PRESS RELEASE. From the Half Moon Bay Coastside History Association, sponsored by the City of Half Moon Bay.
Dear friends and neighbors of the historic Half Moon Bay:
The Half Moon Bay History Association sends you greetings and pleased to share some exciting news with you.
We are very proud to announce that the hard work of our organization, supported by our tireless volunteers and generous benefactors, has brought us to one of our primary goals: we will soon begin construction on our new full scale museum at 505 Johnson Street. This state of the art facility will be a permanent showpiece to show the world what makes our community so special while educating visitors on how the Half Moon Bay Coastside came to be.
Effective immediately, the property should be considered a “hot zone.” Construction efforts have commented at the first stage. While the first stage is mostly planning, all types of workers will be frequently performing tasks of all kinds. Sensitive measurements and construction equipment may be in place at any time beginning today. As such, we are required by our insurance to strictly enforce a closed environment on the premises. We ask that you aid us, in this necessary measure, by asking your guests and visitors to refrain from entering any part of the property. We know many folks will be curious of the daily progress– we will be, too–but, for the sake of safety, all of us must be patient and keep our distance. The contractors must have absolute and complete control of the premises until the project is complete.
If you are a neighbor with a common lot line with 505 Johnson Street, and need to schedule access for the means of maintaining your own property, please call construction manager, Dave Olson at 650–387 3618. Otherwise, please stay tuned to the Half Moon Bay History Association website (www.halfmoonabyhistory.org) and social media pages where we will be providing regular updates, pictures, and videos of the development as it happens. Please protect the safety of our workers as well those of your guests by helping us keep this property closed to all unauthorized visitors. We look forward to welcoming you to our grand opening soon.
President, Half Moon Bay History Association
Half Moon Bay History Association
Our mission is to preserve, teach, and celebrate the history of the San Mateo Coastside for all in our community. We hold free speaker events on local history topics, provide an education program to all schools in the area, and record oral histories to preserve the stories of the coast. Construction on our new Museum will start in July 2021.
The Coastside History Museum in the Jail at 505 Johnston St has reopened Saturday and Sunday with limited hours (usually 12-2). Masks are optional for fully vaccinated visitors, otherwise masks are required. As part of Make It Main Street, it will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month.
We offer Coastside history videos to students, teachers and history buffs, and serve as a resource for anyone with questions about the history of this unique region. We are about to start construction of our Coastside History Museum in the old barn behind the jail. We welcome new members, and donations to support our programs. We very much rely on volunteers as docents, for research, and our other activities; more details here.
Museum construction has started! The Founder and Board Members of the Half Moon Bay History Association, City Council Members, and City staff attended the ground breaking ceremony on July 8, 2021.
The Half Moon Bay History Association has begun construction of the museum behind the old jail (current museum) at 503 Johnston Street.
A new interior will be built inside the old garage (“barn”) structure, while keeping the original historic exterior and most of the structural components of the 1926 building, as well as the newer foundation.
Construction is expected to complete in December 2021. The new museum will meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, and will include solar panels and LED lighting.
Exhibits will include both interactive exhibits and displays of artifacts about all things historical on the Half Moon Bay Coastside.