Past Special Exhibitions

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Presidio Nature Lab

April 21, 2016 to March 12, 2017

How does our exploration of the natural world help us understand our place in it? Share your thoughts and experiences in this family-friendly exhibition focused on the Presidio's ever-changing landscape. Delight your senses, engage your imagination, and spark your curiosity as you test new tools designed to deepen your exploration of the park's natural heritage!​

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Operation Babylift: Perspectives and Legacies Exhibition Photo

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April 16, 2015 to April 3, 2016​​

Explore the diverse experiences and lasting impacts of a dramatic airlift that removed more than 2,000 Vietnamese children from their war-torn country to be adopted by American families as Saigon fell in 1975. The extraordinary story continued at the Presidio, where more than 1,500 of these children were transferred before being placed with adoptive families. As more than 5,400 volunteers in the San Francisco Bay Area cared for the children, Operation Babylift itself was being debated across the country.

This exhibition and program series is co-curated by the Presidio Trust and the Adoption Museum Project, and was shaped by input from community contributors. It marks the 40th anniversary of Operation Babylift and the end of the Vietnam War.​

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My Ten Years with a Kodak: The Photography of C. Tucket Beckett Exhibit Photo

My Ten Years with a Kodak: The Photography of C. Tucket Beckett

September 2014 to March 2015

“I…traveled far and wide, the whole of the United States, Canada, Mexico, crossed and recrossed the seas and dwelt among mountains and deserts.” – C. Tucker Beckett, ca.1922

The biography of a single individual, positioned at the right place and time, can illustrate larger trends and events in history. Clarence Tucker Beckett, born in Mississippi in 1878, was a man of many interests. When he was 20 years old, he fought in the Spanish–American War. After his return home, he became a lawyer, but reenlisted in the Army in 1907.

His years of military service took him to the Philippines, Alaska, Mexico, and California. He was stationed twice at the Presidio between 1912 and 1914. Throughout his travels, he took thousands of photographs, recording soldiers at work and leisure. His images are a stunning record of the modernizing Army.

This exhibition showcases Beckett’s photos taken at the Presidio of San Francisco and in northern Mexico. His images capture the jovial community of soldiers living at the Presidio in the early 20th century, and stand as testament to their service while deployed abroad.

The exhibition also displays a small selection of his original prints, albums, writings, and other materials. Beckett was fascinated with the photographic process, from developing film in harsh conditions to keeping detailed records of his negatives. Visitors are invited to share their own photographs and memories of the Presidio. Their stories will become part of the archive used to conduct research and develop future exhibitions.​

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