EDWARD GALLAND ZELINSKY Edward Galland Zelinsky is a fifth-generation San Franciscan, son of Frederick Gilbert Zelinsky and Juanita (Galland) Zelinsky.

Educated in San Francisco and the University of Oregon, Zelinsky served four-and-one-half years in the Army Transport Service in the South Pacific as a third officer during World War II.

Present Affiliations and Activities
  • Owner/Manager of Main Street Properties in Tiburon, California (named Business of the Year in 1990).
  • Owner of Musée Mécanique in San Francisco, one of the world's largest private collections of coin-operated mechanical art.
  • Co-Chairman of the Pacific Steam Schooner Foundation, whose mission is to save the S. S. Wapama, the last of 215 wooden steam schooners in the United States (built in 1915).
  • Currently producing a documentary film about San Francisco from 1864 to the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937.
  • Writing a book entitled History of Early California, 1825 to 1875.
  • Active in real estate ownership and property management in San Francisco, Tiburon and other Northern California communities.
  • Co-Founder (with Ray Taliaferro) of the City and County Fair of San Francisco.
  • Co-Founder together with his wife, Laleh, of the Tiburon Children's Film Festival, which annually benefits the Pediatric Unit of Marin General Hospital.
  • Recipient of the American Ship Trust award for distinguished service (May 1995).

Board Affiliations
  • Board of Trustees, Mount Tamalpais School
  • Board of Trustees, Norfolk Wherry Trust, England
  • Board of Regents, Western Jewish History Association
  • Chairman, Bring the Vicar Home Committee (The Vicar, the only surviving "Gold Rush" ship to visit San Francisco in 1849, is now lying in the waters off the Falkland Islands.)
  • Founder and Chairman of the Board (San Francisco Film Festival)-Film Society, Museum of the City of San Francisco
  • Vice-Chairman, National Maritime Historical Society, New York
  • National Maritime Museum Association, San Francisco
  • Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
  • Vice President, World Ship Trust, England

Past Board Memberships
  • Apartment Owners Association, San Francisco
  • Bay View Hunters Point Foundation
  • Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco, Past President
  • California League for the Handicapped
  • California Historical Society
  • California State Board for Building Owners and Managers Association
  • D. Zelinsky & Sons, Inc. (established 1884), Past President
  • First American Title Insurance of San Francisco
  • Guardsmen, Past Vice President
  • Harkness Community Hospital
  • Junior Achievement
  • Lucinda Weeks School
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Pets Unlimited
  • Navy League
  • San Francisco Boys Club
  • San Francisco Jewish Community Center, Adult Committee
  • Scoutmaster of Troop 126 (Polio Scouts)
  • Troop Service Association (Scouting for Handicapped Boys)

Member Of
  • Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco
  • California Historical Society
  • California Maritime Academy Foundation
  • California Pioneer Society
  • Concordia Argonaut Club
  • Guardsmen
  • Islam Temple (Shrine)
  • Marine Square Club
  • Merchants Exchange Club
  • Past President of D. Zelinsky & Sons, Inc. (established 1884)
  • Saint Francis Yacht Club
  • Scottish Rite San Francisco
  • Starr King Lodge #344
  • Society of American Magicians (Life Member)
  • Tiburon Landmarks Society
  • Tiburon Peninsula Club

Past Affiliations
  • Advisory Board of Bay View Savings and Loan Association
  • Governor Pat Brown's Commission on Ship Construction and Repair
  • Grand Jury / City and County of San Francisco -1966
  • President of Eureka Marine Company (Ship Service and Repair)
  • San Francisco Fair and Exposition (created 1976)
  • Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers

Additional Notes
  • Author of Up River-When Red Bluff Was The Head of Navigation, published by the California Historical Society
  • Article in Sea Letter, "Life Aboard the Esther Johnson"
  • Article in Western States Jewish History, "My Grandfather"


Ed Zelinsky is available for interviews about Musée Mécanique and his other collections.
To arrange an interview, contact Terry Koenig, Koenig & Associates, (415) 883-5198
High resolution digital photographs are available upon request.

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