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News - January 9, 2008

For history museum, hunt for money continues

Palo Alto History Museum's long search for funding is common, others in field say

by Arden Pennell

After three years of searching, the group pushing for the future Palo Alto History Museum has yet to find a big donor for the $7.2 million project, museum president Steve Staiger said this week.

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Posted by Nothing historical happened in PA, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2008 at 7:56 am

What major historical events happened in Palo Alto over the years?
Sounds to me like this history museum is one big ego trip for the people involved.

Posted by KCM, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 9, 2008 at 9:52 am

Well, maybe it doesn't seem like history when you're living it, but here's an outsider's perspective: Sir Peter Hall wrote an immense book in 1998 called Cities in Civilization that describes 2500 years of western civilization in terms of the cities that typified or created each era. Alongside Athens (500-400BC), London ((1570-1620), New York (1880-1940) and others, he has a chapter on Palo Alto/Silicon Valley (1950-1990), "the Industrialization of Information." You're posting on the internet that nothing of major historical importance ever happened in Palo Alto? Thanks for making me laugh so early in the day.

Posted by Nothing historical happened in PA, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2008 at 9:59 am

KCM--hope you busted a gut laughing

Posted by Nothing historical happened in PA, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2008 at 10:31 am

KCM--by the way, we already have the Hewlett Packard garage as a monument--do we really need to spend $7.2 million on this vanity item?
Do you really think this will make PA a tourist destination or is it to stoke our own egos, that we live in a "historic" city?

Posted by KCM, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 9, 2008 at 11:03 am

This gets to the heart of the matter. Regardless of the ideas coming out of Palo Alto, this is also a town that has built no public buildings in over thirty years. We do not look like the center of Silicon Valley; we look downright seedy. This must be partly because of the tendency for people living here to "live in their heads" in the world of ideas and not see the physical reality around them.

Even if I’m not sure that the focus of the Palo Alto Historical Museum would be exactly what I would like to see there, I absolutely support the goal of new public buildings and services for the city. I just don’t believe a virtual world is enough on its own.

Posted by Periwinkle, a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 9, 2008 at 1:55 pm

It would be a great addition to the cultural depth of our city, and would provide an additinoal creative and educational outlet for our kids.

Posted by Maybelle, a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 10, 2008 at 9:07 pm

For those who feel nothing of importance has happened in Palo Alto, check out this group's site:

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