HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, INC.
February 25, 1975
The first community meeting to discuss historic preservation was held in 1971 in an effort to save the Martin Home at Grand & Eucalyptus Avenues, built in 1893 by our town’s founder, W. J. Martin. Their effort failed. In 1974, Mr. Paul Tracy asked the City to acquire the Martin Home for preservation purposes, but a disastrous fire destroyed the home before it could happen. This group of concerned citizens, spearheaded by Mr. Tracy and Michael Nomellini, filed the necessary papers with the State of California for the incorporation which was approved on February 25, 1975. The Society's first organizational meeting was held October 29, 1980, at Orange Avenue Library. In 1981, another group, sponsored by St. Paul’s Methodist Church, and supported by the Historical Society, urged the enactment of legislation to protect historic properties. It was a coordinated effort with the City of South San Francisco and Parks & Recreation Department that we now have the Historic Preservation Ordinance, which protects historic resources from needless destruction, including the Sidewalk of Names, the Magnolia Plaza Community Room, and approximately 25 historic homes. The Plymire-Schwarz Home is a fine example of how and why we should preserve our City’s unique character.
The purpose of the South San Francisco Historical Society is to bring together those people interested in the history of our community. Understanding the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life, gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and helps us better appreciate our American heritage.
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Our membership is open to all who are interested. Members receive a membership card, a quarterly newsletter, and elect officers annually. Membership meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of March, June, September and December at Magnolia Senior Center, 601 Grand Avenue. Board meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the other eight months and are open meetings which any member is welcome to attend (dates in January and February may change due to holiday schedule).