San Leandro History Museum

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Discover the Past

Mákkin Mak Muwekma, 'Akkoy Mak-Warep, Manne Mak Hiswi!
We Are Muwekma Ohlone, Welcome To Our Ancestral Homeland!
(Greeting from the Muwekma Tribal Administration)

The History Museum tells the story of San Leandro. Wall murals and life-size portraits set the scene for exhibits. A timeline of San Leandro begins with the first people, the Muwekma Ohlone, and follows the changes through Spanish/Mexican California, the Gold Rush, the beginnings of a new American town and the developments of the 20th Century through World War II. Concept exhibits include People from Many Lands, Oysters and the Bayshore, and Agriculture and Industry.

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NEW EXHIBIT
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THE HISTORY OF REDLINING AND HOUSING DISCRIMINATION 
IN SAN LEANDRO

Decades of discriminatory practices on national, state, and local levels impacted the ability for people of color to own homes – resulting in long-term segregation and loss of generational wealth. The effects of housing discrimination continue to permeate our country’s landscape and with very real impacts on people today. Managing a path forward begins with acknowledgement and learning about this very complex and multi-faceted history. This historical exhibit is meant to spark conversations within the community to better understand this difficult and sensitive subject. 

Come view this new exhibit up at the Museum. Exhibit information is also available online here. A copy of this exhibit is currently up at the Main Library through September. 

SUMMER ACTIVITIES
June 22-July 27
Wednesdays, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Join us on Wednesdays at the Museum for free kids activities connected to San Leandro history.

JUNE 22 - OHLONE ACTIVITYThe Muwekma Ohlone are the first people of the land we call San Leandro. Learn about the culture through games and activities like using a pump drill, playing games of chance and growing chia.

JUNE 29 - YEMA PO COOKIE ARCHEOLOGY
It is through archeology that we know the story of the Chinese laborers who built Lake Chabot Damn. Try out your hand at archeology with our cookie dig activity.

JULY 6 - SAN LEANDRO BINGO
There's nothing like an afternoon of Bingo! This special version will be all about San Leandro history.

JULY 13 - 1800s GAMES
Make tile rubbings, bowl hoops, play jump rope, hopscotch, and Game of Graces. You can also make butter to take home and design a thaumatrope.

JULY 20 - LEGO INDUSTRY & DESIGN
For 150 years industry and creativity have been a part of San Leandro. Use your imagination to design and build using Legos wheels, gears, blocks, and baseplates.

JULY 27 - TIME CAPSULE CANNING
Make your own time capsule like San Leandro's from 1972. Take your capsule home, add to it and save it to open in a year or more!