Courthouse Docket

Notable Women in San Mateo County

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  THIS ACTION IS ALIGNED WITH RECOMMENDATIONS TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.

On Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m., the Courthouse Docket continues with a presentation by the Museum Auxiliary in honor of Women's History Month. The seventh in their series of dramas featuring notable women in San Mateo County history, this year the focus is on women who supported the arts and culture in San Mateo County’s past.

Reenactors will be representing various notable women including: Kate Birdsall Johnson (1834-1893), a Menlo Park philanthropist; Gertrude Atherton (1857-1948), author of novels, shorts stories and essays; Leonora Armsby (1874-1962), president of the San Francisco Symphony and the Philharmonic Society of San Mateo County; Margaret Pauline Brown (1875-1959), a Colma teacher; Sybil Easterday (1876-1961), a painter and sculptor from Tunitas Creek; Mary Margaret Anderson (1926-2019), a Menlo Park art collector and philanthropist who donated the Anderson Collection at Stanford; and Arabella Decker, a Half Moon Bay painter. During the play, they will be interviewed by Willa Okker Iverson, a reporter from the County's past. 

The play was written by Marie Hotz, a member of the Museum Auxiliary. Other
Auxiliary members are reenactors portraying the notable women. The Museum
Auxiliary started in 1961 as a group of six women trained to be docents at the
History Museum. Today, the Museum Auxiliary is open to all volunteers at the History
Museum. The group holds meetings the first Tuesday of every month. Members of
the Auxiliary act as gallery monitors, care for the Millie Collection of Vintage Clothing,
assist with mailings, volunteer in the Archives and more.

The reenactment is free for members. A reception will follow the program.

Upcoming:

DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS WE ARE POSTPONING OUR APRIL AND MAY PROGRAMS.  WE PLAN TO RESCHEDULE THEM FOR LATER THIS YEAR. 

Sponsored By:

The Courthouse Docket is a monthly series of presentations held in the History Museum's Historic Courtroom A. The Courthouse Docket Series is sponsored by Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.