Online publications and services

Available now: Directory / Organizations at the Presidio of San Francisco and the Golden Gate National Parks (Winter 2002–03 edition, 36 pp., 2.4 Mb, PDF, updated March 18, 2003).

Available June 1, 2003: Directory / The Golden Gate National Parks / Including the Presidio of San Francisco, Fort Mason, … and Tomales Bay (Summer 2003 edition).


The online Presidio InfoMap was originally developed in 1997 from maps and data provided by the US Army and the National Park Service. The InfoMap shows the entire Presidio in detail, with all building numbers, and provides information about selected buildings (see the Directory, p. 5).

The National Park Service publishes maps of the Presidio and other park sites within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area at and

Two maps of the Presidio, in color and b&w, produced in 1999 from maps by the Presidio Trust and the National Park Service, adapted by the Presidio Alliance MapLab Project to include building and street indexes and other information, in the lower part of the front side of each map. 2 pages, PDF, 1.9 Mb.

A 1995 U. S. Army map of the Presidio is available in low (128 Kb) and medium (5.5 Mb) resolution EPS images. For a high-resolution (127-Mb) image suitable for a 35 x 30-inch poster print, contact [email protected]

For other maps see the PDF edition of the Directory.

Public programs and information services

ParkNews, a quarterly newspaper published by the Golden Gate National Parks Association in cooperation with the National Park Service, provides a calendar of public events in the Golden Gate National Parks, including the Presidio. ParkNews is available in print at park Visitor Centers and online at*

Public programs at the Presidio are listed at the Presidio Trust web site at, and in print in the monthly newspaper Presidio Post, available by subscription and from the Presidio Trust, 34 Graham Street, The Presidio, or P. O. Box 29052, San Francisco, CA 94129-0052. Current issues have not been available online since July 2002. See*

The Thoreau Center for Sustainability’s eNewsletter lists public programs and provides other information of particular interest to tenants of the Thoreau Center at the Presidio. It is available by subscription. Contact [email protected]

The Presidian Dispatch, formerly the Community Dispatch, is a monthly newsletter by and for residents of the Presidio. For information contact [email protected] or see the Directory listing for the Presidio Residential Mayors Council.

Women of the World / A Global Collection of Art is a major exhibition presented by the International Museum of Women, March 8 to April 13, 2003 at the historic Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Street at Presidio Boulevard at the Presidio. For a 4-page description of the exhibition, the opening reception, and the Wednesday lecture series, in PDF format, click here.* See also or

The Fort Mason Center produces a monthly newspaper, available at newsstands at Fort Mason and by subscription. An online calendar of public events and a directory of about forty Fort Mason tenant organizations is available at

History of the Golden Gate National Parks
and the Presidio

National Park Service publications

Defender of the Gate: The Presidio of San Francisco, A History from 1846 to 1995, by Erwin N. Thompson. A Historic Resource Study, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, National Park Service, Denver Service Center, July 1997. Complete text, without illustrations. 645 pp., 1.9 Mb PDF. A print version with illustrations was published in a limited edition by the National Park Service.*

El Presidio de San Francisco: A History under Spain and Mexico, 1776-1846, by John Philip Langelier and Daniel Bernard Rosen. A Historic Resource Study, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, National Park Service, Denver Service Center, August 1992. 137 pp., 0.6 Mb PDF.* Page numbers appear on Adobe Acrobat screen menu but not on printed copies. A print version with illustrations was published by Arthur H. Clark Company in 1996 (230 pp., $35).

Seacoast Fortifications Preservation Manual

Administrative History of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

From other publishers

The Presidio, from Army Post to National Park, by Lisa M. Benton. 1998. 277 pp. The story of the Presidio and its transformation from military post to national park when it joined the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 1994. Longitude Books.

* Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free program from, is required for reading publications in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. PDF files with many pages may be sent electronically to commercial copy services for printing double-sided, bound as saddle-stitched booklets (up to 60 pages) or side-stapled or perfect-bound (more than 60 pages).

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