NEWSLETTER. From the Half Moon Bay History Association Autumn 2021 newsletter ~ “Coastside Chronicles”.
We have exciting updates for you this month. Our local contractor, Jamie Verdura, began the challenge of building our beautiful new museum out of the historic barn/garage in July, and has made significant progress. His team has found some great examples of older construction nails, and we look forward to displaying them in the museum in 2021. We are very grateful to Jamie for his dedication to preserving as much of the original material and appearance as possible in our new state-of-the-art museum.
In addition to using recycled wood where possible, the new museum will feature green technology that includes solar panels to provide all power.
We were fortunate to receive a donation of commemorative coins of the Ocean Shore Railroad from Linda and Peter Kroosz. The Education Team plans to show them to third-grade classes when COVID-19 restrictions allow, to encourage discussion of our Coastside transportation history.
Our wonderful docents are back at work keeping the jail museum open. We’re open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2p.m.—longer, if docents are available. We’re also open the first Thursday of each month from 4 to 6p.m (through November), as part of the monthly Make It Main Street event.
April 19, Half Moon Bay, California. The Half Moon Bay History Association (HMBHA) has received all permits to begin construction of a state-of-the-art museum behind the old town jail at 503 Johnston Street.
The land, leased from the City of Half Moon Bay, includes a large building with century-old origins. An entirely new building will be built inside the old structure, while keeping the original historic exterior. Construction will begin immediately, and is expected to last twelve months. The new museum will meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, and will include solar panels and LED lighting.
HMBHA has secured an agreement with Weldon Exhibits, the Bay Area’s nationally renowned designers and fabricators of museum exhibits. Weldon will work closely with HMBHA to create static and interactive experiences about all things historical on the Half Moon Bay Coastside. Weldon will construct exhibits offsite while the new museum is being built.
News and updates will be posted on the History Association’s website: halfmoonbayhistory.org.
For more information, please contact:
Museum Project Manager, HMB History Association
Communications Manager, HMB History Association