History Museum Grand Reopening
Facility Opens to the Public August 29th
The San Leandro History Museum, located at 320 West Estudillo Ave., is reopening its doors to the public beginning on Thursday, August 29th.
The History Museum will be open from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and the first Saturday of each month from 11am-3pm beginning in October. School tours also are offered to local third and fourth grade classes on Thursday and Friday mornings.
To schedule a school tour, please contact Mary Beth Barloga or Addie Silveira at (510) 577-3991. For questions about the History Museum, please call (510) 577-3990. The complete Museum schedule can also be found on www.sanleandrolibrary.org through the "quick links."
San Leandro is also home to many other historical facilities and amenities, which together contribute towards a rich cultural heritage, including:
- The Portuguese Fraternal Society of America, headquartered at 1120 E. 14th Street, includes a library of Portuguese books and a small museum dedicated to the history of Portuguese immigrants in San Leandro
- The Alta Mira Club, located at 561 Lafayette Ave. This historic structure was constructed in 1860 for Ygnacio Peralta, one of the four brothers who settled on the Spanish land grant known as Rancho San Antonio. The Alta Mira Women's Club saved the home from destruction when they purchased it in 1926, and it still serves as their clubhouse today.
- History Room at the San Leandro Library, located at 300 Estudillo Avenue. The San Leandro History Room has an impressive collection of books and materials on California and local history, including more than 7,000 books, maps, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and other documents related to the history of San Leandro.
- The Helen Lawrence Building, located at 835 East 14th Street. This building is dedicated to Helen Lawrence, San Leandro’s mayor from 1941 until 1944. A trail blazer in her day, she was San Leandro’s first female mayor and also one of the country’s first Portuguese mayors.
- The Washington Manor Sign, located at the corner of Manor Boulevard and Farnsworth Street. This historic sign was recently restored and re-illuminated for the first time in over 30 years, on May 24, 2013.
- The Best Building, located at East 14th St. & Estudillo Ave. Built in 1910 by Daniel Best to house the San Leandro Bank, this white terra cotta-faced building with classic revival ornamentation provides a classic example of business buildings constructed at the turn of the century.
- Historic Bridge over San Leandro Creek, located on East 14th Street, near the intersection of Hays Street. Constructed in 1901, this bridge provides a classic example of a concrete arch bridge.
- San Leandro History Walk. Those who wish to see firsthand any of San Leandro’s many cultural and historical icons are encouraged to explore the self-guided history walk. More information can be found online at www.sanleandro.org/about/hw.asp.