National History Honors Society (NHHS) has been a club on SJM’s campus for over 10 years and is one of the biggest clubs at Memorial, with around 90 members. NHHS not only has prestige on campus but also nationally as well. Back in 2020, Memorial’s NHHS Chapter won History Club of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year. Despite the challenges that COVID has posed following winning such an award, Memorial’s NHHS Chapter has been stronger than ever. The induction of new members, monthly meetings and even field trips was made possible following the quarantine that was set in place in March of 2020 due to COVID.
But the start of the 2021-2022 school year has brought on a new sense of normality for NHHS following the abnormal year prior. Meetings in person have now become possible which has allowed movie nights to become a possibility once again. But the ability for in-person meetings has also made way for another event, in-person field trips. Field trips during the 2020-2021 school year were virtual and over Zoom, one of which was a virtual tour of Rome. Now that restrictions are being loosened, the ability to take a portion of NHHS’s members on a real field trip became possible and they did not hesitate to take the opportunity to do so.
For the first field trip of the year, NHHS took its members to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and Pier 39. NHHS members departed at 6:30 in the morning and arrived back at around 9:00 making this no small field trip, which is fitting since one has not been able to happen since 2019.
The de Young Museum, while having its normal exhibits, also had three special exhibits by three unique artists but my favorite was the exhibit done by Judy Chicago. Judy Chicago’s exhibit was a retrospective look at Chicago’s work spanning from her early work done in the 1960s to her current work. Chicago is known for being a pioneer in feminist art and this is evident throughout her exhibit with one of the central questions she posed being “What if women ruled the world?” Her exhibit also discussed topics such as women’s rights with her artwork reflecting the state of women’s rights over the decades. Not only was Chicago’s work thought-provoking and profound but she was not afraid to portray topics that were seen as taboo by others which is why I enjoyed her exhibit the most.
Following NHHS’s visit to the de Young Museum, NHHS members visited Pier 39. Pier 39, while housing San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay, also is home to a multitude of shops and eateries and is extremely close to the world-famous Ghirardelli Square. While I was not able to make my way to Ghirardelli Square, I was able to eat at Boudin Bakery Cafe which is famously known for its sourdough bread. Boudin also has some of the best clam chowder in San Francisco (in my humble opinion) although I am kind of sad I did not get the turtle-shaped bread bowl. With my stomach full and tired from the day's activities, I was happy to head home back to Fresno with the memories I had just created with my friends.