OAH Announces Launch of Golden Gate National Recreation Area Project with NPS & Presidio Trust

July 12, 2023

The OAH is excited to announce the launch of our newest collaborative public history project, with the National Park Service and The Presidio Trust.

On behalf of the OAH, a group of ten historians will each be writing a topical chapter of a Historic Resource Study (HRS) for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). The HRS, following the NPS Cultural Resource Management Guidelines, aims to provide a comprehensive historical overview of the park and place its cultural resources within their historical contexts. By expanding on previous studies and incorporating current scholarship, this project will inform decisions regarding the preservation, management, and interpretation of the park’s historic and cultural resources.

The new study will examine the park’s resources through the lens of contemporary scholarship, considering previously overlooked perspectives. It will also provide historical contexts to support the updating of National Register documentation and will produce prioritized recommendations for future cultural resource research and planning. While providing a broader historical context, the emphasis will be on discussing the places within the GGNRA itself. 

By undertaking this HRS with our partners, we aim to enhance our understanding of the park’s history and cultural resources, supporting informed decision-making, and ensuring the preservation and appreciation of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s rich heritage. 

The expected date for publication of the HRS is mid-2026.

Image courtesy of the National Park Service: “View of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge from the Presidio of San Francisco. 30 March 1951.”