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Mission Statement

The purpose for which this association is formed is to collect, preserve and disseminate historical data, information, relics and objects or records of historical interest relating to the City of Menlo Park and environs.


MPHA was organized in 1971 as an offshoot of the Friends of the Library. The Library provides a room in the Library basement for MPHA archives and office. No other subsidy is received from the City. You can help carry out our mission by becoming a member and/or by making a donation.

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Menlo Park Historical Association


Membership in the Association is open to everyone. Beginning in 2014, the annual membership fees are:

*Individual/Family $20.00

Business 100.00

Lifetime 200.00

*Formally known as "Residential," but there is no residential requirement.

Members receive the Association's newsletter, The Gate Post, published several times a year and are invited to Association events including the Annual Dinner (usually in March), the annual Ice Cream Social (in late June or early July) and the annual Association Meeting/Speaker (November).

To join or renew your membership, send a check made out to "MPHA" along with the membership form (click HERE) to the address in the Contact Us section below.

You can also pay online with your PayPal account or with a credit card using the DONATE button here. Please indicate in "Special Instructions to Seller" the purpose of your donation. Your newsletter will be delivered to the email address used for your donation unless you ask us (send us an email message) to use a different email address or to send a paper copy to your regular mail address. The Donate button is only for tax deductible donations.

MPHA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Dues and other donations are tax deductible. A form for gifts or memorials in honor of a loved one is HERE.

Contact Us

The office of the Association is the Merrill History Room in the lower level of the MP Main Library. Starting August 3, 2021, MPHA Office Hours are 12:00-2:00 PM Tuesday and Wednesday.

You can contact us by mail or email. Our email address is . Our mailing address is:

Menlo Park Historical Association

800 Alma Street

Menlo Park, CA 94025-3445

Board Members:

President Tim Johnston (Class of 2022)

Vice President Michael Demeter (2022)

Secretary Bo Crane

Treasurer Lydia Cooper (2024)

At Large Bobbie Carcione (2022)

Frank Helfrich (emeritus)

Pamela Jones (2023)

Karen Kitterman (2023)

Martha Lancestremere (2024)

Jim Lewis (2023)

Greg Mellberg (2024)

Sandy Pachaud (2023)

The Board meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 2:00 PM in the Merrill History Room (in basement of Menlo Park main library).


Finance - Lydia Cooper

Newsletter - Bo Crane (

Board Agenda

The Board normally meets on the first Tuesday of every month except no meeting in December. Meeting agendas are normally available to Board members the Friday before. Meeting minutes are normally available within 1-month after the meeting. The Annual Meeting of the membership is normally in November (in addition to the monthly Board meeting).

The Gate Post

The Gate Post, the newsletter of the Menlo Park Historical Association, is published several times a year. Archived copies of current and past issues can be found in PDF format by selecting The Gate Post page on the left side column.

Products For Sale

Go to the $TORE page for online purchase of MPHA products.


Documents related to Menlo Park history are filed in the MPHA office using the subject headings that can be found by clicking on Subject Headings page on the left side bar.


Using the same subject headings as for documentation above, the MPHA historic photos are separately filed in the MPHA office. A significant number of these photos have been scanned and the TIFF images stored on a hard disk. A subset of these photos in JPEG format and with limited resolution are posted on the web: click on the Photos page on the left side bar.

External Links With MPHA and/or Menlo Park History Information

Menlo Park history (from City of Menlo Park "Our Community" page)

History Menlo Park (from Chamber of Commerce "Life in Menlo Park" page)

Dick Angus: Man with deep local roots is president of Menlo Park Historical Association,, Nov 8, 2011

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This page last updated 21 July 2021