greatest benefit of all, knowing that the parlors membership is furthering the preservation and presentation of our local history.
As these special events are announced, Brothers Marcia Skelton and Duane Gavin will serve as the liaisons to coordinate Redwood Parlors participation. For those who are not familiar with the San Mateo Historical Association here are a few excerpts from their web page.
To enrich, excite, and educate through understanding, preserving, and interpreting the history of San Mateo County.
Roscoe Wyatt, manager of the San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce in the 1930s, believed that promoting the colorful stories and characters of the county’s past would attract people to San Mateo County. His promotional efforts included the creation of an Historical Association. Dr Frank Stanger, a history instructor at what is now the College of San Mateo, developed a mission for the Association. His goals were preserving the county's historical sites, developing an archive for the county’s history and creating a museum dedicated to preserving reminders of the county’s past.
The San Mateo County Historical Association operates three historical sites: the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City, the Woodside Store in Woodside, and the Sanchez Adobe in Pacifica The History Museum is located in the old San Mateo County Courthouse in downtown Redwood City. Built in 1910, the History Museum features professionally designed exhibit galleries and is, itself, a historical work of art. The museum approaches history in a unique, topical manner by looking at the county’s natural resources, transportation, suburban life, commerce, and the diversity of its people. The original goals of the Historical Association have expanded to include providing meaningful learning experiences for the county’s residents and guests with special attention devoted to children’s programs.
Our exhibits give students an opportunity for experiential learning. Teachers tell us that, through hands-on experiences, students are much more likely to learn, appreciate, and integrate historical information into their current lives. In addition, the San Mateo County Historical Association offers an exciting calendar of public programs including workshops, lectures, family days, and preschool story time. For more information such as location, public hours, membership packages, volunteering as a docent, or upcoming events please visit their web site at www.historysmc.org .
On August 11th, members of Redwood Parlor took part in an exclusive after hour tour and reception of the Historic “Old” Redwood City Courthouse, current home of the San Mateo County Historical Association and Museum.
The response and enthusiasm that carried over to the following night parlor meeting resulted in the parlor adopting a motion to become a sponsor and supporter of the Historical Association at the Archivist Level. As a member of the Historical Association, the parlor and its members will enjoy some very special benefits,
such as pre-public viewings of new exhibits,
workshops, special dinners, and of course the
Redwood Parlor Initiation
Here is the class initiated on May 13th into
Redwood Parlor #66 by the Grand Parlor Officers.
L to R: Chad Blakney, Jeff Hill, Miguel Gomez, John Cortez, Sam White,
Grand President Gene Perry, Florence Montalvo, Chris Zanoni and Jesus Gonzalez
Native Daughter, Marcia Skelton Bonita Parlor #10 , presented the
125th Anniversary cake to Redwood Parlor #66 President Gordon Steele at
the 125th Anniversary/Family Day Celebration at Bear Lodge Grove