About Us

Mission: To inspire wonder and discovery of 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. Discover more SMCHA history.

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


The San Mateo County Historial Association is pleased to announce that it has been reaccredited 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.