WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR
Preserving the story:- we have been archiving historical artifacts, photos, artwork, and recording people's oral histories.
Awareness building:- At least 4 front page articles plus news coverage in papers like SF Chronicle Marin I.J, the Marinscope and Channel 2 News.
Educating:- We have created a 45 minute documentary plus a historical slideshow An exhibit telling the 9 lives of the Charles Van Damme has been shown at Studio 333, Maritime Day, the Bay Model and The Marin County Fair.
Building community: The ferry inspired the creation of 2 Sausalito 4th July parade floats - both winning first place.
Joe Tate wrote a song about the ferry especially for this.
People made artwork especially for the exhibit.
We found the families of the ferry boat owners and Juanita joined in our events when she was alive.
Promoting the waterfront. Local boat builders and boat building schools will collaborate and contribute materials, labor and skills in the restoration of the artifacts.
Renewing pride in the Marin County Waterfront.
We have submitted proposals to the county for the preservation of the artifacts and gathered funds and many names of supporters for this cause with an ongoing petition.
We are in discussion to place a state recognized marker at Waldo Point harbor denoting the site of historical and cultural importance.
Let's celebrate the Ferry's 100th year by returning the restored artifacts back to the park!
1. SAVED: the 1916 artifacts from demolition.The SAVE phase of the Charles Van Damme Ferry Project has been completed.
We can now move ahead with the next 2 phases of the project.
RESTORE the saved artifacts and EXHIBIT in the proposed State mandated park at Waldo Point.
We are currently seeking donations to be able to complete these phases.
With the donation of your time, money, expertise and support we will succeed in saving, restoring and displaying a rare and important local maritime and cultural icon to inspire both present and future generations to come.