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

Bill Chiang
Government Relations, PG&E

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

Susan Lang
Marketing Consultant

Olivia Garcia Martinez
Education Administrator

Rick Mayerson
Financial Advisor

Karen McCown
School Founder

Bill Nicolet
Commercial Real Estate

Laura Peterhans,
Volunteer Representative

Barbara Pierce
Retired Redwood City Council Member

Jim Ruane
Specialty Construction

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 2 employment opportunities with the San Mateo County Historical Association.

Associate Education Director

Description:

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the Associate Education Director assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of the San Mateo County Historical Association’s education programs with the goal of enhancing the understanding and interpretation of its collections and resources and increasing public access to them. The programs may encompass school programs, public programs for adults and children, docent training, outreach programs, printed materials and educational interactives in exhibitions.  The Associate Education Director will work with staff and volunteers to meet the education goals of the organization’s strategic plan.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage interactive programs and tours for school groups (primarily 1st– 4th grade) and adult tours at the San Mateo County History Museum.  Duties include oversight of scheduling, supervising docents and organizing needed resources. As needed, the Associate Education Director will present programs and tours for all age levels.
  • Manage the Playing in the Past Duties include selecting books, organizing craft activities, assisting with publicity and presenting the program.
  • Help coordinate the Family Past Times program, a series of arts and crafts for children in family groups. Duties include creating craft activities, organizing materials, assisting with scheduling of volunteers, publicity and program evaluation.
  • Assist in coordinating the Courthouse Docket program, a monthly series of lectures and performances for adults. Duties include scheduling presenters, researching topics, assisting with publicity and program evaluation.
  • Work with the Deputy Director on 1-2 larger public programs each year at the History Museum.
  • Work with the Deputy Director on developing and implementing creative programs needed to fulfill the strategic goals of the organization. This could include working to establishing summer programs for youth, programs for adults and school and public programs related to new exhibits.
  • Assist with the training of volunteers.
  • Update the education pages of the organization’s website.
  • Working closely with Deputy Director and volunteers, provide a helpful environment for Museum visitors during tours and programs.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in museum studies (with a concentration in museum education), history or education with two years of experience in a museum education department or four years equivalent experience.
  • General knowledge of and/or interest in history of California and San Mateo County preferred.

Traits, Skills and Abilities:

  • Public speaking or teaching experience highly preferred.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with visitors, museum staff, volunteers and program participants (including adults and children).
  • Ability to be flexible while working in a busy, active public work environment.
  • Basic understanding of PC graphic design software.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural community. Fluency in Spanish is desirable.

Working Conditions:
Requires extended time working at a computer, standing, walking and some bending.

Will include moving light furniture and program props.  Will require lifting objects weighing up to 20 pounds.

Will need access to a car to move between Historical Association sites.

Status: Full-time.  Normal work schedule of Tuesday – Saturday. Occasional evening or holiday hours will be required.

Pay: $45,000-$55,000, 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.

The San Mateo County History Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

A background check will be performed.

Sánchez Adobe – Program Interpreter

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director and Sánchez Adobe Site Manager, the Program Interpreter helps lead educational, hands-on programs at the Sánchez Adobe Historic Site for fourth grade students and their chaperones during the school year. Programs are offered Monday-Friday. Hours on program days are 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. This position is on an as-needed basis during the school year (note, COVID protocols have led to changes in normal scheduling). In general, the Program Interpreter will work 18-23 hours per week during the school year.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Under the supervision of the Sánchez Adobe Site Manager, set-up and assist in presenting interactive programs and to fourth grade students at the Sánchez Adobe in Pacifica, CA.
  • Set-up for the hands-on activities, including preparing the mud pit used by the students in making mud bricks.
  • Provide instruction and minor supervision of chaperones running hands-on activities during the tours and programs.
  • Clean up after programs.
    Perform other duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma, some college preferred, and 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 while working in a busy, active public work environment.
  • Ability to provide an atmosphere that reinforces a positive environment for students.
  • Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural community. Fluency in Spanish language is desirable.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • 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.

Status: Part-time, On-call

Pay: $18 – $20 per hour, depending on experience.

Location: Sánchez Adobe Historic Site, 1000 Linda Mar Boulevard, CA  94044

 

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

Find out more about our volunteer opportunities or email us.

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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