Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and Angel Island State Park will be celebrating the dedication of the Immigrant Heritage Wall, Phase II, on September 8, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
PROGRAM AND SEATING
There will be a special free open house of the Immigration Barracks and a program featuring families sharing their immigrant heritage stories and celebrating their ancestors’ lives at the Immigrant Heritage Wall itself. This wall includes hundreds of names of immigrants, many of whom passed through Angel Island, and their stories. The open house will be available both before and after the dedication program, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Please prepare for festival style seating, you are welcome to bring low profile folding chairs or blankets.
The program will kick off with spirited drumming from the EGO Korean drummers from UC Berkeley, followed by opening remarks from AIISF interim executive director Kathy Owyang Turner and board president Buck Gee, both descendants of former Angel Island detainees, and California State Parks Marin District Superintendent Danita Rodriguez. Three special guests will follow: Cheryl Ann Park of Anaheim, granddaughter of So See “Anna” Im, Angel Island immigrant in 1914, and Kyung Soo Park, US immigrant in 1904. Cheryl Ann’s family discovered So See Im’s photographs on a recent visit to the Immigration Station and family members have documented their story; Ruthie Holland from Chico, grand-niece of Katharine Maurer, the “Angel of Angel Island.” Ms. Holland has extensive knowledge about the life of Ms. Maurer, a Methodist deaconess who helped thousands of Angel Island immigrants from 1912 until it closed in 1940; and Betty Diamond Jue Dickard, from Collierville, TN, daughter of Henry and Edith Jew, Angel Island immigrants in 1921 and 1938. The Jew family settled in Clarskdale, Mississippi, where they became community leaders and businesspeople. We will also be getting a special surprise from Clarksdale! AIISF board member Henry Der of the Four Freedoms Fund, also an Angel Island descendant, will present closing remarks before EGO completes the program.
FROM SAN FRANCISCO
Ferries to the Island
From San Francisco, the Blue and Gold Ferry located at pier 41:
9:45 AM departure from Pier 41 in San Francisco, normal rate of $17 round trip.
10:15 AM departure from Pier 41, special discounted rate of $10 round trip.
11:45 AM departure from Pier 41, normal rate of $17 round trip.
3:20 PM departs Angel Island for San Francisco
4:00 PM departs Angel Island for San Francisco
4:30 PM departs Angel Island for San Francisco
There are various parking garages in and around Fisherman's Wharf ranging from $10 to $35. Please plan your arrival accordingly. You can also take the "F" MUNI historic streetcars or the 8X MUNI bus, which stop only a couple of blocks away.
Ferries to the Island
From Marin County, you can take the Angel Island Ferry from 21 Main Street in Tiburon. Ferries to the island are available every hour on the hour from 10 AM to 5 PM, with returns from Angel Island every hour at 20 minutes after the hour from 10:20 AM to 5:20 PM.
Fares are $13.50 for adults, $11.50 for ages 6-12, and $3.50 for ages 3-5, with toddlers 2 and under free. Tickets are not available online – bring cash or a check to pay at the dock. For more information about Angel Island Tiburon Ferry, click here.
We recommend parking in the lot behind the Bank of America on Tiburon Blvd. Bring exact change of $5 in case you have to use the machine. The lot is about 3 blocks from the ferry dock.
ON ISLAND TRANSPORTATION/HIKING/LUNCH OPTION
Trams will be available for $5 round trip from Ayala Cove for the one mile journey to the Immigration Station. To reduce crowding and waits for our seniors and disabled guests, trams at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM will be only for those with limited mobility. As trams are limited, we encourage all able guests to take the 30 min easy hike to the Immigration Station. Trams after 12:00 PM will be open to all other guests.
To purchase tram tickets and box lunches for the day, please visit the Angel Island Company website and scroll down to “Immigrant Heritage Wall Dedication Ceremony”.
After the end of our program, there will be continuous trams running at 2:30 PM which will return visitors to Ayala Cove in time for the return ferries. All tram riders must have proof of purchase to ride returning trams.
For those who wish to hike to and from the Immigration Station, please plan for a 30 min short hike. It is a pleasant walk with scenic views of northern San Francisco Bay, with an initial 140 steps to the perimeter road followed by an enjoyable walk up and down rolling hills.