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September 25, 2012 > Bringing Castro Valley history to you

Bringing Castro Valley history to you

Submitted By Myron Freedman

The history of Castro Valley will "pop-up" for one day in a free and fun event! The Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) in partnership with David Ashton of the CV Legends Facebook community and Heather Mellon, social media consultant and Castro Valley resident, announce the "Castro Valley Pop-Up Museum" on Saturday, September 29. The "pop-up" is a free, one-day event, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 3324 Village Drive. (The former Jordan's Bookstore location) in Castro Village. The goal of the project is to celebrate the history of Castro Valley and encourage pride in and conversations about the community.

The pop-up concept - a short-term event or business set up in a temporary or untraditional space, is not new, but adapting the idea to a history museum is. All the elements of a traditional museum - interpretive exhibits, interactivity, and lectures - are being brought to the community. Not only does the community get to see and learn a bit more about their town, but they can participate in and contribute to the historical record. Know someone in a photograph displayed? Write the person's name down so they can be added to the HAHS records. Have an object or photo that should have been in the show? Tell HAHS about it so they know what Castro Valley residents want to see in the future.

Most unique of all, HAHS is setting up a scanning station where the public can contribute to the history of Castro Valley. Bring in your family's Castro Valley photos of parades, houses, picnics, school functions, and family gatherings. HAHS will scan your photos, fill out a quick form, and the digital copies of the photos become a part of the HAHS collection. As curator Diane Curry says, "Since HAHS covers the entire area as part of our mission, community contributed photos will help us tell even more stories about Castro Valley. The stories you want to see."

A special lecture by the HAHS curator on the history of Castro Valley will be at noon followed at 3 p.m. by a roundtable discussion of all things Castro Valley from CV Legends.

All those involved with the Castro Valley Pop-Up Museum wish to give a special thank you to Crosspoint Realty Services, Inc. and Castro Valley Rotary Club for helping make this event happen.

For more information call (510) 581-0223 or visit

Castro Valley Pop-Up Museum
Saturday, Sept 29
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3324 Village Drive, Castro Valley
(510) 581-0223

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