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Archived News Release from 2005

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Celebrates National Historic Preservation Month with Downtown Walking Tours, Other Activities

Redwood City, CA - April 19 , 2005 - The Redwood City community will join thousands of individuals around the country to take part in a nationwide celebration of the annual National Historic Preservation Month, May 2005.

Restore America: Communities at a Crossroads" is the theme of this month-long celebration, which is sponsored annually by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and locally by the City of Redwood City Historic Resources Advisory Committee.

As part of the month-long celebration, citizens nationwide will celebrate with alumni reunions, career days, pageants, workshops, clean-up days, rallies, re-enactments, and home and garden tours. Here in Redwood City, Preservation Month 2005 will be observed by a remarkable historic walking tour, a proclamation by the Mayor, a field trip for seventh graders to three downtown buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and a tour of the Union Cemetery Historic site.

The Historic Walking Tour will be on Saturday, May 7th beginning at 10:30 am in front of Lathrop House at 627 Hamilton Street, and will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Participants will marvel to see where Wyatt Earp occasionally came for a drink, where President Hoover once slept, where a Wells Fargo Express Office operated in 1875, the site of Redwood City’s first new car showroom salon and auto repair garage, the finest theater on the peninsula in 1896, the former homes of prominent pioneer citizens and much, much more.

Then, sponsored by the Historic Union Cemetery Association, the Union Cemetery Historic Site tour will take place on Saturday, May 14th at 1:00 pm. The 1859 cemetery is located at Woodside Road, near El Camino Real.

The field trips for 7th graders from the Redwood City School District will take place May 23rd – May 27th with 750 students experiencing the restored 1863 Lathrop House, the Old County Courthouse (home of the San Mateo County Historical Association and Museum), and the historic Fox Theater.

Business and community sponsors and participants for the school tours include restaurant and Fox Theater owners John Anagnostou and Michael Monte, the San Mateo County Historical Association, the Redwood City Heritage Association, the Rotary Club of Redwood City, the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, Watry Design, Inc., Attorney Michael Bursak, Bob’s Courthouse Coffee Shop, and the Redwood City Optimist Club.

The Historic Resources Advisory Committee advises the Redwood City Planning Commission regarding the implementation of the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. The Committee recommends historic designation of local landmarks and districts, performs design review of changes to historic buildings, and is involved in other historic preservation related activities.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

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Contact:
Charles Jany
Community Development Services
650-780-7239

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