Over the past fifty years HAHS amassed a considerable collection that reflects the history of this area. HAHS is committed to storing and safeguarding the collection in a manner that will preserve it for future generations to enjoy. Our collection includes photographs, paintings, archival documents, clothing, furniture, toys, tools, household appliances, business signs, and school memorabilia. While we don’t have everything online, you can get a taste of our collection holdings below.
You might be wondering: “What is happening to the collections when HAHS moves?” One of the primary reasons for moving into a larger building is to allow HAHS to better care for its collections. Consequently, all of our collections will be moved to the new location. We will not be selling, removing, or de-accessioning any of the artifacts. Once the new collections storage area is prepared, the artifacts will be carefully wrapped and protected with appropriate padding before being boxed up. Special fine arts movers will be hired to help us move delicate items.
Select a collection below to view the pieces within it.
Damage caused by the 1868 earthquake on the Hayward fault. This was the last time the fault had a major eruption.
The Historical Society has within its holdings an extensive doll collection. The collection dates from the late 1800's to the 1960's.
The historical society has a wonderful hat collection. It consists largely of ladies hats that date from the 1930's to the 1950's.
The McConaghy Family Collection is composed of objects that were owned or made by one of the family members.
The artifacts in this collection are representative of the World War I, World War II and Cold War eras.
Photographs of salt and salt production in the Hayward area. Primarily from Oliver Salt Company, c. 1900.