Alcatraz Weekly

January 2, 2014

Weekly Discussion Topics


John Cantwell will be acting again next week while I’m out in training.

Check out this short 4 minute video on Alcatraz. Nice work Benny: http://coxy.com.au/episode-34-america-part-1/

Scheduling Help. We are short staffed on a few days 1/5. Wendy will cover with OT.

Staff Survey: If you have not yet filled it out, please help us by doing so. Looking for input especially from experienced and long-time staff. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/G288ZXJ . Please do so by 10 Jan.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who have been helping especially through the busy holiday season. We could never do it without all of your generous and overwhelming help.







Training Opportunity

Bay Area Storytelling Workshop: The annual Bay Area Storytelling Workshop will be May 17-18, 2014 at the Craneway Pavillion, in Richmond, CA. The link for the festival is:

http://www.bayareastorytelling.org/. Who is interested in going? Lori, Wendy, Carla, Benny. Any of the volunteers?


Special Kudos



Kudos to Ranger Laura. She came on board this summer to backfill for Craig and has done an outstanding job with new programs, always stepping in when needed, and bringing great energy to the island. Her last for the season is next week. Please give her a pat on the back.


Also Kudos to Greg Hood and DeMarco Padilla. I received a very nice letter about the extraordinary measures they took recently to help out an individual with disabilities on the island. I attached the letter below. What you should also know is that the story did not end there. DeMarco and Greg contacted the facility that arranged for Paul’s trip to Alcatraz and to ensure that he was picked up. Greg then escorted the young man back to Pier 33 and waited for his ride to show up. Both Greg and DeMarco went Above and Beyond to make sure that this young man was taken care of.






Visitor Comments



12/19 “The volunteer David, who met our boat load and greeted us with information, was outstanding! His demo of opening and closing the cell doors was very interesting, and well done!!”

12/21 “The staff were very knowledgable and helpful. The volunteers, Douglas and Christopher made our day! They were great. We enjoyed the information and tours.”

12/21 “The guy that did the door closing demonstration at night was a grumpy man. My little bro wanted to tell him about something he saw and heard (paranormal), and the guy shot it down. He wasn't even nice about it. At least he could have entertained him with the possibility of what he saw/heard. He even had a picture. But a great overall experience!”

12/23 “Loved the Audio tour at the prison. Art was our tour guide in the way up and we found him personable and enjoyable to listen to. Found all staff to be very friendly.”

12/23 “Paul Vivian is awesome! He took us through so many cool places and showed us around for about 2 hours. He's so knowledgable about everything there and just wants to make sure everyone gets the most out of their time on the island. We really appreciate the awesome tour he gave us!”

12/24 “The overall experience was excellent but we would have liked to see more Park Rangers stationed along the tour to answer questions as they came up as we went through the audio tour. Again though the audio tour was great and the greeting upon arrival from Ranger John was great!”

12/27 “Not sure of his name but the gentlemen who ran the Alcatraz/Hollywood program was fantastic and enthusiastic!”

12/28 “Ranger Benny did a great job sharing the history of the island. ”



Health and Safety

Visitor confrontations: Occasionally we are in a position trying to enforce park rules to visitors. There have been instances where we get push back or even face belligerent visitors. While we may all wish at times that we could enforce rules and regulations, our job as interpreters is more about reminding visitors about rules and regulations. To avoid issues, keep it light and non-confrontational. De escalate any situation immediately and call LE ASAP if you get push back. Personal safety and that of other visitors comes first.


Upcoming Leave (Annual, Sick, Off-Site Training)



25 Dec – 3 Jan Nancy AL

5-10 Jan Marcus Training Travel (Philadelphia)

16 Feb – 1 March Furlough Nancy

2-7 March Marcus Training (San Francisco)

11-17 May Marcus Training Travel (Wash. DC)




Calendar of Events


1/11/14 50 Stanford students who are doing a community project focusing on activism. This is at 13:35? Lead tzin@stanford.edu or 626-363-9782. Ranger Laura.

1/12/14 Civil War Room Meeting (Ranger John)

1/14/-18. Interpretive Training: Terry Kreidler.

1/18/14 Academic Internship Orientation

2/15/14 Chinese NY Parade.

2/2014 Health and Safety Week.

2/28/14 Steve Johnson’s Civil War Group: 10-2pm. Group 1
50 students & chaperones on 10 am ferry to Alcatraz
Met by volunteers Steve J. and Paul for orientation and introduction Group split in half: one group does architecture and cannon drill (45 min), the other group does soldier uniform and duties, weapons (musket and bayonet), walk through the Civil War tunnel (45 min). Then the groups switch. 90 minutes total
Group boards 11:30 boat back to Pier 33.

2/29/14 Steve Johnson’s Civil War Group: 10-2pm. Group2
50 students & chaperones on 12 pm ferry to Alcatraz
Met by volunteers Steve J. and Paul for orientation and introduction
Group split in half: one group does architecture and cannon drill (45 min), the other group does soldier uniform and duties, weapons (musket and bayonet), walk through the Civil War tunnel (45 min). Then the groups switch. 90 minutes total
Group returns to dock for Q & A, and to fill out survey questions
Group boards 2:00 boat back to Pier 33.

3/1 and 3/2/14: Junior Ranger Days (Ranger Kelly)

3/22/14 Living History Day

3/28-29/14 Bio-Blitz. All hands on deck to help out throughout the park.

4/8-10 Meeting: A Visitor Use Management and Monitoring program for MUWO and Alcatraz. Marcus

5/17-18/14 Storytelling workshop: http://www.bayareastorytelling.org/

9/27/14 Living History Day

11/8 and 9 Junior Ranger Day



Exhibit Calendar

Band Room:


8/28/13 - 2/28/13 Flower Painting Display

2/14 – 8/14/13: San Quentin Prison Arts Project

10/14 – 4/15 Proposed Ai Wei Wei Exhibit. Various locations around the island.

5/15 – 9/15 Tentative: Community Works West

10/15 – 5/16 Art Explorers, Inc. Alcatraz Inmates paintings by Charles Unser.

New Industries:


3/21 - 3/20/14 Anniversary of Prison Closing Exhibit


7/15 – 12/15 Prisoners of Age* by Ron Levine

Bldg 64 Casemates:

4/28 - ? Native Nationalism and Red Power: Historicizing the 1969 Alcatraz Occupation venue: Building 64/Theater/China Alley AZ lead: Teresa

Other Proposed Exhibits

10/14 – 4/15 Proposed Ai Wei Wei Exhibit. Various locations around the island including Industries, Model Industries, Band Room, Hospital, A-Block.

Fall 2015 Proposed: We Players "Hamlet".

Closures

Closures (Updated 8/28/13): Off limits areas include: Cell House Roof, Citadel, QM Lower Level, Bldg 64. Upper floors, area past cable by power house.


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