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

Redwood City, CA - April 24 , 2006 - 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 2006. “Sustain America – Vision, Economics, and Preservation" is the theme of this month-long celebration, which is sponsored annually by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and locally b y 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 2006 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.

The Historic Walking Tour will be on Sunday, May 7th beginning at 10:30 am in front of Lathrop House at 627 Hamilton Street, and will last approximately an hour and a half. 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.

The field trips for 7th graders from the Redwood City School District will take place May 24 and 25, and May 30 and 31 with 800 students experiencing the restored 1863 Lathrop House, a historic house museum at 627 Hamilton Street, 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, Cypress Lawn Cemetery, the Redwood City Heritage Association, the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, Attorney Michael Bursak, 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.

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Charles Jany
Community Development Services

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