For Immediate Release
April 17, 2013
Public Communications Manager
Revisit Wyatt Earp, Pioneers, Civil War, Wells Fargo Express, and More During Historic Preservation Month in Redwood City
Redwood City, CA - People in Redwood City will join thousands of individuals around the country as part of a nationwide celebration of the annual National Historic Preservation Month, during May, 2013.
"See! Save! Celebrate!" is the theme of the month-long celebration sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and locally by Redwood City's Historic Resources Advisory Committee. This special event spotlights grassroots historic preservation efforts in America, celebrates the diverse and unique heritage of our country's cities and states, and enables more Americans to become involved in the growing historic preservation movement.
Here in Redwood City, observation of Historic Preservation Month 2013 will start with a proclamation from the City Council on Monday, April 22, and is followed by a Downtown historic walking tour on Sunday, May 5, a Union Cemetery Historic Site tour on May 18, and a field trip for seventh graders to three downtown buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. And, the City's self-guided Path of History walking tours are another great way to celebrate our local history.
- Downtown Historic Walking Tour, Sunday, May 5th, 10:30 am: tour meets in front of Lathrop House at 627 Hamilton Street. The tour will last approximately one-and-a-half hours and will include most of Redwood City's historic commercial buildings as well as some historic residential properties. Walking tour participants will see where Wyatt Earp occasionally came for a drink, where a Wells Fargo Express Office operated in 1875, 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 more.
- Union Cemetery Historic Site Tour, Saturday, May 18th, 10 am: tour meets at the 1859 cemetery, located on Woodside Road, near El Camino Real. The Union Cemetery serves as a permanent archive of San Mateo County's history. Recorded on stone are the rich and colorful lives of many pioneer families - including more than 40 Civil War veterans who are buried in the old soldiers' plot established by the Grand Army of the Republic.
- Seventh grade field trips, taking place on May 15th, 20th, 28th and 29th, led by local volunteers, will bring hundreds of students to the restored 1863 Lathrop House, the Old County Courthouse (home of the San Mateo County Historical Association and Museum), and the historic Fox Theatre.
- Path of History: Redwood City's Historic Informational Kiosk and Commemorative Sculpture/Plaque are located at the corner of Main Street and Broadway, near the site of the Wells Fargo express service, where visitors can pick up a brochure and take a self-guided tour of historic landmarks in Downtown Redwood City - the "Path of History." Historic plaques are located throughout the Downtown area.
Business, community and civic sponsors and participants for the school tours include the City of Redwood City and its Civic Cultural Commission and Historic Resources Advisory C, Fox Theater owners Eric and Lori Lochtefeld, the San Mateo County Historical Association, the Redwood City Heritage Association, The Karen P. and James W. Gernand Family Fund, Attorney Michael Bursak, 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. Subscribe to Redwood City's email newsletter and other City documents by visiting www.redwoodcity.org/newsletters.