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Archived News Release from 2008

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

Redwood City, CA -  April 22, 2008 - Redwood City joins thousands of people around the country in May as part of a nationwide celebration of the annual National Historic Preservation Month. “This Place Matters" is the theme of this month-long celebration, sponsored nationally by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and locally by Redwood City and its 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 2008 will be observed with a Mayor’s proclamation, a tour of the 1859 Historic Union Cemetery on May 3rd, a downtown walking tour of some of Redwood City’s remarkable historic sites on May 4th, and a series of field trips for 7th graders to three downtown buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Union Cemetery Historic Site Tour – Saturday, May 3rd, 10:00 am; meet at the cemetery on Woodside Road west of El Camino Real.
  • Downtown Historic Walking Tour - Sunday, May 4th beginning at 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 20, 22, 28, and 30; over 700 7th graders from the 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: Fox Theater owners John Anagnostou and Michael Monte, Bob’s Courthouse Coffee Shop, the San Mateo County Historical Association, Peninsula Sunrise Rotary, Watry Design Group, the Redwood City Heritage Association, Attorney Michael Bursak, Dee Eva, and the Redwood City Optimist Club. Grant applications are pending with the Port of Redwood City and the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission.

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.

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Charles Jany
Community Development Services
(650) 780-7239

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