Half Moon Bay History Association
Celebrating the Legacies of the Coastside
Everyone Welcome
Finger foods. Refreshments. friendly conversation
Next Meeting will be Tuesday,

March 6

"Portola Expedition and
First Contact with
Ohlone Native
5:30 PM  724 Kelly St.   HMB​
(The Portuguese Cultural Center)​
Business starts 6:00
History Program - about 6:20


​​​The Half Moon Bay History Association is pleased to present a program by
   Mitch Postel
President...   San Mateo County Historical Association​​

The Portola Expedition sights 
San Francisco Bay    1769​


Hear one of the most prominent voices of local history discus the first contact between the natives of the Coastside and the earliest land explorers from the European continent. This is the story of the Portolá Expedition – nearly 250 years ago. Spain sent this expedition on a path that passed within a few hundred feet of what are now the homes and businesses of the Coastside. This became a pivotal moment in California history.

The Half Moon Bay History Association is pleased to present a program on March 6 focused on the Portola Expedition of 1769.

Authorized by Spain to confirm its claim to the coast, Portola’s group of soldiers, friars and servants were the first Europeans to visit California and meet the Ohlone people, among others.

The three diarists on the expedition, Crespi, Costanzo, and Portola himself, described what they saw each day, providing an extraordinary glimpse of what life was like at that time.

After camping at the mouths of Purisima and Pilarcitos Creeks and in Moss Beach, Portola climbed Montara Mountain and soon “discovered” San Francisco Bay. The story of the Portolá Expedition tells us a great deal about early California history.

Our speaker, Mitchell P. Postel, is President of the San Mateo County Historical Association and has served as its Director since 1984.

He says that “In many ways California History pivots with this episode, “adding that “in 2019, we will be observing the 250th anniversary of the event, with special exhibits and educational programs.”

He is an important part of the leadership of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors’ efforts to create the Ohlone Portola Heritage Trail. That trail project will be tracing Portola’s route as closely as possible and linking the highlands to the coast.

Please join us for another fun and interesting history program. Bring friends and meet new friends!