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 school teacher, a multiple-award winning author, and an avid Civil War re-enactor and historical speaker who lives in Washington State. His book “Away at War: A Civil War Story of the Family Left Behind” earned a First Place Award at Chanticleer’s Reviews and Awards Conference in their “Westerns/Civil War Fiction” category. His previously published “My Dear Wife and Children: Civil War Letters From a 2nd Minnesota Volunteer” won the “Narrative Non-Fiction” award given by Chanticleer.

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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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Menlo Gates ribbon cutting ceremony to take place on St. Patrick’s Day

A ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the completion of a wooden arched gateway that replicates what had stood alongside what is now El Camino Real from 1855-1922, will be held Sunday, March 17, at 2:00 pm at the Menlo Park Main Library. The tall main arch had the name MENLO PARK painted across the top by the […]

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Sad day for community journalism 26 years ago

A personal note: My first published story was in the Palo Alto Times when I was in six grade. I contributed to the paper when I was in high school. Lots of guys I knew growing up here were paper boys delivery the afternoon paper to household in Menlo Park. I was lucky enough to […]

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A look back at the Peninsula during World War II is topic on March 12

Discover the Peninsula’s World War II legacy, with Carmen Blair, the Deputy Director of the San Mateo County Historical Association on Tuesday, March 12, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Menlo Park Library. Wartime activities in San Mateo County included civilian defense, hospitals, industries such as Eimac and Western Pipe & Steel, internment camps, […]

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“A Young Man Goes to War – 1944” is topic of talk at Menlo Park Library on March 5

In the span of 19 months, Arthur Adams was drafted, sent to combat in Germany, wounded, captured, liberated, wounded again, recaptured, liberated again, and assigned to head to Japan. He’ll be at the Menlo Park Library to share his story on March 5, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Arthur F. Adams is retired electrical and […]

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“War Comes Home: The Legacy” is new exhibit at Menlo Park Library

Highlighting private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history, the traveling exhibition War Comes Home: The Legacy  is open at the Menlo Park Main Library. The exhibition, rich with historic and contemporary letters, offers an intimate perspective into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a soldier’s homecoming. War Comes […]

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Remastered 1964 films by Menlo Park filmmaker show origins of SLAC

A pair of 1964 films detailing the construction of Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, later renamed SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, were recently remastered and are now available for viewing on YouTube thanks to a partnership between the films’ producer, J. Douglas Allen (pictured), and the SLAC Archives, History & Records Office. The films provide a fascinating […]

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