Not only did the San Francisco Bay Area make a huge contribution to the war effort, it may well have the nation’s finest surviving collection of historic sites, ships and landscapes from the World War II era for us to visit today.  Come to Dublin Library’s Program Room this Saturday, May 19th, at 1:00 p.m., and join National Park historian Stephen Haller for a discussion of the Bay area during War II.  He will present a virtual tour of great places to visit that will bring you back in time and evoke the history and feeling of the period.

Stephen A. Haller is the Park Historian and Branch Chief for Cultural Resources at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Formerly the Curator of Historic Documents for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, he has also been an interpreter at a number of historic San Francisco Bay Area sites, including Alcatraz, Fort Point, and the Maritime Museum. Haller’s academic background is in 19th century American history; he specializes in the study of shipwrecks, military history, and historic landscapes in the Bay Area.

Haller is the author of Post and Park: A Brief Illustrated History of the Presidio of San Francisco and The Last Word in Airfields: San Francisco’s Crissy Field; coauthor of Shipwrecks at the Golden Gate; and former editor of the Sea Letter, the journal of the National Maritime Museum Association. He served as principal investigator for World War II oral history projects at the U.S.S. Arizona National Memorial and the War in the Pacific National Historical Park on Guam. Haller coauthored the Seacoast Fortification Preservation Manual for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which received the California Preservation Foundation’s 2000 Design Award.

There is a limit of 46 participants for this program due to Fire Department restrictions. This limit will be strictly enforced. Free tickets will be handed out 10 minutes prior to the start of the program.  This program begins at 1:00 p.m., and will last approximately 90 minutes.