Concord Historical Society

Concord Historical Society A place to share information about the history of Concord, CA, and the Concord Historical Society We are a nonprofit organization working to preserve and present Concord's rich history.
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The Angelo Schenone fountain was built in memory of Amelia Traverso Garaventa's first husband. It is in front of the old...
08/02/2021

The Angelo Schenone fountain was built in memory of Amelia Traverso Garaventa's first husband. It is in front of the old Bank of Concord building (now Skippolini's) and across the street from the re-located L. V. Perry home and the century-old firehouse.

The Angelo Schenone fountain was built in memory of Amelia Traverso Garaventa's first husband. It is in front of the old Bank of Concord building (now Skippolini's) and across the street from the re-located L. V. Perry home and the century-old firehouse.

Frederick Galindo, sitting on the front right, played semi-professional baseball for St. Mary's College and both the Con...
07/28/2021

Frederick Galindo, sitting on the front right, played semi-professional baseball for St. Mary's College and both the Concord and Antioch baseball teams.

Frederick Galindo, sitting on the front right, played semi-professional baseball for St. Mary's College and both the Concord and Antioch baseball teams.

The Galindo Home docents were thrilled to have so many visitors yesterday! Some visitors reviewed the collection of Mt. ...
07/26/2021

The Galindo Home docents were thrilled to have so many visitors yesterday! Some visitors reviewed the collection of Mt. Diablo High School yearbooks looking for family members. Another couple were fascinated with Eastlake furniture. A mother and her two daughters were so excited to view all the quilts, that they brought their own family quilts to share. What a treat! The Galindo Home Museum & Gardens will be open again on Sunday, August 1st.

Great pictures Concord Ambassadors, so glad you could come explore our historical treasure.
07/26/2021

Great pictures Concord Ambassadors, so glad you could come explore our historical treasure.

Java & Jazz Event with the Matt Zebley Jazz Organ Trio at the Concord Historical Society on Sunday, August 8, 2021 from ...
07/23/2021

Java & Jazz Event with the Matt Zebley Jazz Organ Trio at the Concord Historical Society on Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 1 pm - 4 pm. To match the cool jazz, iced tea and iced coffee will be served. Your $15 ticket includes collectible hot/cold cup with unlimited pours (while supplies last) and plenty of great jazz. All proceeds will be going towards the Concord Historical Society. Please share this great event with family and friends!
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Java & Jazz Event with the Matt Zebley Jazz Organ Trio at the Concord Historical Society on Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 1 pm - 4 pm. To match the cool jazz, iced tea and iced coffee will be served. Your $15 ticket includes collectible hot/cold cup with unlimited pours (while supplies last) and plenty of great jazz. All proceeds will be going towards the Concord Historical Society. Please share this great event with family and friends!
Register at Visit Concord, CA !

Have you visited Galindo Home Museum & Gardens? You have an opportunity this Sunday! This historic home will be open thi...
07/21/2021

Have you visited Galindo Home Museum & Gardens? You have an opportunity this Sunday! This historic home will be open this Sunday, July 25th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. The docent led tour takes about 45 minutes. Included in the tour is a display of handmade quilts. The entrance fee is $5.00. Hope to see you Sunday. Please share with family and friends.

Harold Galindo was the oldest child of Frederick Galindo. He worked for Tidewater Associated Oil Company before entering...
07/19/2021

Harold Galindo was the oldest child of Frederick Galindo. He worked for Tidewater Associated Oil Company before entering the Navy in 1941. After the war, he worked for Chevron Research as manager of the Research Department. Harold retired in 1969.

Harold Galindo was the oldest child of Frederick Galindo. He worked for Tidewater Associated Oil Company before entering the Navy in 1941. After the war, he worked for Chevron Research as manager of the Research Department. Harold retired in 1969.

John L. Garaventa was born in 1903 and was raised on a farm in Clayton Valley. He attended school at the Lime Quarry Gra...
07/14/2021

John L. Garaventa was born in 1903 and was raised on a farm in Clayton Valley. He attended school at the Lime Quarry Grammar school and graduated from Mt. Diablo High School. He went to St. Mary's College and St. Mary's Law School. In 1933, young Garaventa successfully defended farmers' rights against Cowell Lime and Cement Company. As a result, the plant was ordered to install a duster to reduce the 100 tons of dust that were emitted daily.

John L. Garaventa was born in 1903 and was raised on a farm in Clayton Valley. He attended school at the Lime Quarry Grammar school and graduated from Mt. Diablo High School. He went to St. Mary's College and St. Mary's Law School. In 1933, young Garaventa successfully defended farmers' rights against Cowell Lime and Cement Company. As a result, the plant was ordered to install a duster to reduce the 100 tons of dust that were emitted daily.

