Half Moon Bay History Association
Celebrating the Legacies of the Coastside
THINKING ABOUT OUR LOCAL MUSEUM!
The Association has been working on the possibility of developing a Local Coastside History Museum.
Currently there is a small "History Room" in the Zaballa House (326 Main Street) with a diorama representing Half Moon Bay as it was in 1861.
One example of the models . . .
Our Coastside certainly deserves to join so many other small communities that make a genuine effort to preserve and display their history.
This Coastside community has played important roles directly or in reflection of almost every significant event in California history. These passages should be explained and celebrated.
A serious community museum would likely approach two thousand square feet of display. More space for education, library, meetings, archives, and administration.
Preliminary thinking suggests a capital budget of less than five hundred thousand dollars to develop the c1911 Jail and the c1877 Barn.
We wait only for the City of HMB to agree that this is a good use of its real estate. the deed was given to the city on the condition that it be used for historical purposes. We want to help them use it to celebrate our rich history with locals and visitors.
The Miramontes Adobe
Guadalupe Briones de Miramontes home in Half Moon Bay
NW Corner, Mill and Johnston Sts.
(Represented in HMBHA Diorama Project)
WE THINK WE MAY HAVE A BETTER IDEA !
The old c1911 jail joined by a glass atrium with
the c1877 Johnston Barn behind it (503 Johnston St.)
Develop in phases by opening in small steps.
We are exploring the use of the old (c1877) Johnston Barn (about 1400 square feet) and the c1911 jail (about 400 square feet).
The properties belong to the city of HMB, reducing the need for purchase or rent, if the the city can help. [But nothing is as simple as it seems! We are hoping that City Hall will be persuaded that we can make this museum work for the community.]
We could develop the displays in steps, reducing the impact of major cost before opening doors.
We need to begin ...
- Strategic planning
- Explore real estate
- Address fund raising opportunities
- Acquire more artifacts for display
- Develop a docent, volunteer, and administrative staffing plan
CAN YOU HELP?
CONTACT US (SEE THE "CONTACT US" PAGE ON THE BAR ABOVE)
OR MEET WITH US
CALL... PRESIDENT DAVE C.
AT (650) 726-4468