About the Foundation

The mission of the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation is to operate a museum to collect, preserve and interpret the history of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, and to present exhibits and programs that explore, educate and celebrate the diverse military and cultural aspects of the base.

Our Foundational Tenets

Upon its founding in 1854, Mare Island became an integral keystone in American history. Our Foundation, comprised of Mare Island and Navy veterans, history enthusiasts, local business owners, caretakers, and philanthropists, believe in the power of historical conservation and the impact it has on future generations.

Our Landmarks

The Foundation maintains and manages two national historical landmarks: St. Peter’s Chapel and the Admiral’s Mansion. In 2019, the Foundation oversaw the restoration and installation of the USS Vallejo Submarine Sail Memorial on Mare Island’s historic core. Ongoing, the Foundation supports numerous efforts to document and maintain the historical sites throughout the Island.

Our Collection

In addition to an extensive reference library including comprehensive records of the island and over 10,000 photos, the Foundation stewards the largest collection of Navy artifacts outside of Navy Hands. The Foundation operated a popular museum that was closed in 2020 due to accessibility and structural issues; the Foundation is currently in the process of a site search and designing an exciting reimagining of the museum.

The Experience

The Foundation provides tours of Mare Island and its landmarks for private groups, schools, bus tours, and the likes. We host events that explore the rich history of Mare Island. We are also actively working to bring our extensive collection online in a digital format for the public. Become a member to fully experience what the Foundation has to offer.

Board of Directors

The professionals and caretakers of the island’s history.

Kent Fortner
President

Founder: Mare Island Brewing Co and Road 31 Wine Co. Director: Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Vallejo Waterfront Weekend. Mare Island resident since 2006.

Dennis Kelly
Vice President

Principal Engineer: Environmental Remediation Resources, Inc. Former (22 year) Mare Island manager. Past president of Navy Yard Association. Trustee for ERISA employee benefit plan.

Bruce Christensen
Secretary and Acting Treasurer

Former (36 year) Mare Island nuclear engineer. Former President and former Chairman of Board of Trustees for Navy Yard Association (28 years).

Kenneth Wright

Retired Businessman

Jim Reikowsky

United States Navy veteran. Retired Visit Vallejo and Solano County Film Office. Former Director and President: Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum

Joyce Giles

Former (10 years) Mare Island worker in personnel department. MIHPF volunteer and manager since 1998.

William Dornik

US Navy submariner (USS Halibut, 4 years) at Mare Island, Retired from Mare Island Shipyard.

Lynn Anderson

Former Dir. of Education at UCLA Museum of Cultural History, Walters Art Museum (MD), and Norton Art Museum (GA). Retired Marketing/Communciations Dir. for start-up technology companies. Mare Island Resident since 2012.

Dennis Deisinger

Former Dir. Business Development, Mare Island Dry Dock LLC.  Board Member: California Maritime Alumni Association.

Douglas Davis

Retired (30 year) US Navy. Vice President of the Santa Clara Valley Council of the Navy League. Former Chair of Membership, Moffett Field Museum.

Rev. Wallace Whatley
Director Emeritus

Retired (20 years) Commander, Navy Chaplain Corps. Mare Island Chaplain 1973-1977. Credited with saving St. Peter’s Chapel from demolition.

A Special Thank You to these Major Benefactors.

Contact Us

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1100 Railroad Ave, Vallejo, CA 94592
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