What better way to express yourself and share your culture than through dance? Join us for a new exciting and energetic summer dance series at HAHS. Join us for the first lesson of HAHS’s Summer Dance Series! This month we welcome instructor Mike Quebec to teach a fast-paced, lively swing dance lesson.
Free with museum admission.
This year’s totally free and fun filled Independence Day Celebration at Meek Park will be held on Sunday, July 2 from 11am to 3pm. The well-known community symbol and residence of the Meek Family will be open to the public for walk-through tours. Grab some lunch at the local food vendor booths, pull out those picnic blankets, and enjoy the sounds of Johnny Mahalo and the Wild Coconuts. There will be outdoor games, patriotic crafts, face painting, community groups, and festivities for the whole family. Join the Hayward Area Historical Society in celebrating this wonderful occasion!
This program is sponsored in part by the Hayward Area Parks and Recreation District (HARD).
Not all of our interesting individuals would fit on one tour. Join us for part two of our tour about some of the early pioneers who shaped the Hayward area community. Hear their personal stories as well as how they impacted the growth of the region. Proceeds support the maintenance and preservation of the site.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (510) 581-0223.
The seaside is a place for all to explore! Join us on this journey as we learn more about the amazing creatures that call the sea home. Toddler Time is a family program with focus on children ages 0-5 years. Older siblings are always welcome! More information about our family programs is available here.
This tour will look at consumables from Victorian times to the 1930s. Learn how traditional food choices were altered by living in California, the difference between family meals and food for entertaining, and the role of alcohol in social occasions and its use in medicinal products. Proceeds support maintenance and restoration efforts of the site.
Tickets can be purchases online or by calling (510) 581-0223.
In conjunction with our current exhibition, Unmentionable: The Indiscreet Stories of Artifacts, retired OMCA Costume Curator Inez Brooks-Myers and Rick Moss, Chief Curator and Executive Director of the African American Museum & Library in Oakland, will discuss "unmentionables" (yes, the fashion of undergarments!) and other unmentionable things! Free with museum admission.
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.
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.
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. Purchased tickets online here or call (510) 581-0223.
Bring the family out for a scavenger hunt at McConaghy House and learn about past technology! Find historical equivalents to our favorite modern tools throughout the house and stay for a discussion about the history of the objects you find.
Proceeds support restoration and maintenance of McConaghy House. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Tickets available online here or by calling (510) 581-0223.
Ever wonder what all those symbols on old tombstones signify? Join staff and volunteers for a tour of various symbols seen on tombstones and what we can learn from them about the deceased. Proceeds support the maintenance and preservation of the Cemetery. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Tickets and more information available here or by calling (510) 581-0223.
Construida en el año 1888, La Casa McConaghy es un verdadero tesoro de esta zona. La estructura de esta encantadora casa de campo, incluye doce cuartos llenos de decoraciones, pinturas de arte y muebles del tiempo en que la familia McConaghy vivió en el pueblo de San Lorenzo. Ofrecemos giras en Español, para una vista al pasado y conocer más como vivió la familia McConaghy en ese tiempo de la historia.
Las giras son a las 11:30 de la mañana y 1:30 de la tarde
Adultos $5, Estudiantes y personas mayores $3, Niños menores de 4 años gratis
Built in 1888, the McConaghy House is truly a local treasure. The lovely 12 room farmhouse is filled with décor, paintings and furniture from the time the McConaghy Family resided in San Lorenzo. For a look into the past join us for tours of the house in Spanish.
Tours at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
Adults $5, Students and Seniors, $3, Children under 4 are free
Spend the day in the park with the family! There will be family history tours of the Mansion in the afternoon and a viewing of the live action version of The Jungle Book (2016) in the evening under the stars. In the spirit of the film, kids can come dressed as their favorite Jungle Book character and participate in a parade to win prizes for best costumes. Parade at 7:00 PM, Movie at 7:30 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. Tickets can be purchased below or by calling (510) 581-0223. Proceeds benefit the maintenance and restoration of the property.