John & Amelia Hansen, who were immigrants from Denmark, made their first home in Concord in a windmill tower built by Ha...
07/12/2021

John & Amelia Hansen, who were immigrants from Denmark, made their first home in Concord in a windmill tower built by Hansen. In 1920, Hansen started his own contracting business in Concord. Among the many local structures John built was the Veterans Memorial Building on the southwest corner of Willow Pass Road and Colfax Street.

Galindo Home Museum & Gardens will be open for tours this Sunday, July 11 from 1:00 - 4:00PM. The historical home is fil...
07/09/2021

Galindo Home Museum & Gardens will be open for tours this Sunday, July 11 from 1:00 - 4:00PM. The historical home is filled with the furnishings of four generations of the Galindo family. Additionally, handmade quilts, loaned by local families and quilting guilds, are on display. The tour takes about 45 minutes. The entrance fee is $5.00. No reservations are needed. Please share with family and friends.

One of Concord's most important businesses, the Bank of Concord, stood at the intersection of Main (now Salvio) & Mt. Di...
07/07/2021

One of Concord's most important businesses, the Bank of Concord, stood at the intersection of Main (now Salvio) & Mt. Diablo Streets. It was opened on January 2, 1901. The bank's interior was paneled in decorative mahogany.

One of Concord's most important businesses, the Bank of Concord, stood at the intersection of Main (now Salvio) & Mt. Diablo Streets. It was opened on January 2, 1901. The bank's interior was paneled in decorative mahogany.

Systron Donner's Concord headquarters building, was one of Concord's first large business structures, was occupied Febru...
07/05/2021

Systron Donner's Concord headquarters building, was one of Concord's first large business structures, was occupied February 17, 1968. For many years, the company was the largest private employer in town.

Systron Donner's Concord headquarters building, was one of Concord's first large business structures, was occupied February 17, 1968. For many years, the company was the largest private employer in town.

The Concord Historical Society wishes all a great Fourth of July!
07/04/2021

The Concord Historical Society wishes all a great Fourth of July!

The crowds turned out for the Fourth of July parade in downtown Concord around 1925.
06/30/2021

The crowds turned out for the Fourth of July parade in downtown Concord around 1925.

The crowds turned out for the Fourth of July parade in downtown Concord around 1925.

In 1917, $2,500 of Andrew Carnegie Foundation funds were used to construct Concord's first building planned specifically...
06/28/2021

In 1917, $2,500 of Andrew Carnegie Foundation funds were used to construct Concord's first building planned specifically for use as a library. The library was located in the plaza on the Salvio Street side.

In 1917, $2,500 of Andrew Carnegie Foundation funds were used to construct Concord's first building planned specifically for use as a library. The library was located in the plaza on the Salvio Street side.

Visitors are welcome to tour Galindo Home Museum & Gardens this Sunday, June 27th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. The entrance fee ...
06/25/2021

Visitors are welcome to tour Galindo Home Museum & Gardens this Sunday, June 27th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. The entrance fee is $5.00 per person. The 45 minute tour through the historic home will also include a display of hand made quilts on loan from local quilting guilds and families. All visitors have a chance to win a Concord History blanket. The drawing will be held at the end of summer.

Concord's second fire station was built by Concord contractor John J. Hansen. The Spanish-style, white adobe structure w...
06/23/2021

Concord's second fire station was built by Concord contractor John J. Hansen. The Spanish-style, white adobe structure was completed in 1939.

Concord's second fire station was built by Concord contractor John J. Hansen. The Spanish-style, white adobe structure was completed in 1939.

On December 8, 1948, voters in the 12 elementary school districts and the one union high school district voted to become...
06/21/2021

On December 8, 1948, voters in the 12 elementary school districts and the one union high school district voted to become a single, coordinated system. James Dent, principal of Mt. Diablo Union High School, was appointed superintendent of the new Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

On December 8, 1948, voters in the 12 elementary school districts and the one union high school district voted to become a single, coordinated system. James Dent, principal of Mt. Diablo Union High School, was appointed superintendent of the new Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

Dr. George McKenzie was a Concord doctor beginning in 1891. Not only did he take care of medical needs, he acted as a de...
06/16/2021

Dr. George McKenzie was a Concord doctor beginning in 1891. Not only did he take care of medical needs, he acted as a dentist, opthamologist, and lab worker. He was often paid by farmers with a sack of potatoes, a jar of jam, or a box of fruit or vegetables.

The Neustaedter's Pioneer store, found on Main Street (now Salvio), was the gathering place for Concord's townsfolk to e...
06/14/2021

The Neustaedter's Pioneer store, found on Main Street (now Salvio), was the gathering place for Concord's townsfolk to exchange news and opinions. Customers could find everything from bolts of cloth to farm tools and barrels of salt fish. The top photo was taken around 1890.

