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On June 19, 1865 — years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation — word finally reached Texas that African-American enslavement was now against the law.

In a program for adults, teens, and mature tweens, Diane Ferlatte will share captivating, moving tales to mark that day at the Menlo Park Library on June 19 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm..

Diane will honor Juneteenth, telling stories of African Americans’ contributions, experiences, and struggles in America from 1776 to June 19th, 1865.

Diane may also share stories of her personal journey across the cultural & racial landscape of America as she is accompanied on banjo and guitar by her musician, Erik Pearson.

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Who remembers the A&W Root Bear?

Emails Steve Golden: “Great nostalgia in your piece on A&W [in Menlo Park]. “I showed it to a friend, Jeff Gaffney, who grew up in Atherton. Not only did he remember fondly, but he worked there. As the bear mascot, e.g. the A&W Root Bear! “He said Ray Bartles was on his paper route, and […]

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Remembering when A&W Root Beer and its car hops ruled El Camino Real in Menlo Park

The great article on A&W Root Beer turning 100 years old in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle brought back good memories of not only visiting the Lodi landmark restaurant over the years, but also the time in the ’60s and ’70s when A&W was one of  two “go-to” places (the other being Foster’s Freeze) for local […]

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Saga of early Menlo Park farmer (yes!) and his Stanford Dairy – and why there is a jog in Avy Avenue

John Murray and his wife Mary were both Irish immigrants who came to New York City in 1848 or ’49 and met and married there. Mary was pregnant with their first child when the decision was made for Murray to go to California to seek the family’s fortune, while Mary stayed in New York City […]

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Anyone at Magoo’s Pizza Parlor 54 years ago today?

On this date — May 5 — the Warlock’s made their first appearance at Magoo’s Pizza Parlor in Menlo Park. As we all know, the band changed its name to the Grateful Dead. It was 1965, 54 years ago. Get a full list of all the places in Menlo Park and Atherton where the Dead […]

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Story of Vietnamese girl straddling two cultures at Menlo Park Library on April 30

On the anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the Menlo Park Library presents Judi Le who recounts her touching — and hilarious — memories of life as a new American on Tuesday, April 30 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Fleeing Vietnam on the eve of the fall of Saigon and ending up in refugee camp […]

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Story of family left behind during the Civil War will be told on April 22

Over 150 years ago, Corporal David Brainard Griffin left his family to join the Union army. Griffin’s great-great grandson, author and historian Nick K. Adams, will share lessons learned from 100 letters home at the Menlo Park Library (800 Alma St.) on Monday, April 22, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Adams is a retired elementary […]

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Learn about films Walt Disney produced during World War II on April 8

Educator Shawn Carrera from the Walt Disney Family Museum will talk about the films Walt Disney produced for the government during World War II on Monday, April 8, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Menlo Park Library. Emphasis will be placed on Disney shorts and films made for the war effort, the occupation of […]

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Hidden delights of Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park

One of the more enjoyable aspects of publishing InMenlo, is getting to dive deep into some of Menlo Park’s more hidden treasures. Such was the case when we toured Vallombrosa Center with Public Events and Marketing Coordinator David Leech accompanied by contributing photographer Scott Kline. Tucked behind a wall on Oak Grove Avenue between the […]

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Author of “The Little Exile” to speak at Menlo Park Library on March 27

Jeanette Arakawa, imprisoned for four years as a child during World War II in an Arkansas “relocation center” for Japanese-Americans, will at the Menlo Park Library on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm about life as an internee, and life after the “camps.” Arakawa is the author of the book “The Little Exile,” relating a […]

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Menlo Gates officially dedicated, fittingly on St. Patrick’s Day

The reproduction of the historical Menlo Gates near the library was officially dedicated this afternoon, recalling Menlo Park’s Irish roots. The construction of the Gates was a project of the Menlo Park Historical Association (MPHA) and members Jim Lewis (bottom photo) and Jym Clendenin (pictured speaking) made brief remarks today along with Mayor Ray Mueller […]

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