Guest Opinion: Wishing for a Menlo Park history museum

by Contributed Content on February 17, 2012

I was thinking the other day how nice it would be if the City of Menlo Park had a History Museum. Having incorporated in year 1927, many items of memorabilia are being stored in the Library basement and other parts of town.

A museum could be a place where several of these valued items could be on display, offer docent tours, be a place for lectures, discussions and overall a place of learning for students, citizens, reporters, researchers and basically the community.

Other cities have them. One only needs to go to Redwood City, for instance, to marvel at the museum located in the old court house on Broadway.

Lucy Stern in Palo Alto made a whole community center avaialble, that has stood the test of time and become a cherished asset. Public spirited citizens, such as Birge and Esther Clark, Lucille Packard and others have helped to make dreams come true. The question is, might there be such a person or persons in Menlo Park? I sure hope so.


One Comment

Beth M. Bonora October 29, 2015 at 11:18 am

I would love to have a history museum about Menlo Park! There are some informative books about the history of this part of the Peninsula, but there is nothing better than to walk into a space where you can see exhibits and learn about what came before us. I am sure there are people like me who would volunteer so we could enjoy wading through old documents and talking about which historical events and individuals would be most interesting to young people and the rest of us.

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