To inspire wonder and discovery through education about the cultural and natural history of San Mateo County.
The San Mateo County Historical Association started in 1935. Dr. Frank Stanger, the first executive director, goals were preserving the county’s historical sites, developing an archive for the county’s history and creating a museum dedicated to preserving reminders of the county’s past.
The San Mateo County Historical Association operates three historical sites: the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City, the Woodside Store in Woodside, and the Sanchez Adobe in Pacifica. It also runs school programs at the Folger Stable in Woodside.
The original goals of the Historical Association have expanded to include providing meaningful learning experiences for the county’s residents and guests with special attention devoted to children’s programs. Through hands-on experiences, students are much more likely to learn, appreciate, and integrate historical information into their current lives. We also offer an exciting calendar of public programs including workshops, lectures and family days. We invite you to visit the History Museum, Woodside Store, and Sanchez Adobe.
It is an honor to serve on the Board and be elected as Chair of the San Mateo County Historical Association Board. I am excited about building a three-story addition to our museum and two new galleries in the existing area. This will help us to improve upon our mission of inspiring wonder and educating folks on the history of San Mateo County. Folks will be able to see inside the new museum addition and be attracted to visit for the first time. We will also expand our offerings to even more than the 20,000 school kids we serve every year.
- John LaTorraBecome a Member Today
Board of Directors
A non-profit organization, the San Mateo County Historical Association is governed by a Board of Directors.
Chairman, Building Inspector
Chonita E. Cleary
Immediate Past Chairwoman, Managing Partner of Borel Estate Company
Tracy De Leuw
Vice Chairman, Engineer
Treasurer, Property Management
Retired, San Mateo Fire Department
Sandra McLellan Behling
Real Estate Management
Government Relations, PG&E
Burlingame Council Member
Proprietor, Credit Control Agency
Real Estate Investments
Retired San Mateo County Supervisor
Redwood City Fire Chief
Olivia Garcia Martinez
Commercial Real Estate
Retired Redwood City Council Member
Owner, Highway 92 Succulents
Joseph Welch III
Real Estate Management
President’s Advisory Committee
The President’s Advisory Committee provides input on the major projects of the San Mateo County Historical Association.
Arthur H. Bredenbeck
T. Jack Foster, Jr.
"The staff at the San Mateo County Historical Association encourages everyone who has an interest, question or concern about San Mateo County history to contact us. Making our local history meaningful to all is our most pressing desire."
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Archival Collections Specialist
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Development Specialist for Endowment & Capital Projects
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There is currently 1 employment opportunity with the San Mateo County Historical Association.
Woodside Store Site Manager
The site manager’s major responsibilities are to interpret the Woodside Store for the public and conduct hands-on education programs for 3rd and 4th grade classes. The 2.5 hour school program includes a slideshow on the history of the area, an object hunt in the store, and 1880s activities.
The site manager is also responsible for making sales at the gift shop, maintaining the interior of the building, keeping attendance and sales figures, and informing the deputy director of the needs and developing problems of the site. The site manager will work with other members of the Historical Association’s professional team on public programs as needed.
- High school diploma required. Some college experience preferred.
- Two years working experience, preferably with children.
- Public speaking, teaching or museum experience preferred.
- General knowledge of and/or interest in history of California and San Mateo County.
Traits, Skills and Abilities:
- Reliable and dependable.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with visitors, staff, volunteers and program participants (including adults and children).
- Ability to be flexible.
- Ability to provide an atmosphere that reinforces a positive environment for students.
- Requires a lot of time standing and walking and some bending.
- Include moving light furniture and program props. Will require lifting objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. During the school year when school programs are scheduled, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pay: $21-$23 per hour, depending on experience.
Location: Woodside Store, 3300 Tripp Road, Woodside
To Apply: E-mail a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The San Mateo County History Museum is an equal opportunity employer.
A background check will be performed.
An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the policy of SMCHA to provide all persons with equal employment practices and opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran or marital status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
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