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The SFO Museum is the first museum in an airport to receive accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Dennis Sharp, Curator of Aviation, will share the history of both SFOs — the airport and the museum — on June 19 at 6:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library

The SFO Museum’s permanent collection of over 120,000 objects focuses on commercial aviation, and it produces over 40 exhibitions annually on a diverse range of topics, from pop culture to anthropology, design, photography, and video arts.

Dennis Sharp will give a slide lecture on the history of SFO, making use of an extensive collection of photographs that highlight the 90-year development of the airport from the dirt airstrip and bi-planes of the Mills Field era to the jet age and its international gateway status of today.

About the SFO Museum

In 1980, the San Francisco Airport Commission collaborated with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to create an exhibition program at the San Francisco International Airport. After a successful first year, a department was established to produce exhibitions that would humanize the airport environment and reflect the cultural life of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Today, SFOM features more than 20 galleries throughout the airport terminals displaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, which houses a permanent collection dedicated to preserving the history of commercial aviation.

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Update on community effort to buy Alpine Beer Garden

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Lucy Neely sent out this email about the community effort to buy Rossotti’s: “Portola Valley Community Roadhouse, LLC offers our gratitude for your support the last couple of weeks, and our apologies for not being able to respond to all inquiries! We will write back soon. “The deadline for submission of Letters of Intent to […]

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The Tuskegee Airman is topic for free talk at Menlo Park Library on June 12

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Before 1940, African-Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. Civil rights organizations and the black press exerted pressure that resulted in the formation of an all African-American pursuit squadron based in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1941. They became known as the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of […]

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Momentum builds in effort to buy Alpine Inn (aka Rossotti’s) with a initial deadline of May 31

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After three community meetings led by Lucy Neely under the auspices of the Portola Valley Community Roadhouse, LLC, the opportunity for locals to buy the historical Alpine Inn Beer Garden — aka Rossotti’s — is moving forward quickly. At last week’s meetings, Lucy talked about the “emotional and historical importance” Zott’s has to the community and […]

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Bo Crane leads MPHA tour of Holy Cross Cemetery on Saturday, May 19

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This year the Menlo Park Historical Association (MPHA) annually sponsored tour of Holy Cross Cemetery will be led by MPHA secretary, Bo Crane, on Saturday, May 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The Cemetery is at 1100 Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, located at the street’s bend. Parking for this event is not allowed […]

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Documentary film “Dolores” screens at Menlo Park Library on May 15

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Learn more about United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, in the new documentary film, Dolores, which will screen at the Menlo Park Library on May 15 at 6:30 pm. Huerta, who led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside her better-known co-founder Cesar Chavez, is profiled in this documentary directed by Peter Bratt. Huerta, […]

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Japanese-American Detention Camps: Stories of Strength and Hope is title of May 5th talk

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Storyteller Megumi will bring history to life — and she will bring along guests who lived through that history. Storyteller Megumi has conducted dozens of personal interviews with American men and women of Japanese ancestry who experienced forced and “voluntary” eviction, incarceration, draft (and draft resistance) during World War II. Based on these interviews, Megumi […]

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Meet aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman via Betty Slater’s performance on April 14

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In 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first woman of African-American descent, and the first of Native American descent, to hold a pilot license. Because she was black and female, Coleman could not find anyone in the U.S. willing to teach her how to fly, so she headed off to France. Coleman toured the country with […]

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It was 25 years ago today that the Peninsula Times Tribune closed – so let’s gather at the Goose

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Full disclosure: this writer was not there the day 25 years ago that the Peninsula Times Tribune ceased publication (here’s the Tribune Co. announcement), We’d left three months earlier when a friend from high school called and asked us to join his start up. But that in no way diminished how much we enjoyed working […]

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Albert Camarillo looks back on four decades teaching Mexican American history at Stanford

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Growing up in Compton, California in the 50s and 60s, by his own admission Albert Camarillo was not a particularly good student. “But a light went on in sixth grade when I had my first male teacher,” he recalls, sitting in the living room of his Menlo Park home. “Another inspiration was my older brother […]

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More on The Oasis from author of the book on Camp Fremont

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The building that houses The Oasis, which will close on March 7, has a history that predates its 60 years as a beer garden. Emails Barbara Wilcox, who wrote a book about Camp Fremont during World War I: “[The building] was one of several Camp Fremont YMCAs during the war. Every unit had its own YMCA. […]

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