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Archived News Release from 2007

For Immediate Release

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

Redwood City, CA -  April 30, 2007 - Redwood City joins thousands of people around the country in May as part of a nationwide celebration of the annual National Historic Preservation Month. “Making Preservation Work" is the theme of this month-long celebration, sponsored nationally by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and locally by the City of Redwood City Historic Resources Advisory Committee.

Citizens nationwide will celebrate with workshops, architectural and historic tours, award ceremonies, fundraising events, and educational programs. In Redwood City, Preservation Month 2007 will be observed with a Mayor’s proclamation, a tour of the 1859 Historic Union Cemetery, a walking tour of some of Redwood City’s remarkable historic sites, and a field trip for 7th graders to downtown buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Union Cemetery tour – Saturday, May th, 2 pm; meet at the cemetery on Woodside Road west of El Camino Real.

  • Historic Walking Tour - Sunday, May 6th, 10:30 am; meet in front of the historic Lathrop House, 627 Hamilton Street for this 1.5-hour tour including sites where Wyatt Earp occasionally came for a drink, where President Hoover once slept, where an 1875 Wells Fargo Express office operated, Redwood City’s first new car showroom salon and auto repair garage, 1896’s finest theater on the peninsula, former homes of prominent pioneer citizens, and more.

  • School field trips - May 23, 24, 29, and 30; 800 7th graders from Redwood City School District will see the restored 1863 Lathrop House, the old County Courthouse (now the San Mateo County History Museum), and the historic Fox Theater.

The celebration of National Historic Preservation Month is made possible by the generous sponsorship of a number of individuals, businesses, and community organizations: John Anagnostou and Michael Monte of the Fox and Little Fox; the Port of Redwood City; Bob’s Courthouse Coffee Shop; San Mateo County Historical Association; Watry Design Group; Redwood City Heritage Association; Attorney Michael Bursak; Dee Eva; Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission (pending); and the Redwood City Optimist Club.

The Historic Resources Advisory Committee is an advisory committee to 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 local business. Take a look at the variety of City webcams at www.redwoodcity.org/webcam, and subscribe to Redwood City’s email newsletter and other City documents by visiting www.redwoodcity.org/egov.

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

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