• Civilian defense was an important part of war time preparedness. Photo courtesy of Paul Dentzel.

Courthouse Docket

Emergency Wartime Preparedness after Pearl Harbor

The Courthouse Docket continues on Saturday, July 21at 1pm with a presentation by archivist and historian, Paul Dentzel.

Emergency Wartime Preparedness after Pearl Harbor will use government documents, correspondence and photographs from his family’s collection, and explore how people prepared for air raids and other wartime activities. The lecture will have a special focus on the role of The Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (OCIAA).  The OCIAA sought to boost political and economic relations between the United States and Latin American nations.  It also created a program of motion picture productions, intending to use films to prevent those nations from joining the Axis.

After the lecture visit the museum’s exhibit, Peninsula at War! San Mateo County's World War II Legacy


Sunday, August 19: Victorian Days

Saturday, September 8:  Ray Scotty Morris, noted journalist (title TBD)

Saturday, October 27: How the Chrysanthemum Capital of the (Pacific) World Was Made: Building Japanese American Community, Selling Flowers, and Boosting Suburbia in Redwood City, California, 1906-1942 by Paul Nauert.

Sponsored By:

The Courthouse Docket is a monthly series of presentations held in the History Museum's Historic Courtroom A. The Courthouse Docket Series is sponsored by Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.