Menlo Park Historical Assoc.

The tale of Two Menlos on display at the Menlo Park Library through February

During the month of February, a display at the Menlo Park Library entrance will feature the recently signed Friendship Agreement between the City of Menlo Park and Galway City, Ireland. As many are aware, Menlo Park is named for the very old Gaelic village of Mionloch (anglicized to Menlough and usually shortened to Menlo), which […]

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Caltrain’s 150th Anniversary Celebration at Menlo Park

We stopped by today’s celebration of Caltrain’s 150th Anniversary at the Menlo Park Caltrain station. It was a wonderful family event – lots to see and enjoy. Here are some photos of today’s celebration!

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Friendship agreement signed between Menlo Park and Galway City, Ireland

Almost exactly one-year ago Gerry Hanley came from his hometown of Menlo (or Menlough, the anglicized version of the Irish Gaelic Mionloch, which means “small lake”), now a section of Galway City, Ireland, to Menlo Park with a personal mission to establish a friendship relationship between the two cities. His point of contact here was […]

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Festivities celebrating Caltrain’s 150th anniversary set for Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Menlo Park train station

On October 17, 1863, the construction of the rail line for the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad was completed from San Francisco to Mayfield. A festive train brought 400 dignitaries, including Gov. Leland Stanford and Gov. A. C. Gibbs (Oregon), to a grand picnic just north of the San Francisquito Creek in today’s Menlo […]

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Menlo Park Historical Association presents talk by local publisher on Nov. 18

Bill Johnson, the owner of the Almanac and Palo Alto Weekly, will speak on the topic “History Endangered: When Newspapers Are Gone, How will Local History Be Written” on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  The Menlo Park Historical Association-sponsored event, which will take place at the Menlo Park Library, is free and […]

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Hunting down the long gone Searles Fine Food on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park

Where Harvest Furniture is now (639 Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park) was once Searles Fine Foods. Frequent InMenlo contributor Jym Clenandin, who is also a member of the Menlo Park Historical Association, did some digging: “The photo I found has a pencil notation ‘about 1960’ on the back, but the cars look like the […]

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Spotted: Lewis, Keith and Angus at Clock Tower event

A photo taken at the Clock Tower event on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 of the Master of Ceremonies, Jim Lewis, Menlo Park Mayor, Kirsten Keith and Menlo Park Historical Association President, Dick Angus.

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Menlo Park celebrates clock tower’s 25th birthday

On a cloudless June day, about 40 locals gathered yesterday in the shadow of the Clock Tower at the Menlo Park Transportation Center. It was exactly 25 years ago that the Center was built to integrate rail, bus, auto, bicycle and pedestrian transportation elements in one central location. The visually defining element of the Center […]

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Menlo Park clock tower gets ready to celebrate its 25th anniversary

Envisioned in the 1980s as a visible focus for the Menlo Park Transportation Center, the city’s clock tower is getting spruced up in anticipation for an anniversary celebration planned for Tuesday, June 19 at 11:00 am, sponsored by the Menlo Park Historical Association. The Transportation Center provides train, bus, bicycle and automobile transport service in […]

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Life long resident Frank Helfrich commended for his service as Menlo Park’s unofficial historian

At last night’s Menlo Park City Council meeting, life long Menlo Park resident Frank Helfrich was commended for his service to the city as a 30-year volunteer with the Menlo Park Historical Association. The proclamation, read by Mayor Kirsten Keith, cited his unparalleled knowledge of the city, making him the  “go-to guy for both routine and […]

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Troops in Menlo? Yes, 40,000 strong at Camp Fremont – a video documentary tells the story

Bryce Cronkite-Ratcliff was in 7th grade when a volunteer opportunity at the Menlo Park VA, where his mom worked, turned him into a young version of Ken Burns. “I think they were celebrating the 75th anniversary and someone came up with the idea making a video documentary of Camp Fremont,” said the Woodside resident, who […]

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