By DIANE SMITH
When Jaleh Etemad was appointed Tiburon artist laureate in September 2012, she decided to fill her four-year term with free community workshops. She envisioned they would not only teach a variety of art, but would also offer cross-cultural presentations on the traditions of other countries by those who moved here from their homelands.
"I want everyone to understand each other's cultural traditions and backgrounds," says Etemad, who invited artists from Mexico, China, Columbia, Peru, Indonesia and Bolivia, as well as from her native Iran. "After all, we all live in one community as neighbors."
Last year, however, Etemad began to realize there were many newcomers who didn't know Tiburon's own heritage, that it was once a bustling railroad town with the San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad's rail and ferry service arriving in 1884 and its later incarnation, the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, making its final run as recently as 1967.
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