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R.J. Waters: Golden Gate Park
exhibition features historical photographs of Golden Gate Park from the
late-1800s by San Francisco photographer R.J. Waters.
SAN FRANCISCO - June
26, 2020 – This year marks the 150th anniversary of San Francisco’s
Golden Gate Park. In partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and
Parks Department, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, and the San
Francisco Public Library, San Francisco International Airport is proud
to present an exhibition of historical photographs by photographer R.J.
Waters (1856–1937) that date to the early days of Golden Gate Park.
documented daily life in Golden Gate Park between the years 1896 and
1902, producing a small portfolio of silver gelatin prints that is now
held in the collection of the San Francisco Public Library. These
photographs, many of which are now over 120 years old, feature early
scenes of many locations that remain recognizable to today’s visitors
to the park – Stow Lake, the Polo Fields, the Japanese Tea Garden, and
the Conservatory of Flowers, among others. Some of the images reveal
the changes to the landscape and its surroundings over the years, while
others attest to the timeless nature of the park’s winding paths and
exquisite landscaping. Reflected in all of R.J. Waters’ carefully
crafted photographs is an enduring sense of appreciation and gratitude
for Golden Gate Park that has been felt by visitors throughout the
exhibition is part of the citywide celebration of the 150th anniversary
of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. For more information about the
celebration and events occurring throughout this calendar year, please
Gate Park rose from the windswept dunes 150 years ago and its history
has been fascinating ever since. It served as a refuge after the 1906
earthquake and ground zero during the Summer of Love. Golden Gate Park
has never been as beautiful and beloved as it is today, and we are so
excited to share our celebration with travelers through these
—Phil Ginsburg, General Manager, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department
R.J. Waters: Golden Gate Park is
located near Gate F5 in Terminal 3, Boarding Area F from June 25, 2020
to November 19, 2020. The exhibition is located post-security and is
only accessible to passengers ticketed for travel through Terminal 3
and International Boarding Area G via a post-security connector. There
is no charge to view the exhibition.
Visit https://www.sfomuseum.org/exhibitions/rj-waters-golden-gate-park for more information.
About SFO Museum
in 1980 by the Airport Commission, SFO Museum’s mission is to delight,
engage, and inspire a global audience with programming on a broad range
of subjects; to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the history of
commercial aviation; and to enrich the public experience at San
Francisco International Airport. The Museum was granted initial
accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 1999,
reaccredited in 2005, and has the distinction of being the only
accredited museum in an airport. Today, SFO Museum features twenty-five
galleries throughout the Airport terminals displaying a rotating
schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as
the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A.
Turpen Aviation Museum, a permanent collection dedicated to the history
of commercial aviation. To browse current and past exhibitions,
research our collection, or for more information, please visit www.SFOMuseum.org.
About San Francisco International Airport
Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more
than 50 international cities on 42 international carriers. The Bay
Area's largest airport connects non-stop with 85 cities in the U.S.
on 12 domestic airlines. SFO is proud to offer upgraded free
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arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining,
cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit www.flysfo.com.
About the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department administers more than 220
parks, playgrounds, and open spaces, including two outside the city
limits—Camp Mather in Yosemite Valley and Sharp Park in Pacifica,
California. The park system includes 25 recreation centers, nine
swimming pools, five golf courses and numerous tennis courts, ball
diamonds, soccer fields and other sports venues. Included in the
department’s responsibilities are the Marina Yacht Harbor, the San
Francisco Zoo, and Lake Merced. In 2017, San Francisco became the first
U.S. city in which every resident lives within a 10-minute walk to a