History

Remembering Menlo Park’s hippie past – and the Whole Earth Truck Store

Have you heard about the famed counter culture publication from the 60s and 70s called the Whole Earth Catalog? The Whole Earth Truck Store (WETS) was a 1963 Dodge truck that was not simply a store on wheels but also an alternative lending library with a mobile micro-education service. A catalog was developed to explain […]

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When a dairy farm existed in Menlo Park close to where Avy is today

Editor’s note: With the new year, we’ll be looking at some of the historical roots of Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley. This post originally ran in 2012. 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 […]

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First Friday on Jan. 4 looks at Market St. before and after the 1906 earthquake

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Menlo Gates starting to take shape near Menlo Park Library, but additional funds are needed

The Menlo Gates project, long in the planning and fund raising, has finally begun construction, though funding is remains short $15,000 of the final goal. Construction is proceeding. The steel cross beams have been placed and the redwood covering comes next, weather and holiday permitting. By the end of the month, some or all of the […]

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Benjamin Franklin the social network genius of his time? Yes, says historian Caroline Winterer

The 18th century may not come to mind in a conversation about social networks. But Stanford historian — and Menlo Park resident — Caroline Winterer sees the period as the first age that witnessed extensive communication among people across the world. Hand-written letters were the social media posts of that time, and a new social platform […]

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A Visit from Rosa Parks at the Menlo Park Library on Dec. 8

In 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested after refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. This act of resistance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Mrs. Parks became known as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” When she died, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to honor Parks by […]

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In Memoriam: President George H.W. Bush fondly remembered by local family

When President George H.W. Bush died last Friday, Atherton resident Laura Daschbach Pitchford quickly remembered the photo of her parents, Lenore and Howard Daschbach, with George and Barbara Bush along with Jeb Bush and his wife. Laura emails: “Mom and Dad stayed the night with them at the Naples home of Dad’s childhood best friends, […]

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“Seeding Hope and Resilience: Women Moving Mountains” is topic of talk on Nov.28

Photojournalist Rucha Chitnis attempts to test assumptions, debunk stereotypes, and shift narratives at the Menlo Park Library on Nov 28 from  7:00 to 8:00 pm. She says she  is “passionate about making the invisible visible — particularly women’s counter narratives in the face of human rights abuses, food insecurity and ecological and climate crises.” Rucha’s talk […]

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Donation drive to construct new Menlo Gates continues

The several year effort to collect funds to reproduce the Menlo Gates (originally constructed 1852-4) that gave Menlo Park its name is rapidly coming to a conclusion. The Menlo Park Historical Association  now has an agreement with the City of Menlo Park to donate $43,000 in a matching fund a contract with Sinnott & Co. […]

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Spotted: 1899 Fire House being moved to its new location in Menlo Park

We were in downtown Menlo Park at the right time this morning and saw the top portion of Menlo Park Fire District’s 1899 Fire House being moved to its new home near Fire Station 6 on Oak Grove Ave. The 119-year-old “Carriage House” is one of the oldest Fire Houses in California. The Fire House was […]

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Menlo Park Historical Association commemorates end of World War I and the beginning of Fremont Park

Locals, including veterans (pictured top), gathered at Fremont Park today to commemorate the end of World War I 100 years ago today — and the 80th anniversary of the Park itself. At the event, organized by the Menlo Park Historical Association, Bo Crane (pictured right) talked about how 20 years after the Armistice on Nov. 11, […]

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