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Redwood City & San Mateo County History Museum Co-Sponsor Annual “Victorian Days” on August 27

Redwood City, CA - August 4 , 2005 - Peninsula residents and visitors are invited to go back in time during “Victorian Days,” an annual event that’s been a family-favorite for many years.

Plenty of historic, fun activities are planned for the entire day, Saturday, August 27, 2004 from 10 am to 4 pm as the San Mateo County History Museum hosts Victorian Days in Downtown Redwood City – admission to the History Museum is free for the day, and many of the activities are also free! The Redwood City Redevelopment Agency is providing additional sponsorship for this event, which features the History Museum as one of the centerpieces of our Downtown (during the construction of the courthouse façade and square, the temporary entrance to the Museum is located at 750 Middlefield Road).

The day features many wonderful activities for children and adults of all ages:

  • Horse-and-carriage rides through Downtown
  • Old fashioned fire engines
  • Bucket brigade competition
  • Hands-on demonstrations of old-time lumberjack skills
  • Children’s games and crafts
  • Local history booths and information
  • A performance of “Love and Marriage Victorian Style” (a play exploring Victorian courtship rituals, wedding traditions, and the marriages of millionaires…with a good dose of Victorian-era peninsula gossip thrown in)
  • A vintage hat show
  • And the always-well attended local celebrity dunk tank!

This year’s dunk tank features Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira, Council members Diane Howard, Jim Hartnett, and Alicia Aguirre, Vice Mayor Barbara Pierce, Former San Mateo County Supervisor Mike Nevin, Redwood City Police Chief Carlos Bolanos, and State Assemblyman Ira Ruskin. For a mere $3 per throw, it’s a great deal!

Don’t miss your chance to go back in time for a day at the annual Victorian Days in Downtown Redwood City. Share this event with neighbors, friends, and the entire family. Admission to the event and many activities is free. For more information call 650-299-0104. The San Mateo County History Museum website is located at

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


Mitch Postel
San Mateo County History Museum

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