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They were never found, and they are still sought by the U.S. Marshalls. In this illustrated program, historian and retired National Park Service Ranger, John Martini will tell the details of the escape, which has been immortalized in Hollywood movies and innumerable documentaries. The program will also cover the early histories of Alcatraz when it served as a U.S. Army fort, a lighthouse station, and military prison, and after the penitentiary closed, the landmark political action when “Indians of All Tribes” seized the island for eighteen months.
Presenter: John A. Martini is a native San Franciscan and a life-long researcher into the history of California and the American West. He worked as a National Park Ranger for more than twenty-five years at parks around the country including Fort Point National Historic Site, Alcatraz Island, the National Maritime Museum, the USS Arizona Memorial, the Presidio of San Francisco, and Teddy Roosevelt's estate at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. For many years John was stationed at the Marin Headlands District of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area as a Supervisory Park Ranger for Interpretation and Education. He completed his long career with the National Park Service at the Presidio of San Francisco where he served as Curator of Military History. He now works as an independent historian / consultant specializing in historical research, interpretation and preserving of cultural resources.
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