May 19, so be sure to check it out before it’s gone!

Open 10 am to 5 pm, Fridays through Sundays, through May 19
Fort Point National Historic Site

Learn more about the Immigrant Yarn Project >>

5. Her Side of the Story

Her Side of the Story exhibition

The Society of California Pioneers is home to an archive of first-person narratives by pioneer women. After uniting to ensure that future generations could recognize the role women played in the formation of the state, the Association of Pioneer Women of California collected the experiences of its members. These remarkable stories, bound in an unpublished, handwritten book, are the foundation of this exhibition and online resource for teachers.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Society of California Pioneers, 101 Montgomery Street, Main Post

Learn more about Her Side of the Story >>

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