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VIDEO: Seventh Graders Explore City’s History

In honor of National Historic Preservation month, all seventh graders in the district went on a history tour.

“Did you know that the movie ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ with Robin Williams was filmed in this old courthouse?” a docent asked Austri Fletcher’s seventh grade class.

“Whoa!” some seventh graders exclaimed.

This was just one of the fun trivia facts laced into the history tours that Redwood City School District seventh graders learned on Monday. All classes will visit the Lathrop House, the old San Mateo County Courthouse (currently the County History Museum) and the historic Fox Theatre.

“Many of the kids will say ‘Oh, I know all about Redwood City,’” said Fox Theatre docent Hilary Paulson. “But then they really learn how old the city is and how important it was to the development of the Peninsula.” 

Merrily May 17, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Kennedy is scheduled to go next Tuesday and we have been going for several years! We are very grateful for this wonderful opportunity to learn about local history! Thank you!
Jim Clifford May 17, 2011 at 03:21 PM
FYI: Lathrop House, Fox Theater and the Old Courthouse - the new Journal of Local History published by the RWC library has articles - or is planning articles - on all three. The courthouse piece was in the last issue. It reported on a 1910 newspaper story about the courthouse opening in which women predicted what life would be like in 2010. The women said they "would need better men." The Fox is in the next edition. Lathrop is after that - and it will be a big surprise. The Journal story contains a recently found diary of Katie Connor, daughter of General Connor who owned the house. Lots of Redwood City references.
Melissa Gleaton May 18, 2011 at 11:48 PM
Greetings from Tewksbury, MA! I see my friend in this video!
Merrily May 19, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Well, who is your friend?

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