Holiday Festival at McConaghy House
Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Holiday Festival at McConaghy House

Discover the history of the McConaghy House this Holiday Season! Be part of a community tradition and explore the local landmark as it has been adorned in cheer and ornaments for the season. The first Holiday tour was held back in 1976 (the same year it was open to the public) and has taken place nearly every year since, making it a tradition you can enjoy with your whole family for years to come.

The House will be open on the first three Saturdays of December from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM for self-guided tours. Experience McConaghy House decked out for the holidays and learn some family history. Don't forget to say hi to Santa Claus, tell him what you want for Christmas, and get your photo taken with him as well!

There will be additional activities outdoors for the whole family. Bring the little ones down to make their own tree ornaments and holiday crafts. Be sure to take a look through the Carriage House Gift Shop where you can find an amazing assortment of holiday items and gifts. Complementary hot cider and snacks will be offered, and admission into the Shop is free.

House admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free for HAHS Members and children ages 4 and younger.

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Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Orientation Meeting

  • HAHS Museum of History & Culture (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether you are interested in Bay Area history, looking for a fun way to give back & make friends, or are interested in developing new professional skills, we have the opportunity for you! Come to the next Volunteer Orientation Meeting to find out more about volunteering with your historical society.

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Holiday Festival at McConaghy House
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Holiday Festival at McConaghy House

Discover the history of the McConaghy House this Holiday Season! Be part of a community tradition and explore the local landmark as it has been adorned in cheer and ornaments for the season. The first Holiday tour was held back in 1976 (the same year it was open to the public) and has taken place nearly every year since, making it a tradition you can enjoy with your whole family for years to come.

The House will be open on the first three Saturdays of December from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM for self-guided tours. Experience McConaghy House decked out for the holidays and learn some family history. Don't forget to say hi to Santa Claus, tell him what you want for Christmas, and get your photo taken with him as well!

There will be additional activities outdoors for the whole family. Bring the little ones down to make their own tree ornaments and holiday crafts. Be sure to take a look through the Carriage House Gift Shop where you can find an amazing assortment of holiday items and gifts. Complementary hot cider and snacks will be offered, and admission into the Shop is free.

House admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free for HAHS Members and children ages 4 and younger.

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Holiday Festival at McConaghy House
Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

Holiday Festival at McConaghy House

Discover the history of the McConaghy House this Holiday Season! Be part of a community tradition and explore the local landmark as it has been adorned in cheer and ornaments for the season. The first Holiday tour was held back in 1976 (the same year it was open to the public) and has taken place nearly every year since, making it a tradition you can enjoy with your whole family for years to come.

The House will be open on the first three Saturdays of December from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM for self-guided tours. Experience McConaghy House decked out for the holidays and learn some family history. Don't forget to say hi to Santa Claus, tell him what you want for Christmas, and get your photo taken with him as well!

There will be additional activities outdoors for the whole family. Bring the little ones down to make their own tree ornaments and holiday crafts. Be sure to take a look through the Carriage House Gift Shop where you can find an amazing assortment of holiday items and gifts. Complementary hot cider and snacks will be offered, and admission into the Shop is free.

House admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free for HAHS Members and children ages 4 and younger.

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Volunteer Orientation Meeting
Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

Volunteer Orientation Meeting

  • HAHS Museum of History & Culture (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Whether you are interested in Bay Area history, looking for a fun way to give back & make friends, or are interested in developing new professional skills, we have the opportunity for you! Come to the next Volunteer Orientation Meeting to find out more about volunteering with your historical society.

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Shrouded Tales at Meek Mansion
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Shrouded Tales at Meek Mansion

Explore true tales of tragic ends, Victorian death traditions and superstitions all sprinkled with a touch of the paranormal. Come join our spirits and spooks for a bit of Halloween fun!

Two tours per night: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 HAHS Members, Seniors and Students. Tickets are limited: purchase online or call (510) 581-0223. Proceeds go toward the maintenance and preservation of the sites.

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Ancient Roots & Folk Traditions of Mexico's Feast of Days of the Dead
Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

Ancient Roots & Folk Traditions of Mexico's Feast of Days of the Dead

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  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Historical Society for our Annual Day of the Dead Program lead by educator, curator, and Día de los Muertos specialist Bea Carrillo Hocker. Hocker’s presentation will address the Pre-Hispanic concept of death as portrayed in the paintings and sculptures of Mexico’s early artists, the impact of Spanish Catholicism on indigenous funerary rites, and offer insights into the present-day pageantry of Día de los Muertos along with the reclamation of these traditions by Mexican Americans.

Following this discussion will be a Mexican Day of the Dead Skeleton Jumping Jack Workshop. Skeleton Jumping Jacks are the traditional toys sold during the Day of the Dead Festival. Come create this traditional toy – accessorize it to give it its own unique personality.

Funding generously provided by Berty Nebenzahl and Ruth Talley.

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Shrouded Tales at Meek Mansion
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Shrouded Tales at Meek Mansion

Explore true tales of tragic ends, Victorian death traditions and superstitions all sprinkled with a touch of the paranormal. Come join our spirits and spooks for a bit of Halloween fun!

Two tours per night: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 HAHS Members, Seniors and Students. Tickets are limited: purchase online or call (510) 581-0223. Proceeds go toward the maintenance and preservation of the sites.