Fear has become toxic towards the stereotyping and marginalization of your Muslim-American neighbors. Hear from five practicing Muslims about being Muslim in America, Islamophobia, the challenges of ISIS, and how we can be better neighbors and friends in our community. Free Admission.
Delve into the architectural styles and materials that make up McConaghy House and learn what makes this property unique. Proceeds support maintenance and preservation of McConaghy House. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online or by calling (510) 581-0223.
Enjoy another fun wine and music gathering! Glasses and flights of very interesting California wines are on the slate and and a limited regular Cannery menu will be available. The Flying Salvias will be performing for your listening pleasure from 6:30-8:30 PM. No cover charge.
Dig deeper into local history with a guided tour of the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery and learn new information about our local pioneers. $15 General Admission, $10 HAHS Members, Seniors, and Students. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets or call (510) 581-0223. Proceeds support maintenance and preservation of the property.
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. To participate, artwork must be submitted to Congressman Swalwell’s District Office (3615 Castro Valley Blvd in Castro Valley) no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, April 28, 2017. For additional information on the competition and the 2017 student guidelines visit www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition.
An excellent way to learn about Victorian craftsmanship! Examine Meek Mansion’s exterior and interior features, focusing on details such as columns, fireplaces and decorative plaster. Proceeds support maintenance and preservation of Meek Mansion. $15 General Admission, $10 HAHS Members, Seniors, and Students. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available below or by calling (510) 581-0223.
Two tours, twice the fun! 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Please note: 10:00 AM tour is sold out. For 1:00 PM tour tickets, please call.
Join us for the Third Annual Hayward Film Festival, featuring student films in the categories of Animation, Documentary, Experiments, Narrative, and Public Service Announcement. In collaboration with the Community MultiMedia Academy (CMMA) at Tennyson High School and Bay Area Digital Arts (BADA) at San Lorenzo High School.
More information about the Film Festival and instructions on how to submit your student film are available here.
Did advances in technology really lighten the workload for women? Examine the changes in cleaning methods, technology and convenience that shaped women’s daily lives from 1880 to 1940. Proceeds support maintenance and preservation of McConaghy House. Tickets for the tour must be purchased in advance online or by calling (510) 581-0223.
Learn the McConaghy family’s immigration story: the happenings of their home countries causing them to leave, what we know of their immigration, and how their story relates to the American Dream. Proceeds support maintenance and preservation of McConaghy House. Tickets for the tour must be purchased in advance online or by calling (510) 581-0223.
Join us afterward for our first Community Conversation focused on Hayward’s immigrant history, current events, rights and resources for immigrants, and how we can support each other as a community. Featuring guest speakers Hayward City Councilmember Francisco Zermeño, Hayward City Councilmember Mark Salinas, immigration lawyer Spojmie Masiri, and historian Dr. Linda Ivey. Free admission.
Learn directly from leaders in the paranormal field, and then put your new skills to work with an investigation of Meek Mansion or McConaghy House.
Speakers include Loyd Auerbach, Parapsychologist & Director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations; Rev. David Deerfeeder, Priest, Author & Medium; Elaine Davison, Paranormal Investigator & Creator of Paranormalsafety.com; Ellen MacFarlane & Devin Sisk, Paranormal Investigators & Napa City Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour; and HAHS’ very own Diane Curry, Curator & Archivist. More speakers to be added.
Conference is scheduled 9AM - 5PM
Investigation is scheduled 7PM - Midnight
$75 for Workshop OR Investigation
$125 for Workshop AND Investigation
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Space for investigation is limited to 20 people per location. For tickets, purchase below or call (510) 581-0223. Ages 18+
UPDATE: Meek Mansion Investigation SOLD OUT. McConaghy Investigation still available.
Celebrate the creativity of the little ones around you by joining us for stories and crafts.
Toddler Time is a new family program for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Join us for stories, songs, games, and play! Older siblings are always welcome.
Calling all poets! Join us for an Open Mic event that welcomes writers at all ages and levels. In honor of Black History Month we will be holding a competition for the best African American themed poem. Doors open at 5:30pm and sign-ups will be on a first come first serve basis; performances will begin at 6:00pm.
Sponsored by Lunchbox International. Free admission.