Alfred Nobel’s Dynamite Factory Plaque Dedication April 21 Glen Canyon Park

Message from Evelyn Rose:
We are incredibly excited to announce the date of the dedication for California Historical Landmark No. 1002! The grand dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. We will convene in the Auditorium of the Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center.

In March 1868, the Giant Powder Company began operations in what today is the site of San Francisco’s Glen Canyon Park Recreation Area. The operation was the first dynamite factory in the United States and was personally licensed by inventor Alfred Nobel. It is our link to the most prestigious award in the world, the Nobel Prizes.

San Francisco historian and civic activist Ms. Jean Kortum led the effort to designate the site a state historic landmark in 1991. Yet, the site never had a plaque. The GPNHP has collaborated with the Native Sons of the Golden

West Historical Preservation Foundation and Twin Peaks Parlor No. 214 who generously donated the funds to purchase the plaque. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is graciously constructing the concrete pedestal to hold the plaque and is providing use of the Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center for the event. To those of you who made a donation towards the plaque, we are grateful for your support in helping us complete the work Ms. Kortum began 27 years ago!

After some opening remarks, we’ll move outside to the site of the plaque where the Native Sons of the Golden West will perform the same ceremony they have been using for over 120 years in over 1100 dedications, including many other state historic landmarks across California. The program will conclude with cake and refreshments. Be sure to download the announcementand mark it on your calendar!

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