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June 24, 2014 > Got some history in your future?

Got some history in your future?

By Linda-Robin Craig

Local history gets a breath of new life when the Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) opens the doors to their Center for History and Culture. The Grand Opening Gala kicks off the festivities on Wednesday, June 25 with music, culinary delights, specialty cocktails, traveling dessert carts, an espresso bar, and fundraising auction and raffle opportunities. A ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 28, followed by a full day of activities, officially welcomes the community to the new museum.

Expansion of the space began three years ago when the HAHS board of directors approved the purchase of a block of buildings on Foothill Boulevard that would give them additional space necessary for their museum, galleries, offices and community activities. According to AT Stephens, Executive Director of HAHS, For us, the priority for renewal was the basement, so we could expand our collections; that had to be number one, then we grew the new Center from there.

Celebration of the new Center includes outdoor and indoor entertainment, including open house tours, kidsÕ activities, a fashion show, a humorous history play, and music by Billy London and the Lucky Dice. A museum-wide open house will be held Sunday, June 29. Admission for the opening weekend is free.

ÒThe HAHS was founded in 1956 to celebrate and preserve the shared history and culture of what was once Eden Township,Ó says Stephens. ÒThe Board of Directors, staff and volunteers have worked several years and long hours to assure that the foundersÕ original notions of mutual interest and curiosity about the areaÕs history resonate with everyone who visits here.Ó

The new Center for History and Culture will feature four galleries: the History Gallery, Community Gallery, Special Gallery, and ChildrenÕs Gallery. Tales illustrating the history of community members is found in Your Story, the inaugural exhibit in the History Gallery told through residentÕs own words. The Community Gallery is a modular space where anyone can host an exhibition, program or social event. The Special Gallery is a place for the Historical Society to focus on topics related to the Hayward area, the greater East Bay community, and California history in more detail through rotating exhibits. The ChildrenÕs Gallery is a fun, hands-on learning space where young visitors can explore re-creations of Hayward Hotel, Holmes Grocery Store, a cannery, and the natural environment.

In addition to galleries, the Center features a research archive where local references, maps, and a variety of materials documenting the history and lore of the Hayward area are accessible. Opening soon is The Cannery Cafˇ, where friends can gather in a comfortable space that offers a culinary-driven menu featuring the creations of Blue Heron Catering.

On Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. kids can peddle up a smoothie on the Smoothie Bike, and take part in crafts including henna art, glitter tattoos, and face painting. Tennison Farm will offer tastings of local honey, and an antique Hayward Fire Department truck will be exhibited from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Indoors there will be limited capacity tours of collections from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. At 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. research and archives tours will be offered; the Hayward Arts Council will give demonstrations and tours in the Foothill Gallery.

The Grand Opening is sponsored by California State University East Bay, Wells Fargo, Buffalo Bills, and UBS Financial.

Center for History and Culture Grand Opening
Saturday Jun 28 & Sunday, Jun 29
10 a.m. Ð 6 p.m.
Center for History and Culture
22380 Foothill Blvd, Hayward
(510) 581-0223
www.haywardareahistory.org
Free


Saturday activities schedule:

11:00 a.m.: Ling WangÕs Chinese dance studio
11:45 a.m.: Youth Orchestra of Southern Alameda County
12:30 p.m.: UntalanÕs Martial Arts Center
1:15 p.m.: Dance with Mario
2: 00 p.m.: Groupo Folklorico Talapilla
2:45 p.m.: Nani and FriendsÕ Polynesian group
3:30 p.m.: Wadaiko Newark Art of Japanese Taiko drumming
4:30 p.m.: Billy London and Lucky Dice

In the Special Gallery:
11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.: ÒHeart of the Bay,Ó a humorous history play by Linda Amayo-Hassan reviewing Hayward area history from the time of the Ohlone Indians, through the Spanish missions and into the 20th century.
12:30 p.m.: Edwin Contreras presents a lecture on Guillermo Castro covering the time of Spanish rule during CastroÕs tenure in Hayward and after he left.
2:00 p.m.: Fashion show featuring historic costumes.

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