It’s oral and written history time over at the Hayward Area Historical Society, where they want to hear your fondest memories of Hayward, Cherryland, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Mt. Eden, Ashland, Fairview or old Russell City. They’re putting together an exhibit for the new museum space, which is under construction in the former Kumbala building at Foothill and Russell in downtown Hayward. The exhibit, scheduled to open in the fall, will feature memories of residents tied to the Hayward area, both of the recorded and written variety.
We were just talking about good ideas for the Hayward mural, here’s another chance to share some of your treasured or poignant moments. Deadline is April 30.
Read some examples, find out how to submit after the jump. Bonus: Historical photos, courtesy HAHS!
Share Your Story With the Hayward Area Historical Society
Personal memories will become the basis for a future exhibit at Hayward Area Historical Society, and they need the community’s help to make it happen! HAHS is seeking short stories, written or recorded, from anyone who wants to share a personal memory that represents the Hayward area to them. The Hayward area includes the city of Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Mt. Eden, Ashland, Fairview, Cherryland, and the former Russell City.
Using these stories, HAHS Curator Diane Curry will be working to put together an engaging exhibition that truly reflects the community. “We hope that people will see themselves in this exhibition,” Curry says. The stories will be supplemented with artifacts and photos from the HAHS collection, some never before seen.
Stories can be about a person, place, thing or event, such as this from a Castro Valley resident, “My late husband and I bought a home because we could afford it, then looked nearby as the school was so good, and bought a bigger one right by that very school. My kids flew kites in the school field, and went ‘mudding’ at least once each winter. . . I have a yard in which to grow fruit and vegetables and that, long ago, contained swing sets and Tonka Trucks. I had some landscaping done a couple of years ago and the workmen lined up on the patio the archaeological findings: a rubber fire truck, a rusted yellow steel pickup, various Hot Wheels, a Barbie and several jacks.”
A Hayward resident shared this story, “I have many fond memories of growing up in Hayward but the best and most cherished memory of all is when my brother Dennis and I marched in the Pet Parade. He was about 3 years old and I was about 5 years old . . . Dennis and I dressed as cowboy and cowgirl and rode a tricycle pulling a wagon and cage with our dog ‘Lucky’ inside. . . I don’t remember if we won a prize or not but it didn’t matter because we had a lot of fun!”
Another Hayward resident recalled, “We arrived in Hayward in the summer of 1962 . . . at the Greyhound station which was located on Watkins Street. We were all hungry so we walked to the Doggie Dinner at the corner of Mission and C Street for our first meal in Hayward. The meal consisted of hot dogs with mustard and ketchup. We were not familiar with the new tastes and foods of the United States. Needless to say, we did not like the taste of them and we started missing our more familiar foods like tortillas and beans. We crossed the street to the Hayward Library to eat our hot dogs on the green grass. We sat there happy to be all together, yet trying to absorb all the strange sounds of cars and people speaking in a language that we did not understand.”
For additional information on the exhibition or HAHS, please visit www.haywardareahistory.org or contact Diane Curry at (510)581-0223.