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.
As a fifth generation resident, I am honored to represent the San Mateo County Historical Association, in our mission to contribute to the social and cultural history of San Mateo County.
- Chonita E. ClearyBecome a Member Today
Board of Directors
A non-profit organization, the San Mateo County Historical Association is governed by a Board of Directors.
Chonita E. Cleary
Chairwoman, Managing Partner of Borel Estate Company
Immediate Past Chairman, Financial Planner
Vice Chairman, Building Inspector
Treasurer, Property Management
Retired, San Mateo Fire Department
Owner, Redwood General Tire
Sandra McLellan Behling
Real Estate Management
San Mateo County Sheriff
Burlingame Council Member
Tracy De Leuw
Proprietor, Credit Control Agency
Head of Company, G.B. Consulting
Real Estate Investments
Olivia Garcia Martinez
Retired California State Assemblyman
Commercial Real Estate
Retired Redwood City Council Member
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.
Cynthia L. Schreurs
"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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Last updated: August 17, 2020
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Last updated: August 17, 2020
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The San Mateo County Historical Association is pleased to announce that it has been re-accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. A mark of following professional standards, we have maintained our accreditation since 1972. Currently, less than 5% of museums in the United States are accredited.