First graders posed for the traditional class photo in 1936 in front of Concord Grammar School.
06/09/2021

First graders posed for the traditional class photo in 1936 in front of Concord Grammar School.

First graders posed for the traditional class photo in 1936 in front of Concord Grammar School.

On September 6, 1972, former president Lyndon Johnson dedicated the BART system at opening day ceremonies at the Concord...
06/07/2021

On September 6, 1972, former president Lyndon Johnson dedicated the BART system at opening day ceremonies at the Concord station.

On September 6, 1972, former president Lyndon Johnson dedicated the BART system at opening day ceremonies at the Concord station.

Galindo Home Museum & Gardens will be open this coming Sunday, June 6th from 1:00 to 4:00PM. In addition to the regular ...
06/02/2021

Galindo Home Museum & Gardens will be open this coming Sunday, June 6th from 1:00 to 4:00PM. In addition to the regular tour of the historical home, a new display has opened. Local families and quilting groups have loaned the Concord Historical Society quilts which are displayed throughout the home. The entrance fee is $5.00. Parking can be found behind the house. Please share with family and friends. Masks must be worn.

Concord's first mayor was Joseph Arthur Boyd.  He married Ency Jaquith in 1885. The Boyds had seven daughters and two so...
05/31/2021

Concord's first mayor was Joseph Arthur Boyd. He married Ency Jaquith in 1885. The Boyds had seven daughters and two sons. The Boyd family owned Concord's first EMF four-door automobile, they installed the first hardwood floors and gas lights, and they were the first to have cement sidewalks around their home.

Concord's first mayor was Joseph Arthur Boyd. He married Ency Jaquith in 1885. The Boyds had seven daughters and two sons. The Boyd family owned Concord's first EMF four-door automobile, they installed the first hardwood floors and gas lights, and they were the first to have cement sidewalks around their home.

This is a page from an early Mt. Diablo Union High School. Ruth's Round Table was written by a young Ruth Galindo.
05/24/2021

This is a page from an early Mt. Diablo Union High School. Ruth's Round Table was written by a young Ruth Galindo.

This is a page from an early Mt. Diablo Union High School. Ruth's Round Table was written by a young Ruth Galindo.

A page of signatures found in the 1928 Mt. Diablo Union High School yearbook.
05/19/2021

A page of signatures found in the 1928 Mt. Diablo Union High School yearbook.

A page of signatures found in the 1928 Mt. Diablo Union High School yearbook.

The Walnut Carnival was a big event in Concord. In 1912, a Ferris wheel was set up on Mount Diablo Street.
05/17/2021

The Walnut Carnival was a big event in Concord. In 1912, a Ferris wheel was set up on Mount Diablo Street.

The Walnut Carnival was a big event in Concord. In 1912, a Ferris wheel was set up on Mount Diablo Street.

The Galindo Home Museum & Gardens  will be open tomorrow, Sunday May 16th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM! The 45 minute tour of the...
05/15/2021

The Galindo Home Museum & Gardens will be open tomorrow, Sunday May 16th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM! The 45 minute tour of the two story historical home will include a display of locally made quilts. The entrance fee is $5.00. Masks are required. Please share with family and friends.

The Galindo Home Museum & Gardens will be open tomorrow, Sunday May 16th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM! The 45 minute tour of the two story historical home will include a display of locally made quilts. The entrance fee is $5.00. Masks are required. Please share with family and friends.

The women of the Concord area formed a Red Cross Society in 1898 to contribute to the Spanish-American War Effort. In th...
05/12/2021

The women of the Concord area formed a Red Cross Society in 1898 to contribute to the Spanish-American War Effort. In this photo they are standing in front of the Odd Fellows Hall.

The women of the Concord area formed a Red Cross Society in 1898 to contribute to the Spanish-American War Effort. In this photo they are standing in front of the Odd Fellows Hall.

Each year, the Japanese Concord Institute entered an elaborate float in the Pow Wow Parade and presented a Japanese-Amer...
05/10/2021

Each year, the Japanese Concord Institute entered an elaborate float in the Pow Wow Parade and presented a Japanese-American Summer Festival. This picture was taken in the late 1920s.

Each year, the Japanese Concord Institute entered an elaborate float in the Pow Wow Parade and presented a Japanese-American Summer Festival. This picture was taken in the late 1920s.

Concord was incorporated in 1905, and five trustees were elected - Myron M. Breckenridge, store owner, Herbert H. Elwort...
05/05/2021

Concord was incorporated in 1905, and five trustees were elected - Myron M. Breckenridge, store owner, Herbert H. Elworthy, banker, Joseph A. Boyd and Henry W. Bott, blacksmiths, and Melvin E. Lyon, builder. They were to organize the new town and its laws.

