COVID-19 UPDATE: Face masks are currently recommended indoors at the Center (not required) for IDESST-hosted events. Language classes are currently held online via ZOOM.
Photos | © Diane Dias, Mike Moyle, Bobby Meneses
Welcome to the Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center
The IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center (formerly IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Hall) was established in Sausalito, California in 1888 as a focal point for Portuguese culture and traditions in Marin County. First and foremost is the Azorean tradition of the "Festa do Espírito Santo" (Festival of the Holy Ghost), which was brought to California by early immigrants from the Azores.
Marin County has a long history of Portuguese immigration, and the Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center remains a gathering place for descendants of those immigrants seeking to explore and re-connect with their rich Portuguese history, culture and roots. The Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center continues to serve its members, their families and future generations by preserving and promoting that Portuguese heritage into the 21st century.
We were founded in 1888 by those who toiled the land in Marin County and surrounding areas used their hands, minds and souls to make their imagination a reality. We, too, must continue their quest by relying on our Catholic faith and perseverance to exit this horrendous health delay stronger, safer, ambitious, and fearless. Join us as we enter a new year, 2021, with a new found hope and strength.
I was raised by a grandfather who embodied the true Azorean culture and traditions of Faith, Family, Friends, and Fun. He was the founding member of the Santo Cristo Hall in South San Francisco in 1929 — a year that many could have given up due to the tides of what was happening in society. They did not give up, they became stronger and persevered creating a living legacy in the South San Francisco area.
I am so humbled and honored to be in a leadership role in this organization and see a glorious future in store for all of us. Our faithful directors will do their part to fill our future with many celebrations. My sincere appreciation goes to all members near and far who tirelessly and enthusiastically attend and participate in the hall's endeavors.
It is YOU, the membership, that makes our historic organization and we need your ideas, opinions, and work ethic to bring to life what our ancestors began in 1888. So, I ask that you join us as we enter 2021. Attend our Zoom meetings, participate in our celebrations when we open again, lead a committee, or just be a member. All aspects are important and are the true pieces of this Portuguese puzzle of IDESST Sausalito.
I thank you, and as my grandfather always said to me, "Always go forward" "Sempre vá em frente." We must go forward with the fire that our ancestors set. See you soon!
— JOHN C. VINCENT III, IDESST PRESIDENT