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Visiting the pyramids

Visiting the pyramids

Patterson House

Patterson House

The Marks Center for Local and California History is pleased to host a special exhibit on loan from the Patterson House at Ardenwood Historic Farm.

The exhibit is open for viewing on the second floor of the Fremont Main Library through the end of October.

Presentation on Mon. Sept. 22 @ 7 p.m. Fukaya Room

Fremont Main Library

2400 Stevenson Blvd.

Fremont, CA


Clara Patterson

Clara Patterson

Clara was born in Alvarado in 1853. With her first husband, George Washington       Patterson, and their two sons, she managed one of the largest ranches in Alameda   County. Their home at Ardenwood can still be visited.

Clara at the Palace of Athens, Greece

Clara at the Palace of Athens, Greece

 In recent research, Patterson House   Manager Christie Dentry uncovered   the story of Clara’s trip to the Holy   Land in 1900 with her second   husband, Dr. Layson. Using her diaries, photographs and letters, Through the Lens of Clara Patterson provides a unique and intimate picture of world travel circa 1900.

Patterson House Manager Christie Dentry will give a presentation about Clara Patterson and the discoveries made about her travels at a special meeting of the Washington Township Historical Society on Monday, Sept.22 at 7 p.m. In the Fukaya Room at the Fremont Main Library.

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warmsprings_coverWarm Springs, Fremont is the latest offering in Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America  series. Local authors, Philip Holmes and Patricia Wipfli Schaffarczyk, are historians at the Museum of Local History in Fremont. Together they have assembled the best images from the collections to tell the story of the once-tiny village of Warm Springs and nearby Drawbridge. This pictorial history boasts more than 200 vintage images and provides readers with a unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that shaped their community.

Join us at the Fremont Main Library on Saturday April 6th between 10 and 2:00 to learn more about this unique segment of Fremont’s history, meet the authors, and get your signed copy of the book.

The Museum of Local History is also hosting an exhibit of photographs and epherma related to Warm Springs in the Maurice Marks display room on the second floor of the Fremont Main Library. The exhibit is available during the library’s open hours through the middle of April.

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Have you ever been wondering what life was like back to 200+ years ago?  In conjunction with the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail exhibition which is currently on display at the 2nd floor of the Fremont Main Library, National Park Service will present an interactive children’s program that includes storytelling and activities on the role of children in the Anza expedition.

  • Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2001
  • Time: 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Location: Fukaya Room B

Please come to join us for a journey that will take us back into the history!

The exhibition at the 2nd floor of the Local History area will run through September 15.

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Anza National Historic Trail Logo

On October 23, 1775, some 240 men, women and children left Tubac, Sonora to follow Juan Bautista de Anza in an effort to forge an overland route to the San Francisco bay and establish a settlement there. The journey was arduous. It took nearly five months to travel the 1,210 miles some on horseback, some on foot. These families became the first colonists of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Fremont Main Library is hosting a special exhibit from the National Park Service about the Anza Expedition and the  Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

The exhibit, located on the second floor of the library next to the Maurice Marks Center for Local and California History, commemorates the story of the 1775-1776 Spanish Expedition whose members, consisting of some 30 families, made the trek from Sonora to Alta California. They founded and established the Mission and Presidio of San Francisco, the Mission in Santa Clara and the Pueblo of San José. Most settled in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The exhibit also features the Galindo-Higuera Adobe, a local landmark along the trail with ties to the Anza Expedition. Artifacts, photographs and a slide-show courtesy of the Museum of Local History round out the display.

The Washington Township Historical Society was instrumental in bringing this special exhibit to Fremont. The exhibit opened on July 25th with a presentation by NPS Ranger Steven Ross and will be available to view through September 15.

Read more about it: The Anza Trail – Tri-City Voice July 22, 2011

Web de Anza – primary source documents and multimedia resources

and Books from the library collection several of these are housed next to the display and are available for check-out.

Stop by next time you visit the library!

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Exploring , it is what the curious mind does. It can be in nature, on a city street , in a book , on a computer. It is how we learn. All of our summer reading programs have the theme of exploring this year. Today I learned about a new program here in Fremont, The Wonderopolis Challenge. This event, sponsored by The National Center for Family Literacy ,encourages families to explore the wonders of Fremont. Complete 3 of the 6 challenges and your family will be eligible to win a trip to Washington , D. C.

Check it out and explore!

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Hot off the press!

We are pleased to announce a “Meet the Authors”  book launch on Saturday March 5 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Fukaya meeting room.

Centerville, Fremont is the third “Images of America” title on Fremont’s history written by Philip Holmes and Jill M. Singleton. The earlier volumes, Niles, Fremont, and Irvington, Fremont, have been extremely popular and we look forward to this newest addition.

Phil and Jill have used the rich resources of the Museum of Local History to assemble the best images to relate the story of Centerville, once a tiny township and now a vital part of Fremont.

Meet the authors and get your personal autographed copy. Books will be $20 each including tax. This is roughly $5 off the bookstore price.

Save the date!

Saturday March 5, 10 a.m. in the Fukaya Room at the Fremont Main Library.

Additional appearances:

2 p.m., Saturday, February 19 at the Centerville Train Depot, Fremont Blvd near Peralta.

6 p.m.,  Monday, March 28 at the Museum of Local History, 160 Anza Street.

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Tour de Niles

You live in Fremont, maybe you work in Fremont.  You might go to school in Fremont.  But what do  you  know  about  Fremont? Recently,  some local Girl Scouts (  Coyote  hills and Chabot Service Units) put together an historic walking/biking tour of one small part of fremont — the Niles District . Learn about the historic nursery, the old film studio, or other tidbits of Niles hitory . Go here to read about the project, download the podcast or print out a brochure. The grab your bike or put on your sneakers and learn a little bit about the town where you live.

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