Land of Opportunity

Grand Re-Opening Event

On Saturday, June 29 from 12 - 3:30 p.m., the History Museum will celebrate the reopening of its permanent exhibit, Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County. The unveiling will be a free event which will feature family friendly activities and refreshments. There will be a ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m. 


Entertainment in the History Museum Rotunda:

12:15 p.m.   Drum Revolution Japanese Taiko Drums

1:00 p.m.     Accordion music from the Peninsula Italian American Social Club

1:30 p.m.     Casa Círculo​ Cultural traditional Mexican dancers

2:00 p.m.     Irish fiddler Ayden Graham

2:30 p.m.    Filipino Kulintang music by Kulintang Dialect

3:00 p.m.    Rising Phoenix Lion Dance Association sponsored by the San Mateo County API Caucus


12:00-3:00 p.m.    The Peninsula Italian American Social Club will demonstrate and organize Bocce Ball games in the Museum’s historic Courtroom A.

Food and Drink

Available while supplies last.

Lemonade, sweet tea and punch from the African American community

 Irish Soda Bread

 Spring Rolls from the Organization of Chinese Americans

 A taste of food from the Peninsula Italian American Social Club

Exhibit Additions

New components of the Gallery will include stories about the migration of people from other states--not just other countries.  This enables the Museum to include African American accounts from the Great Migration, which took place between World War I and 1970.  A new computer kiosk entitled “Tell Us Your Story” will allow all visitors to the Museum the opportunity to add their own family’s experience about coming to California to the exhibition.  Another kiosk will act to document discrimination on the Peninsula.

Major funding for the renovation came from San Mateo County (a Measure K grant through Supervisor Warren Slocum), the Bothin Foundation and Umang and Ruth Gupta.