Menlo Park Historical Assoc.

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The several year effort to collect funds to reproduce the Menlo Gates (originally constructed 1852-4) that gave Menlo Park its name is rapidly coming to a conclusion.

The Menlo Park Historical Association  now has an agreement with the City of Menlo Park to donate $43,000 in a matching fund a contract with Sinnott & Co. to construct and install the replica Gates on the City’s Burgess campus over the sidewalk on Alma St near Ravenswood Ave. Construction has started! You should see something appearing at the site next week.

The good news is that construction of the Menlo Gates has begun. The steel frame should be installed in about one week, maybe Nov 28th. The entire construction and installation should be completed by the end of December.

The bad news is that the cost (now fixed by a construction contract with Sinnott & Co) has risen to $97,000. We now need to raise an additional $14,000 to complete the project. Your donation will help.

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Menlo Park Historical Association commemorates end of World War I and the beginning of Fremont Park

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Locals, including veterans (pictured top), gathered at Fremont Park today to commemorate the end of World War I 100 years ago today — and the 80th anniversary of the Park itself. At the event, organized by the Menlo Park Historical Association, Bo Crane (pictured right) talked about how 20 years after the Armistice on Nov. 11, […]

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Menlo Park Historical Association walking tour takes you back 100 years

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On August 4, 2018, the Menlo Park Historical Association is conducting its annual Victorian Days Walking Tour, sponsored by the San Mateo County Historical Association. The Menlo Park tour is free, as are other tours, and no reservation is required — you just show up at MacArthur Park, 27 University Avenue, Palo Alto, near the […]

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Learn how local streets got their names on July 2

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Join Bo Crane, author of the book The Streets of Menlo Park, as he shares information about the origins and namesakes of our local streets.  Discover the fascinating stories and biographies associated with the names — how the streets were named, and who lived on them. Bo’s talk takes place on July 2 at 7:00 […]

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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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Bo Crane authors a book, The Streets of Menlo Park, in time for the city’s 90th anniversary

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Take a quick glance at the photo to the right, taken in Menlo Park. Now answer: Where exactly? Is there a street in Menlo called Fourth Street? Of course there is, or it wouldn’t be in the new Menlo Park Historical Association book written by Bo Crane called the The Streets of Menlo Park. Bo explained […]

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Spotted: Camp Fremont exhibit at Menlo Park Library

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Emails Menlo Park Historical Association board member Jim Lewis: “Long before Menlo Park became a city, the United States Government created Camp Fremont, increasing the area’s population from about 3,000 persons to over 40,000. Some of what was built then still exists today, per records from the Menlo Park Historical Association. You can learn more […]

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The former Roger Reynolds Nursery set to meet the wrecking ball

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Menlo Park Historical Association member Jim Lewis emailed: “The guillotine is falling. It’s the end of the road for the endeared local historical property formerly known as the Roger Reynolds Nursery, along with its iconic Carriage House [shown with adjacent dumpster]. “You may wish to take your own photos, documenting one piece of Menlo Park’s […]

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Great estates of the Peninsula is topic of recent talk sponsored by the Menlo Park Historical Association

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Earlier this fall, Carmen J. Blair, Deputy Director of the San Mateo County Historical Association, gave a talk at the Menlo Park Library entitled The Great Estates of the Peninsula. Carmen was invited by the Menlo Park Historical Association, and her talk was part of that organization’s annual meeting. Carmen’s talk explored the Mid-Peninsula lifestyle during the late […]

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Menlo Park gates to live again – if enough money can be raised

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“Portals of Early Days’ at Menlo Park Laid Low; Landmark of 1854 Falls.” Thus headlined an article in the July 7, 1922, Palo Alto Times. “The landmark…was struck early this morning by two automobiles, filled with singing passengers, which careened down the highway and crashed into the old arch…” The wood “…was rotted and scarcely […]

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Kathy Wade takes us on a tour of Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park

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Holy Cross Cemetery, located at the intersection of Santa Cruz and Avy in Menlo Park, is a place that hundreds pass by daily, but we’re guessing few residents venture in, or know its history, unless they have deep Catholic roots in the community. That assumption — and a couple of upcoming  public events — prompted […]

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