The City of San Leandro is dedicated to providing for the identification, designation, protection, enhancement, perpetuation, and use of historical resources that contribute to San Leandro's historical, architectural, archaeological, cultural and aesthetic heritage.
The Casa Peralta is the City of San Leandro's historic house museum. Three descendants of the original land grant of Rancho San Antonio lived in the Casa. The home was remodeled in 1926 as a grand Spanish-style villa with hand-painted tiles imported from Spain that tell the story of Don Quixote.
The San Leandro Historic Preservation Ordinances helps preserve our local history by protecting buildings with historic value. Our community benefits from the special qualities of those historic buildings and focus attention on the unique historical aspects of San Leandro.
The History Museum tells the story of San Leandro. Wall murals and life-size portraits set the scene for exhibits. A timeline of San Leandro begins with the first people, the Ohlone/Costanoan Indians, and follows the changes through Spanish/Mexican California, the Gold Rush, the beginnings of a new American town, and the developments of the 20th Century through World War II. Concept exhibits include People from Many Lands, Oysters and the Bayshore, and Agriculture and Industry.
The History Room explores the treasures and stories of our past at the Main Library. This special collection contains more than 7,000 books on California and San Leandro history, over 2,500 historic photographs of San Leandro, documents from the City of San Leandro, and a variety of pamphlets, newspaper clippings and maps.
San Leandro Public Library
The San Leandro Public Library has been serving its community since 1906. During those years, the library has occupied several different buildings, the last three on the library's current site. To learn more about the library's impressive history, click on this link: 100th Anniversary Handout 2.pdf