Church heritage

Service project launches celebration of Church's history in California


Three streets in San Francisco were spruced up by members of the Church on Saturday, July 19th, kicking off three weeks of summer activities celebrating Church members' contributions to the early history of the city and area.

"We are thrilled to be part of the history of the great city of San Francisco," said San Francisco California Stake President Roger Carter as the celebration began. "We are proud to live and share in the city and the extended Bay Area. From the original congregation of the Church in 1846 and the establishment of the first stake in 1927, at present there are over 170 (units) and in excess of 72,000 members of the Church in the surrounding Bay Area."

Trash and weeds were removed from San Francisco's Brooklyn Place, Joice Street and Pratt Place — all named after Latter-day Saints or the ship that brought them here in 1846. A few descendants of Elder Parley P. Pratt were on hand to help with the clean-up effort.

Many residents of the area expressed their appreciation to the volunteers for their efforts. "I have lived here for 40 years" said one exuberant man, "and never knew there was concrete here on this street. I always thought it was just dirt." He was happy to see all of the weeds and trash removed.

A gentleman who owns a building on Pratt Place was thrilled with the results. He told volunteers that he had worried for some time about how to clean up the street and, therefore, was pleasantly surprised to walk out and see a large group doing the job for him.

Other events that will be part of the celebrations include addresses by historians Richard and Claudia Bushman on Thursday, July 31, and tours through China Town on Saturday, Aug. 2, that will discuss early Latter-day Saint history in San Francisco.

Also, on that Saturday from 12-2 p.m. at Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the ship Brooklyn as they tour tall ships that are similar to the ship that brought Latter-day Saints to San Francisco, sailing from New York around South America's Cape Horn and landing at Yerba Buena on July 31, 1846.

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