Mission:

To inspire wonder and discovery through education about the cultural and natural history of San Mateo County.

History

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.

Activities Today

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.

Chairwoman's Message

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. Cleary

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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

Mark Jamison
Immediate Past Chairman, Financial Planner

John LaTorra
Vice Chairman, Building Inspector

John Blake
Secretary, Attorney

Christine Williams
Treasurer, Property Management

Jennifer Acheson
Attorney

Thomas Ames
Retired, San Mateo Fire Department

Alpio Barbara
Owner, Redwood General Tire

Keith Bautista
Retired Engineer

Sandra McLellan Behling
Real Estate Management

Carlos Bolanos
San Mateo County Sheriff

Russ Castle
Insurance Agent

Donna Colson
Burlingame Council Member

Tracy De Leuw
Engineer

Shawn DeLuna
Proprietor, Credit Control Agency

Dee Eva
Realtor

Dani Gasparini
Head of Company, G.B. Consulting

Greg Galli
Real Estate Investments

Wally Jansen
Volunteer Representative

Olivia Garcia Martinez
Education Administrator

Rick Mayerson
Financial Advisor

Karen McCown
School Founder

Gene Mullin
Retired California State Assemblyman

Bill Nicolet
Commercial Real Estate

Laura Peterhans,
Volunteer Representative

Barbara Pierce
Retired Redwood City Council Member

John Shroyer
Realtor

Richard Shu
Attorney

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.

Paul Barulich
Arthur H. Bredenbeck
David Canepa

John Clinton
T. Jack Foster, Jr.
Umang Gupta
Douglas Keyston

Mike Paioni
Patrick Ryan
Cynthia L. Schreurs

Mitch Postel, President of SMCHA

Mitch Postel

President

"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."

Email | 650.299.0104, ext. 226

Carmen Blair, Deputy Director of SMCHA

Carmen Blair

Deputy Director

Email | 650.299.0104, ext. 233

Archives

Debra Peterson
Archival Collections Specialist
650.299.0104, ext. 222

Business

Susan Smith
Bookkeeper
650.299.0104, ext. 225

Curatorial

Dana Neitzel
Curator
650.299.0104, ext. 230

Development

Kaia Eakin
Development Specialist for Endowment & Capital Projects
650.299.0104, ext. 229

Sarah Phelps
Development Associate
650.299.0104, ext. 224

Angela Truong
Development Associate
650.299.0104, ext. 228

Education

Carmen Blair
Deputy Director
650.299.0104, ext. 233

Dawn Distasio
Associate Education Director
650.299.0104, ext. 231

Audrey Bojack
Program Interpreter
650.299.0104

Elizabeth Crowley
Program Interpreter
650.299.0104

Elaine Kauffman
Program Interpreter,
650.299.0104

Facilities

Ed Collins
Facilities Manager
650.299.0104, ext. 232

Front Desk and Gift Shop

Elizabeth Silva
Admissions Coordinator
650.299.0104, ext. 220

Marcia Dempsey
Admissions Coordinator
650.299.0104

Rentals

Susan Smith
Event Coordinator
650.299.0104, ext. 225

Sanchez Adobe

Becky Christ
Site Manager
650.359.1462

Charlyne Smith
Site Manager
650.359.1462

Woodside Store

Elizabeth Crowley
Site Manager
650.851.7615

Marilyn Murphy
Site Manager
650.851.7615

There are currently no employment opportunities with the museum.

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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.

Last updated: August 17, 2020

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Accreditation

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.

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