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.

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.

Chairman's Message

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 LaTorra

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Board of Directors

A non-profit organization, the San Mateo County Historical Association is governed by a Board of Directors.

John LaTorra
Chairman, Building Inspector

Chonita E. Cleary
Immediate Past Chairwoman, Managing Partner of Borel Estate Company

Tracy De Leuw
Vice Chairman, Engineer

Dee Eva
Secretary, Realtor

Christine Williams
Treasurer, Property Management

Jennifer Acheson

Thomas Ames
Retired, San Mateo Fire Department

Keith Bautista
Retired Engineer

Sandra McLellan Behling
Real Estate Management

John Blake

Joe Carcione

Bill Chiang
Government Relations, PG&E

Donna Colson
Burlingame Council Member

Shawn DeLuna
Proprietor, Credit Control Agency

Dee Eva

Greg Galli
Real Estate Investments

Ray Iverson
Redwood City Fire Chief

Wally Jansen
Volunteer Representative

Kathy Kopf

Susan Lang
Marketing Consultant

Olivia Garcia Martinez
Education Administrator

Rick Mayerson
Financial Advisor

Bill Nicolet
Commercial Real Estate

Mike O’Neill

Barbara Pierce
Retired Redwood City Council Member

Jim Ruane
Specialty Construction

John Shroyer

Therese Smith
Owner, Highway 92 Succulents

Joseph Welch III
Real Estate Management

William Wessell
Volunteer Representative

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

T. Jack Foster, Jr.
Douglas Keyston

Mike Paioni
Patrick Ryan

Mitch Postel, President of SMCHA

Mitch Postel


"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


Debra Peterson
Archival Collections Specialist
650.299.0104, ext. 222


Susan Smith
650.299.0104, ext. 225


Dana Neitzel
650.299.0104, ext. 230


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


Carmen Blair
Deputy Director
650.299.0104, ext. 233

Tiffany Anderson
Program Interpreter,

Elaine Kauffman
Program Interpreter,

Carrie Welter
Program Interpreter,


Ed Collins
Facilities Manager
650.299.0104, ext. 232

Front Desk and Gift Shop

Liz Gardner
Admissions Coordinator
650.299.0104, ext. 220

Anna Moody
Admissions Coordinator
650.299.0104, ext. 220


Susan Smith
Event Coordinator
650.299.0104, ext. 225

Sanchez Adobe

Becky Christ
Site Manager

Elizabeth Lonergan
Tour Assistant

Charlyne Smith
Site Manager

Woodside Store

Carrie Welter
Site Manager

There is currently 1 employment opportunities with the San Mateo County Historical Association.

Associate Curator


Under the supervision of the Curator and Deputy Director, the Associate Curator will help manage the three-dimensional collection of the San Mateo County Historical Association. In cooperation with staff, outside exhibit professionals and community members, the Associate Curator will develop and install exhibits pertaining to San Mateo County history. The Associate Curator will work with staff and volunteers to meet the curatorial goals of the organization’s strategic plan.


Education and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in museum studies, history or archaeology with two years of experience in a museum curatorial department or equivalent experience.
  • Experience designing and installing exhibits.
  • Familiarity with the handling of a variety of materials from textiles to horse-drawn vehicles is especially valuable.
  • General knowledge of and/or interest in history of California and San Mateo County preferred.

Traits, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of collections management principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Able to work in a team environment and establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other staff, volunteers and the community members.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to be flexible while working in a busy work environment.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proficient with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Knowledgeable about PastPerfect.
  • Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural community.


Working Conditions:

  • Requires time working at a computer.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, reach, crouch, climb ladders and lift up to 40 pounds to retrieve and store artifacts.
  • Will need a driver’s license and access to a car to move between Historical Association sites.

Status: Full-time.  Normal work schedule of Monday-Friday. Some weekend, evening or holiday hours might be required.

Pay: $25 – $31.25 per hour, commensurate with experience.  Includes health benefits.

Location: Majority of time at San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, CA  94063.


To Apply: E-mail a resume and cover letter to jobs@historysmc.org.

A background check will be performed.

Find out more about our volunteer opportunities or email us.

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.

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