Concord was incorporated in 1905, and five trustees were elected - Myron M. Breckenridge, store owner, Herbert H. Elworthy, banker, Joseph A. Boyd and Henry W. Bott, blacksmiths, and Melvin E. Lyon, builder. They were to organize the new town and its laws.

The Concord Band played on Sundays in Todos Santos Plaza and was very popular at special events and funerals.
05/03/2021

The Concord Band played on Sundays in Todos Santos Plaza and was very popular at special events and funerals.

The Concord Band played on Sundays in Todos Santos Plaza and was very popular at special events and funerals.

Finally open once again.
05/02/2021

Finally open once again.

Galindo Home Museum & Gardens  opens for tours today from 1:00-4:00PM!
05/02/2021

Galindo Home Museum & Gardens opens for tours today from 1:00-4:00PM!

Though Concord Historical Society's annual Spring Tea is still on hold, we thought you would enjoy pictures from previou...
05/01/2021

Though Concord Historical Society's annual Spring Tea is still on hold, we thought you would enjoy pictures from previous teas. Keep your fingers crossed and mark your calendar for next year's tea scheduled for May 13 - 15, 2022! Feel free to upload your own pictures of the the teas you have attended or even your favorite tea cup! Share this posting with family and friends!

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1928 Clayton Road
Concord, CA
94519

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 20:00
Sunday 09:00 - 15:00

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(925) 827-3380

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Found this article in family papers. 12/17/1980 Concord Transcript It shows the majority of the block that would soon be developed into Todos Santos Plaza. The view is looking west, picture taken from where the Heritage Apartments stands. The pen is pointing at the spot where EJ Phair’s will be and the scissors tip is the building that Vinny’s is in. The Ivy House once stood on this block but was spared the wrecking ball (home of Dave Brubeck’a mother) The original buildings that were not part of the demolition plans and thankfully survive are the Rose Apartments at the bottom right corner of the picture and a little blue house on the other side of it.
Hello, I wonder if anyone can tell me anything about the house in this picture? It was a post card someone sent to my great grandmother. It only says Concord on the back with a happy birthday note on the front to her. My great grandmother was the daughter of Gabriel Sibrian and Frances Miramontes. One of the early California Families. She is also connected to Pacheco and Tapia family.
As a Historical Society in Concord, CA are you aware that Mt. Diablo High School's English building has not been used as a classroom for two years? What's with that? They just painted the school exterior. Someone should check it out and find out what they plan to do there. The entire building has been closed.
Hi. I am wondering if the Concord Coach ran into areas in Canada (1826)?
Last week, some young historians from the third grade at Meadow Homes Elementary, in Concord, toured the Galindo Home. They also played games from yesteryear (jacks, checkers, & pickup sticks), and learned the history of the Pacheco and Galindo families and their contributions to the founding of Todos Santos which later became known as Concord. Thank you to the Meadow Home teachers for including the Galindo Home in their curriculum!
With the help of Susie & Frank at Sloat Garden Center in Concord, we now know we have Corsican Hellebore blooming just off the front porch of the Galindo House! Thanks, Susie & Frank!
Look what is blooming in the historic Galindo Home ...
Concord Historical Society annual dinner is coming in November! @Solo Opera is donating tickets for the “Gift of the Magi” to the exciting raffle!
"Dance The Night Away" (Friday, Aug 10th, 7-9pm). Join us for an informal "sock hop" for a few hours of fun and exercise to help raise funds for the completion to the extension, and preservation of, the former Masonic Temple. Dance to the "moldy oldies" of the 50s, 60s, 70s. A true bargain, as admission is only $10.00 per person. If successful, we plan to host these dances every 2nd Friday night of the month from 7-9pm for the next several months. The dances will be held in the Betty Martin Barnes hall within the Masonic Temple, (1928 Clayton Rd.) now part of the Concord Heritage Center campus. Our museum, artifacts, and research center will be located in the extension.
Looking to find history information on "The Alameda" road in Concord that supposedly was a horse race track back in the 1800's. Anyone have any sustainable information? Please contact me as I have a new listing there and would like more information. Thanks! Jacque Sabella, Realty ONE Group Elite [email protected] 925-642-2140
Where does one find info on renting the CMEC? I can't find any thing about it on the website.Email didn't help.Phone call has not been returned.
Way back in 2000, my brother, sister and I donated the two signs shown in the photo to the Concord Historical Society. Seems like I was told that they came from the Sacramento Northern Railroad station in Concord, but I'm not sure. I also don't know from where or how our Dad, Mel Burton, came into possession of them, but it was sometime in the late 50's or very early 60's I think. They were in our back yard in Concord ever since I can remember. I don't live in Concord so can't visit the museum, but I'm wondering if these signs are on display or what became of them. Can anyone tell me?