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April 8, 2009 > Local history heroes honored

Local history heroes honored

Submitted By Myron Freedman

Since 2000 the Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) has recognized individuals and groups that have made a significant contribution towards maintaining the community's history and historic character at its annual History Awards. This year is the tenth anniversary. To celebrate, the ceremony will be held at the Stonebrae Country Club in Hayward on April 17.

The 2009 winners were selected by the HAHS Board of Directors in five categories. Frank Sally, James Sally and Theodore Temple will receive the Historic Preservation Award for preserving the former Haar residence on C Street in Hayward. The house was built in 1888 by John H. Haar, a builder who also served for a number of years as Hayward's mayor. George Nickolopoulos, owner of Val's Burgers on Kelly Street will receive the Historic Business Award. First opened in 1958, Val's has long been a popular eatery, and one that has preserved its essence as a great American diner. The Historic Organization Award will go to the Acacia Masonic Lodge in Hayward, whose Masonic Lodge roots go back to 1876, and has been at its downtown location on B Street since 1925.

The Educator Award goes to Dierdre Owens, a fourth grade teacher at Brier Elementary School in Fremont who created new history activities for students and teachers from the museum's educational Discovery Kits. Finally, the John Sandoval Award honors individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the preservation of our community's history. This year's winner is Jackie Grissom, a long-time HAHS volunteer, Board Member and past president, who helped build the museum's collection, and who for many years researched, wrote and edited the organization's newsletter, Adobe Trails.

Tickets for the History Awards may be purchased by contacting HAHS. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. Proceeds from the event help to fund the Society's historic preservation and education activities. In addition to the awards ceremony, this year's program includes a music performance by the Tennyson Blue Knights jazz ensemble, a buffet dinner prepared by Stonebrae's Executive Chef Hemant Surendran, and a chance to bid on a variety of silent auction prizes. Those purchasing raffle tickets will have an opportunity to win a four-course dinner for four at Hayward's fine dining restaurant Neumanali. The evening begins at sunset at the Stonebrae Country Club, 27900 Fairview Avenue, where the views of the Bay are nothing short of spectacular.

To purchase tickets or request an invitation, call Development Director Alison Wenz at the Hayward Area Historical Society at (510) 581-0223 or send an e-mail to alison@haywardareahistory.org. Or, stop by the Museum at 22701 Main St. in Hayward, Tuesday - Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hayward Area Historical Society awards
Friday, April 17
Stonebrae Country Club
27900 Fairview Ave., Hayward
(510) 581-0223

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