Drakes Bay Historic & Archeological District National Historic Landmark Dedication Ceremony

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10/22/2016 11:00 AM
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View of Drakes Harbor and the mouth of Drakes Estero from abandoned Drakes Beach Trail. April 22, 2013.

Point Reyes National Seashore cordially invites you to attend the Drakes Bay Historic & Archeological District National Historic Landmark Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Dedication: 11 am at Limantour Beach (Directions from Bear Valley Visitor Center)
Reception: Following the Dedication Ceremony in the Red Barn Classroom at Bear Valley. (Directions)

The dedication program will feature speakers and an unveiling of the National Historic Landmark plaque. The site provides a spectacular view of the remarkably unchanged Drakes Bay landscape, designated as a Landmark in 2012 and protected in perpetuity within Point Reyes National Seashore.

Currently scheduled speakers include:
Cicely Muldoon, Superintendent, Point Reyes National Seashore
Greg Sarris, Tribal Chairman, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
Edward Von Der Porten, President, Drake Navigators Guild
Marco Meniketti, Professor of Anthropology and Historical Archeology, San Jose State University

In the last quarter of the 16th century, the Coast Miwok people of Point Reyes met the first Europeans to land on the shores of Drakes Bay. Englishman Francis Drake and his crew most likely camped on these shores for six weeks while repairing the Golden Hind in 1579. Sixteen years later, a storm grounded and sank the Manila Galleon, San Agustin in the bay, while her Spanish captain, Rodrigo Cermeno, and his men watched helplessly from the shore.

Join the National Park Service as we remember the significance of these encounters and what they mean to different cultural groups today in understanding our shared history.

Limantour Beach

11:00 AM

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1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


(415) 464-5100
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