The effort to rehabilitate the Palo Alto History Museum received a financial boost this week from Santa Clara County, which awarded a grant to rebuild the roof at the Roth Building that will house the city's history.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to award the museum and the city of Palo Alto a $102,992 grant from the fiscal year 2019 Historical Heritage Grant Program, according to a statement issued Friday.
The grant will fund a historical restoration project to rebuild the roof of the city-owned Roth Building located at 300 Homer Ave.
"The Palo Alto History Museum is a treasure in the making," Supervisor Joe Simitian said in the statement. "Our Valley rightfully takes pride in its 21st Century role as a technology and thought leader, but there's a history here we would do well to remember, and learn from. It's just so important that we protect these pieces of our history for future generations."
This milestone marks a promising beginning for the museum, which has been in limbo for many years as its board of directors struggled to raise enough funds to bring the project to fruition despite support from the city.
"In a city named for a huge redwood tree (el palo alto), many Palo Altans nonetheless feel rootless," said Laura Bajuk, executive director of the Palo Alto History Museum. "Newcomers struggle to find their footing. Long-timers remember a community that felt more connected, face to face. The new museum will tell the many stories of our community; dark moments to be learned from, and bright moments that will instill pride. Stories that will inspire, heal and open minds."
"We hope everyone who experiences the new museum will feel a sense of community and connection, and be inspired to share that with others," Bajuk said.