Woodside Day Celebrates Our Town’s Heritage

November 18, 2011

Lovers of our Town’s history and architectural and natural beauty will have an unparalleled opportunity on Sunday the 20th from 10 am to 4 pm. to indulge their passion at the San Mateo County History Museum’s ‘Woodside Day’! The museum, located in the classic century-old courthouse at 2200 Broadway Street in downtown Redwood City, is partnering with local authors Thalia Lubin and Bob Dougherty in unveiling their new book Images of America: Woodside and providing Woodside residents with free access to the museum

Thalia Lubin, of course, is a longtime historian, architect and member of Woodside’s History Committee and ASRB, while Bob Dougherty is a La Honda historian who previously produced the Images of America: La Honda book. In collaboration with the Woodside History Committee, they’ve produced a 128-page book filled with rare photographs and stories of the Woodside area’s history going back hundreds of years. The authors will be hosting a presentation of their new book and signing copies in the museum store from 2-4 pm. Woodside residents are advised to bring photo ID showing their Woodside residency or the flier form for free entry.

The Museum is well worth a look on its own, of course, with many exhibits on our County’s history from its Native American beginnings through Spanish Mission times to more recent times. The Museum’s staff also runs the famed Woodside Store (http://www.historysmc.org/woodside.html), built in 1854.
Currently the Museum is hosting an exciting exhibit on the Prohibition era in San Mateo County called ‘Broads, Bootleggers & Bookies’ . Apparently San Mateo County was notorious for its corruption and vice; illegal gambling and moonshine-making were rife in the ‘20s and ‘30s.

The Museum won’t break the bank even when admission is not free as it is for Woodside Day. Adult admission is just $5, with seniors and students getting in for only $3. Children under five visit free!

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