National, state and local nonprofits are joining forces to save an artist’s historical legacy inside an underfunded California state park. The hidden gem holds a significant place in national art history, women’s history and Jewish history – themes under-explored in the park system today.
How I discovered this story and why it is important: http://wp.me/p4OLF-2K0
It seems to me an escape from Alcatraz Island would have been possible. Granted, the currents felt very strong right next to the island when “I escaped,” but thousands of swimmers escape every year for fun. The New York Times ran this story to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a famous escape:
Tale of 3 Inmates Who Vanished From Alcatraz Maintains Intrigue 50 Years Later
Many people do not realize that the storied Alcatraz Island is also part of the National Park system. A mile and one-half from the shores of San Francisco, the island features gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and 360 degree bay views.
Northern elephant seal on the beach in Año Nuevo State Park
King Protea blooming at the UC Botanical Garden. The King Protea is the National Flower of South Africa.