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Great Estates of the Peninsula

28 Jan 2023 10:30 AM  Via Zoom

In the late 1800s, the Peninsula was known as one of the elite suburban areas of the United States.  The great families who ran the commerce, industry and banking of the West from offices in San Francisco, lived, or had country retreats, down the Peninsula.  California millionaires sought to impress their neighbors with their grand Peninsula homes.  

The Great Estates of the Peninsula explores the suburban lifestyle during the late 1800s and early 1900s from European influence to relationships between the families to leisure activities.  The presentation concludes by discussing the fate of some of the Great Estates.

Recording is now available on the member's page

SMCGS is now officially joining the San Mateo Public Library!

Kara Rosenberg, SMCGS President,

and James Moore, City Librarian

It's official!  SMCGS library will be moving soon from Cañada College to the San Mateo Public Library.  Make plans to visit us in our new location at 55 W 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402. 

Free 2 hour parking is available, and it's within walking distance of restaurants and coffee shops.  

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The San Mateo County Genealogical Society supports the study of family history in the Bay Area and beyond.

  • We get together to learn and share information in monthly meetings, twice-yearly seminars with well-known speakers, workshops and special-interest groups.
  • We support research through our genealogy library located at Cañada College, online databases, and research services
  • We connect with each other through six-times-a year newsletters (available in the Members section), a blog, a Facebook page, and occasional eNews notices about SMCGS events.

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San Mateo County Genealogical Society

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Redwood City, CA 94063-5569


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