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September 13, 2005 > Museum of Local History to celebrate 10th anniversary

Museum of Local History to celebrate 10th anniversary

by Lance Dwyer

History enthusiasts will have an opportunity to take a walk down "Memory Lane" at the Museum of Local History on Saturday, September 17 while celebrating the museums' 10th anniversary.

Starting at 5 p.m., the museum will host its 7th annual "Memory Lane Potluck," when members of the community are invited to bring a hot or cold dish while sharing in appreciation of the history of museum as well as the history of Fremont.

Historians and individuals who helped found the museum 10 years ago are expected to be in attendance including Cecilia Weed who was considered to be especially instrumental in the museum's establishment. Regena Dennie, vice-president of the museum board and chairperson of the potluck, hopes the event will allow historians and enthusiasts to perpetuate the history of what has been deemed the "best little museum in Alameda County." Dennie has prepared a scrapbook as well as other visual aids for the celebration.

The Museum of Local History, the product of joint efforts by the Washington Township Historical Society and the Mission Peak Heritage Foundation, is located at a former site of the Fremont Fire Department.

In 1992, Weed helped lead an effort to lease of the current museum building. Once the facility was transferred to the Washington Township Historical Society and the Mission Peak Heritage Foundation, the two organizations met to determine the structure of the museum. In October of 1995, the museum opened with the goal of encouraging "the interest of the local citizens in Fremont's history, and to provide a place for students and enthusiasts to visit and conduct research," according to the museums' website.

Open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., museum exhibits include historical artifacts of early elementary schools, Mission Mercantile, early post offices, film making in Niles, and much more.

Museum of Local History Anniversary Potluck
Saturday, September 17
5 p.m.
190 Anza Street, Fremont
(510) 623-7907

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