For Immediate Release
April 24, 2014
Public Communication and Engagement Manager
Redwood City Joins National Historic Preservation Month Celebration in May
Redwood City to honor local history with a visit to Wyatt Earp’s “hangout,” the Peninsula’s finest 1896 theater, a cemetery, the old county courthouse, the historical Fox Theater, and more.
Redwood City, Calif. – Redwood City residents will join thousands of individuals across the country this May to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This year’s theme for the month-long celebration is “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage.” With the support of the Redwood City Historic Resources Advisory Committee, Redwood City’s celebration includes a proclamation by Mayor Jeffrey Gee on April 28th, a downtown historic walking tour on Sunday, May 4th, and a Union Cemetery Historic Site tour on Saturday, May 10th. Thanks to a number of government and business sponsors, the celebration will also include four field trips for approximately 700 seventh graders to three downtown buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Trust created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America. Since then, the event has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities. Due to the event’s overwhelming popularity, in 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even greater opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states, and enable more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement.
“Redwood City’s month-long celebration is another opportunity for our community to gather together in celebration of our great City and its history,” states Mayor Jeffrey Gee. “We are especially thankful to the collaboration of government entities and community-minded business partners for the opportunity to strengthen our youth’s knowledge of our historical landmarks.”
On Sunday, May 4th, the downtown historic walking tour will begin at 10:30am in front of Lathrop House at 627 Hamilton Street. The tour will last approximately one hour and thirty minutes, and will include most of Redwood City’s historic commercial buildings as well as some 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.
On Saturday, May 10th, the Union Cemetery Historic Site tour will begin at 10:00am. The 1859 cemetery is located at Woodside Road, near El Camino Real. 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.
The seventh grade field trip for schools from the Redwood City School District will take place on May 7th, 20th, 21st and 28th. Nearly 700 students will tour 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 Fox Theater.
Business, community and civic sponsors and participants for the school tours include the City of Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Port Commission, Rocket Fuel Inc., Fox Theater owners Eric and Lori Lochtefeld, the San Mateo County Historical Association, the Redwood City Heritage Association, retired attorney Michael Bursak and the Redwood City Optimist Club.
More About the Historic Resources Advisory Committee
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.