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June 5, 2007 > History Awards

History Awards

By Mona Shah

On Friday evening, June 8, the Hayward Area Historical Society will, for the eighth year, present its History Awards. Juxtaposed with the backdrop of a speakeasy, the museum's next temporary exhibit on Prohibition opening June 16, Executive Director Jim DeMersman presented black marble obelisks to this year's recipients. Those receiving this year's tribute were chosen by the staff and Board of Directors of the Hayward Area Historical Society.

"This event honors those individuals and organizations that are doing exceptional work in the preservation of our history, the built environment and our community culture", said Executive Director Jim DeMersman. "There were so many possibilities for recipients that it was difficult to select this year's winners. The wonderful thing is that we have many years to acknowledge the others who have and who are making contributions in Hayward, Castro Valley and San Lorenzo."

2007 award recipients are:

Edward Stout, of Hayward for the adaptive reuse, superb restoration and maintenance job of the Osterloh House that he owns on Hesperian Boulevard

R. Zaballos & Sons of Hayward for their long time commitment to the building of the Hayward area community

I.D.E.S. for their efforts in the preservation of Portuguese culture and traditions in the Hayward area

The John Sandoval Award was awarded to Nels Nelson, a former Hayward High history teacher for his efforts on behalf of local history in the Hayward area.

For the first time, the Board and staff felt it was appropriate to add an Education Award to honor those doing an exemplary job working with students to foster an appreciation of local history. This award will be shared this year by Susie Bellone and Dandel Cano from Vannoy Elementary School in Castro Valley and Michelle Bonnin of Grant Elementary in San Lorenzo. All three teachers have been working closely with the Historical Society over the past eight years to improve educational programs.

The historical society awards were initiated in 2000 by the Hayward Area Historical Society to honor significant contributions of people and agencies working to preserve historical and cultural resources of the Hayward area.

For further information, contact Jim DeMersman, Executive Director at (510) 581-0223 or online at jim@haywardareahistory.org.

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