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Join the Menlo Park Library for a live, virtual tour of San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum on Monday, September 14 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Register online.

Take part in a live, interactive guided tour of art, architecture, and historical materials related to the Holocaust, drawn from the CJM’s architecture and current and past exhibitions.

The CJM’s Holocaust and Resistance programming integrates survivor testimony, history, art and contemporary connections.

This program is appropriate for adults, and for students in grades 7–12 who have some previous learning about the Holocaust.

This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.

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Learn about your rights in Civil Rights 101 workshop on Aug. 31

What are your rights? Join the Menlo Park Library for a workshop covering our country’s civil rights history, and the current issues surrounding your civil liberties (and those of others). The online event takes place on Monday, Aug. 31 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Register online. The “Civil Rights 101” workshop from CAIR-SFBA covers rights […]

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The 19th Amendment is a milestone, but not the endpoint, for women’s rights in America

Editor’s note: Today marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Here are observations by Stanford historian Estelle Freedman as discussed with Melissa De Witte. The centennial of the 19th Amendment is a milestone in women’s suffrage, marking a culmination of decades-long efforts by women who called for full citizenship. […]

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Virtual tour and art activity via the Museum of the African Diaspora on Aug. 10

Get an insider’s experience from MoAd, the Museum of the African Diaspora on Monday, Aug. 10 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Register online. MoAD docents will discuss works from Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: a Postcolonial Paradox, an exhibition that looks at the legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean through the work of 10 […]

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Commemorating the Hiroshima bombing with storyteller Megumi

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, bilingual storyteller Megumi will tell the story of Sadako, a 12-year-old girl who has come to symbolize world peace. Immediately following, she will give an intermediate origami demonstration on how to fold paper cranes. Register online. Learn: -Who was Sadako Sasako? -What is […]

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Two films offered during August to commemorate 1945 atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center is screening two special films by David Rothauser on their YouTube channel for the full month of August: Hibakusha: Our Life to Live: a documentary about the experience of the survivors of the bombings and their work for world peace. The Monday, August 3,  screening of this film will include an […]

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Menlo Park sisters get involved with The Peace Crane Project on display at ArtVentures Gallery

My daughter Lucy, now a 10th grader, started making paper cranes when she was seven or eight years old. At the time, she didn’t fully understand the significance behind these beautiful, intricately folded creatures. Whenever she was bored or stressed, I would catch her folding paper. During the pandemic — a time of anxiety and uncertainty […]

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Collecting Community History: The West During COVID-19 is topic on July 27

Learn about a preservation initiative to assist communities across the American West in saving and protecting objects of meaning on Monday, July 27, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Register online. COVID-19 has altered our daily lives in ways that are profound and will shape our behavior, communities, and society for generations to come. The Autry […]

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Peace Cranes project in Menlo Park commemorates the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings

The community is invited to participate in an installation outside Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park (888 Santa Cruz Ave.) to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 6–9, 2020. The Peace Crane project is part of A/V Gallery director Katharina Powers’ nonprofit, Menlo Park Public Art, and is […]

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So, What ARE You? is virtual library program on July 18

Forty five years after The Fall of Saigon, the Menlo Park Library brings you the touching and often hilarious memories of one insider and her memories of life as a new American on Saturday, July 18, from 11:00 am to noon. Register online. Fleeing Vietnam on the eve of the fall of Saigon and ending […]

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Get a virtual tour of the Valley Relics Museum on July 6

Get a guided tour of a one-of-a kind pop culture museum featuring neon signs, classic cars, advertising art, film sets, playable retro arcade and much more on Monday, July 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Register online. Inside an airplane hangar in Los Angeles County, the Valley Relics Museum boasts avast collection of historical artifacts […]

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