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National Historic Preservation Month – Redwood City Activities

Good morning –

May is National Historic Preservation Month, and in Redwood City, you can join the fun and revisit our past, with Wyatt Earp, President Hoover, pioneers, the Civil War, the Wells Fargo Express, and more!

Discover America’s Hidden Gems” is the theme of this year’s month-long national celebration sponsored annually by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and locally by Redwood City’s Historic Resources Advisory Committee. This special event spotlights grassroots historic preservation efforts in America, celebrates the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states, and enables more Americans to become involved in the growing historic preservation movement.

You and your family are invited to join in this celebration of Redwood City’s history!

  • Downtown Historic Walking Tour, THIS SUNDAY, May 6th, 10:30 am: tour meets in front of Lathrop House at 627 Hamilton Street. The tour will last approximately one-and-a-half hours and will include most of Redwood City’s historic commercial buildings as well as some historic residential properties. Walking tour participants will see where Wyatt Earp occasionally came for a drink, where President Hoover once slept, where a Wells Fargo Express Office operated in 1875, Redwood City’s first new car showroom salon and auto repair garage, the finest theater on the peninsula in 1896, the former homes of prominent pioneer citizens and much more.
  • Union Cemetery Historic Site Tour, Saturday, May 12th, 10 am: tour meets at the 1859 cemetery, located on Woodside Road, near El Camino Real. The Union Cemetery serves as a permanent archive of San Mateo County’s history. Recorded on stone are the rich and colorful lives of many pioneer families – including more than 40 Civil War veterans who are buried in the old soldiers’ plot established by the Grand Army of the Republic.
  • Path of History: Redwood City’s Historic Informational Kiosk and Commemorative Sculpture/Plaque is located at the corner of Main Street and Broadway, near the site of the Wells Fargo express service, where visitors can pick up a brochure and take a self-guided tour of historic landmarks in Downtown Redwood City – the “Path of History.” Future phases will add plaques and more historic information throughout the Downtown area.

Hope you can join in the celebration of National Historic Preservation Month!

Thanks,

~malcolm

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