History

“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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Menlo Park to host 19th annual Black History Month celebration on Feb. 22

The City of Menlo Park is planning its 19th annual Black History Month Luncheon and Gospel Fest for February 22 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. The event will start with a welcoming speech by Mayor Pro Tem Cecilia Taylor, followed by a poetry reading from local poet Kalamu Chache, and a dance performance by […]

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Speaking of Valentine’s Day, what are the origins of romantic love?

People celebrating Valentine’s Day can thank Plato for the notion that their partner is their soulmate and other half, says Stanford scholar Robert Pogue Harrison (pictured). Harrison, the Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature in the School of Humanities and Sciences, co-teaches What is Love?, a popular Stanford humanities class where students trace the classical […]

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In conversation with Karen Offen about women’s history and feminism

It was the introductory sentence to Karen Offen’s First Friday talk in Woodside that got our attention: “How did a country girl from Idaho become one of the world’s foremost authorities on feminist thought and activism?” We wanted to learn how, so visited with her at her Woodside home. The first step, she told us, […]

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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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