Menlo Park Historical Assoc.

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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Dick Angus: Man with deep local roots is president of Menlo Park Historical Association

That Dick Angus didn’t live his adult life in Menlo Park or Atherton is a combination of circumstances. But Dick has deep local roots — deep enough that he’s currently president of the Menlo Park Historical Association, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 13 with a program that will feature Michael Svanevik, […]

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From Fairwinds to Arbor House: The saga of one of Menlo’s most historic homes

As you transit the narrow winding section of Arbor Drive that runs beside St. Raymond Church and School, you may notice a large, rather elegant house set back from the road surrounded by a couple acres of lawn. This 16-room three-story house, built 100 years ago (1911) on an 11-acre plot, was first occupied by […]

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Arthur Lloyd is speaker at MP Historical Assoc. annual meeting

Ever since Peninsula residents celebrated the inauguration of regular passenger service between San Francisco and San Jose 146 years ago, Menlo Park’s history has been closely aligned with that of the railroad.  In 1864 two trains each day made the trip between the two cities, taking two hours and 20 minutes.  Today, over 60 trains […]

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Mystery of Menlo: Sign showing miles to New Orleans

A couple of months ago, former local resident Corry Arnold (who blogs about the Grateful Dead and other once Peninsula-based musicians), sent an email inquiring about a Menlo Park train station sign that displayed the mileage to New Orleans. Wrote Corry: “Were you aware of a sign on the railroad tracks in Menlo Park, opposite […]

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History comes alive at the Menlo Park Historical Association

A visit to the Menlo Park Historical Association really brings Menlo Park’s history alive – as we learned when we met with Frank Helfrich, Lydia Cooper, and Anne DeCarli (left to right above) at the MPHA’s densely packed room in the basement of the Menlo Park Public Library. Frank, affectionately known as the “guru of […]

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