Dream Girl Pageant 1976

Dream Girl Pageant 1976

Back in 1976 miss Foster City Kelli McKenney won San Mateo County Dream Girl Pageant. Dennis Wilson, an American singer, and songwriter presided over the jury. Denis co-founded The Beach Boys, that began as a garageband and became one of the most influential acts of the rock era. https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/39038035

Foster City Home Owners’ Landscape Planting and Maintenance Guide (1960’s ?)

Foster City Home Owners’ Landscape Planting and Maintenance Guide (1960’s ?)

Happy to share with the community another gem of landscaping Foster City. This item was found in a garage and we believe it to be original. It is the Foster City Home Owners’ Landscape Planting and Maintenance Guide and it goes through some of the original planting guidelines in Foster City. The documents are not dated but due to the thick high quality paper, typeface and oxidation on the pages we suspect his is from the 1960’s.

1993 Recreation Center Feasibility Study

1993 Recreation Center Feasibility Study

Today we are happy to share with the community the 1993 Foster City Recreation Center Feasibility Study. As Foster City launches into a new $40+ Million Dollar Recreation Center project plan it is informative to show the last major change to the recreation center. (William Walker Recreation Center) This is a 50+ page report with many details. It may be informative to current projects to understand where Foster City came from and how the recreation center has evolved over many decades.

Foster City Tree Inventory 2000

Foster City Tree Inventory 2000

This is the Foster City Tree Inventory from 2000. Foster City has seen many trees die recently. Why? Many trees are non native and they haven’t thrived. Also many trees have slowly failed. Did you know Foster City’s salt water table is only a few feet deep? So trees that have deep roots don’t thrive in Foster City due to the salt water. YET, trees with shallow roots infiltrate pipes, homes, and do damage to streets and crosswalks. It is a careful balance.

Foster City Community Beautification

Foster City Community Beautification

Recently the Foster City Council started an ad hoc subcommittee called Community Beautification. Vice Mayor (2022) Froomin & Councilmember Sullivan sit on the committee. This committee is tasked with improving old signage in town and improving the user experience when people come into and navigate Foster City. “The Community Beautification Ad Hoc Subcommittee helps identify ways to improve the City’s physical image and appearance (including but not limited to the City’s entry landmarks/monuments, signs, etc.).” Councilmember Sullivan directed us to…

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Foster City Congressional Hearing on Government Operations, September 12-13 1975

Foster City Congressional Hearing on Government Operations, September 12-13 1975

A professor from Ohio State has asked for help to find anyone who was around for the 1975 Congressional Hearing. This was a hearing on how the US Corps of Engineers and US Fish and Wildlife operated with the newly formed City of Foster City back in the early 1970’s. If anyone has information or ideas on who might still be around from these events please reach out to the historical society and also reach out to Christopher M. Rea…

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Cultural Resources Study of the Bowditch School

Cultural Resources Study of the Bowditch School

April 21, 2022FOSTER CITY HISTORICAL SOCIETYP.O. BOX 4592FOSTER CITY, CALIFORNIA 94404VIA EMAIL: [email protected]: BOWDITCH MIDDLE SCHOOL PROJECT, FOSTER CITY, SAN MATEO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA To Whom It May Concern: Michael Baker International is conducting a cultural resources study in support of the Bowditch Middle School Project (project) in Foster City, California. The project site is located on the existing Bowditch Middle School campus at 1450 Tarpon Street and is bounded by Beach Park Blvd to the east, Tarpon Street to the…

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President Gerald Ford Letter (1974)

President Gerald Ford Letter (1974)

We have discovered and a letter sent to Jan and Sam Felser who were the prior owners of the Foster City Islander. This letter is signed from President Gerald Ford in 1974. The letter is regarding his pardon of President Richard Nixon. We will be putting this into the Foster City Historical Society’s viewing case at the Community Center ASAP to make sure to keep it safe.

Lincoln Centre

Lincoln Centre

1982 advertisement for Lincoln Centre. Note the spelling! Often miss-spelled when discussed in town it was/is called Lincoln “Centre” which is a more formal way to spell the word. Lincoln Center is obviously a well known location in New York City. Lincoln Property Company is a large developer and has been doing buisness in Foster City for decades.