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San Mateo County to Celebrate 165 Years with Various Activities

Pamela Cruz. Peninsula 360 Press [P360P].

San Mateo is about to celebrate 165 years of tradition and culture, so the County Historical Association has announced that it will hold the first annual "Happy San Mateo County Day."

"Happy San Mateo County Day" will feature online activities. Historical Association President Mitch Postel will present a webinar for adults about the county's beginning on Wednesday, May 12, at 3 p.m.

In order to access the seminar, interested persons may register through the following web link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/9016071096403/WN_-4sRa-YWQ3iUDRK8WjSlhA.

The seminar titled "Legacy of Corruption" will give a tour of county politics, for while, today, San Mateo County politics are clean and docile, when the county was first formed in 1856, things were dirty and wild. 

"Exactly 165 years earlier, the polls were open and the county's first elections were taking place. A group of shrewd San Francisco politicians, in league with criminal gangs, were trying to take over the new county before it could be organized in an orderly fashion," the historical association said.

Thus, Mitch Postel will tell about the ballot box, voter intimidation and other corrupt tricks perpetrated 165 years ago.

But that's not all, as the festivities will include hands-on activities.

Thus, on May 12, online crafts for children will also be published through the website: https://historysmc.org/. Crafts from the 1850s will include a button whisk, a paper horse and a carriage.

Not sure if you have the materials to make the crafts at home? Don't worry, as free kits of materials are available for the first 100 registrations. 

There is a limit of 3 kits per family. Kits will be available for pick up at the History Museum. And to maintain social distancing, pick-up times will be staggered, so you will receive an email from museum staff confirming your materials pick-up time.

Register to the party through the site https://historysmc.org/happy-san-mateo-county-day/.

Pamela Cruz
Pamela Cruz
Editor-in-Chief of Peninsula 360 Press. A communicologist by profession, but a journalist and writer by conviction, with more than 10 years of media experience. Specialized in medical and scientific journalism at Harvard and winner of the International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the U.S. government.

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