History

In honor of the 99th anniversary of women’s suffrage, listen to a talk about the “mighty political experiment” of granting women the right to vote on Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the Downstairs Program Room of the Menlo Park Library.

In 1920, the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote. The League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County will explore the suffrage movement, including the birth of the League as a “mighty political experiment,” and the strides and setbacks involved with making democracy work for everyone.

About the League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters never supports or opposes any political party or candidate

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Menlo Park Historical Association hosts walking tour featuring oldest structures on Aug. 3

On Saturday, Aug. 3, the Menlo Park Historical Association is hosting a walk that will cover the oldest structures in Menlo Park: the Railroad Depot built in 1867, the Timothy Hopkins Gatehouse built in 1864 and the Edgar Mills Bright Eagle mansion built in 1869. The mile-and-a-half tour will also include “Religious Row” with the […]

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Moon landing scavenger hunt sponsored by Portola Valley Library

Starting today, July 20, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and extending over the next two weeks, stop by the Portola Valley Library for a Moon Landing-themed edition of the library’s Summer Scavenger Hunts. Track down clues and get a prize! The library is open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Mondays […]

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How 100 year plus of Sunset magazines and books was saved from the dumpster

For long-time Menlo Park residents who remember the years that Sunset Publishing was very much part of our community, we recommend an interesting article in this month’s Stanford magazine about how staff members managed to save the archive of magazines and books following the sale of the buildings on Willow Road. Author Michael Shapiro sets […]

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Remembering when fine dining reigned in Sharon Heights at the Velvet Turtle

Many longtime locals continue to mourn the loss of the Velvet Turtle in the Sharon Heights shopping center.  Opened in 1970 by Wally Botello, it was the first of 20 such restaurants spread around California. Purchased by the Marriott Corp. in 1986, who later sold it to a private investment group. The Menlo Park location, […]

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Old Glory still flies on Bay Laurel thanks to Bill McClure

You may recognize the name “William L. McClure” as in “Menlo Park city attorney.” But he’s also Bill McClure, Menlo Park native son. “I grew up on San Mateo Drive and went to Oak Knoll with the Notthoff kids,” said Bill. “Their house was on Bay Laurel where Hermosa comes in. The first thing you […]

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Storyteller Diane Ferlatte appears at Menlo Park Library on June 19

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 […]

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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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