Welcome to the Alcatraz Alumni Association
The Alcatraz Alumni Association, Inc. was started by a group of young adults who lived on Alcatraz as children. Approximately three years after Alcatraz closed as a Federal Prison, the summer of 1966, several Children of Alcatraz gathered with small travel trailers and new babies for an annual picnic, bringing guitars, playing cards, plenty of stories and beer.. This summer gathering continued for several years.. One year we decided to invite our parents, former Correctional Officers and their wives, and younger children to include all former employees and families of Alcatraz. This new group became the Alcatraz Alumni Association.
In 2007, we incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit corporation in order to work with Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) to raise funds to heal the wounds of Alcatraz.. Our first project is the Officers Club which burned down in 1970 during the American Indian occupation. On May 19, 2008, GGNRA authorized us to stabilize the burned out “shell” of the Officers Club, with steel bracing and repaired concrete to keep it from collapsing. Once stabilized, we hope to rebuild the Officers Club for our own Alcatraz Alumni Museum to house and display our collections of historic Alcatraz photos, artifacts and documents.. This collection includes photos of family life on Alcatraz dating from the Civil War, through the military days and from 1934 until 1963 when Alcatraz served as America’s most notorious and secure Federal Prison.Since 1972, when GGNRA took over management of Alcatraz as the second most attended tourist attraction in California, members of the Alcatraz Alumni Association have returned one weekend each August to give tours and talks to the nearly 5000 visitors to Alcatraz. Former Alcatraz inmates, Correctional Officers and family members share their stories of life on “the Rock”.