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Shrouded Tales at SLZ Pioneer Cemetery
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Shrouded Tales at SLZ Pioneer Cemetery

Explore true tales of tragic ends, Victorian death traditions and superstitions all sprinkled with a touch of the paranormal. Come join our spirits and spooks for a bit of Halloween fun!

Two tours per night: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 HAHS Members, Seniors and Students. Tickets are limited: purchase online or call (510) 581-0223. Proceeds go toward the maintenance and preservation of the sites.

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Shrouded Tales at SLZ Pioneer Cemetery
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Shrouded Tales at SLZ Pioneer Cemetery

Explore true tales of tragic ends, Victorian death traditions and superstitions all sprinkled with a touch of the paranormal. Come join our spirits and spooks for a bit of Halloween fun!

Two tours per night: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 HAHS Members, Seniors and Students. Tickets are limited: purchase online or call (510) 581-0223. Proceeds go toward the maintenance and preservation of the sites.

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History for Half Pints: Day of the Dead
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

History for Half Pints: Day of the Dead

  • HAHS Museum of History & Culture (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Traditional Día de los Muertos altars have many components that are used to reflect and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed; a photo of who is being commemorated, candles to light the way for those spirits visiting during the celebration, and vibrantly colored sugar skulls. Kids of all ages are welcome to decorate their own sugar skulls to add to their at home altars. Funding generously provided by Berty Nebenzahl and Ruth Talley.

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Shrouded Tales at McConaghy House
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Shrouded Tales at McConaghy House

Explore true tales of tragic ends, Victorian death traditions and superstitions all sprinkled with a touch of the paranormal. Come join our spirits and spooks for a bit of Halloween fun!

Two tours per night: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 HAHS Members, Seniors and Students. Tickets are limited: purchase online or call (510) 581-0223. Proceeds go toward the maintenance and preservation of the sites.

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Shrouded Tales at McConaghy House
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Shrouded Tales at McConaghy House

Explore true tales of tragic ends, Victorian death traditions and superstitions all sprinkled with a touch of the paranormal. Come join our spirits and spooks for a bit of Halloween fun!

Two tours per night: 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 HAHS Members, Seniors and Students. Tickets are limited: purchase online or call (510) 581-0223. Proceeds go toward the maintenance and preservation of the sites.

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Public Paranormal Investigation at Meek Mansion
Sep
16
to Sep 17

Public Paranormal Investigation at Meek Mansion

Experienced investigators lead attendees through the property with access to all non-restricted areas. Many paranormal research groups have investigated the location and found them to be very active sites. Data collected on previous investigations include electronic voice phenomena (EVP), cold spots, touches, apparitions and much more. Proceeds go toward the ongoing restoration and preservation of both properties. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (510) 581-0223.

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[Digging Up the Past] Fraternal Organizations and Their Members
Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

[Digging Up the Past] Fraternal Organizations and Their Members

Why is there a pyramid in the middle of the cemetery? What does that anchor mean? Come find out about how fraternal organizations like the Free Masons and Golden Sons of the Native West are represented in the cemetery. Proceeds support the maintenance and preservation of the Cemetery. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance and are available here or by calling (510) 581-0223.

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Summer Days at Meek Mansion and Park
Aug
26
1:00 PM13:00

Summer Days at Meek Mansion and Park

Spend the day in the park with the family! There will be family history tours of the Mansion in the afternoon and a free viewing of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) in the evening under the stars. In the spirit of the film, come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character. Movie starts at 8:30 PM. This event is produced in partnership with the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD).

Mansion Tour Times: 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM. Tickets for tours are limited and must be purchased in advance. Purchase tour tickets below or call (510) 581-0223. Proceeds benefits the maintenance and restoration of the property.

Mansion Tour Tickets

Note: This had previously been listed as a viewing of "Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)." We apologize for any confusion.

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Public Paranormal Investigation at McConaghy House
Aug
19
to Aug 20

Public Paranormal Investigation at McConaghy House

Experienced investigators lead attendees through the property with access to all non-restricted areas. Many paranormal research groups have investigated the location and found them to be very active sites. Data collected on previous investigations include electronic voice phenomena (EVP), cold spots, touches, apparitions and much more. Proceeds go toward the ongoing restoration and preservation of both properties. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (510) 581-0223.

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[If These Walls Could Talk] Vacations: Leisure Activites and Locations
Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

[If These Walls Could Talk] Vacations: Leisure Activites and Locations

Explore the McConaghy family's leisure activities and vacation spots. See how archives and artifacts can relay stories about what people did for fun. Proceeds support maintenance and restoration efforts of the site.

Tickets can be purchases online or by calling (510) 581-0223.

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[Digging Up the Past] "Native of..." Stories of Immigration
Aug
12
9:00 AM09:00

[Digging Up the Past] "Native of..." Stories of Immigration

The Hayward area has always been an immigration hotspot. Many of the cemetery’s headstones reflect where early residents came from before building their lives here in California. Join us for an exploration of their stories. Proceeds benefit maintenance and restoration efforts of the site.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (510) 581-0223.

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[Summer Dance Series] Scottish Country Dancing
Jul
27
6:00 PM18:00

[Summer Dance Series] Scottish Country Dancing

Deriving from traditional British forms of dance, Scottish Country Dancing became popular in the mid-18th century as a more relaxed and social dance involving groups or couples of dancers.  All ages and skill levels are welcome to join in on this introductory dance lesson of Scottish Country Dancing instructed by local artist Mary McWilliams. Free with museum admission.

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