Guest Lecture: Ready About! The Thrills and Frills of Fin-de-Siecle Boating from Argenteuil to San Francisco Bay, by John C. Muir, Curator of Small Craft

A sailing canoe enthusiast pushing the limits on the Oakland estuary, ca. 1885. Image courtesy of the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library

The exhibition Impressionists on the Water offers a rare and delightful window onto the boating culture of 19th-century France. San Francisco Bay was itself a nexus for much the same sporting spirit in this era, filled with sleek racing canoes, experimental yachts, and a lively waterborne social scene. John C. Muir will interpret the marvels of the current exhibition through a boatman’s eyes, and render the parallel period pleasures of our local scene through historic photographs from the archives of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

John C. Muir is the curator of small craft at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and Maritime Museum

Ticket Information

Lecture is free to the public. Museum admission is required.

Contact Information
Gregory Stock