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New PV Historical Resource

Post Date:01/07/2014

Old Spanish Trail VintageFor several years, videographer/photographer Virginia Bacon and Town Historian Nancy Lund have been conducting interviews of town residents who have lived here for more than fifty years. They have also interviewed other key people who were instrumental in the incorporation of the Town. These conversations recording the years before the town’s incorporation are housed in the Town archives adjacent to the library, and they are available for viewing by the public on Thursday afternoons from 3 to 5 PM or by appointment.

The discussions reveal details about life in a small town in the days when most women were stay-at-home mothers and homemakers, when many young families built their own houses, and when riding horseback over the hills was unobstructed by fences. These were the days when a building permit could be issued in three days, kids played in creeks, and the dangers of the fault were less well known.

In celebration of this year's fiftieth anniversary of the Town of Portola Valley’s 1964 incorporation, Virginia and Nancy are creating a blog with photos, videos and brief introductions to the people they have interviewed. Also included in the blog are short articles on topics of the past, from grizzly bears to the multi-ethnic variety of the earliest residents. You may view the blog by clicking here. It is also accessible from this website's History of Portola Valley webpage

Readers will find many interesting details that offer a fuller appreciation of our Town, what made it work 50 years ago, and how these values have been carried on as the Town has grown and new challenges have emerged.

NOTE: If you lived in Portola Valley before 1964 and would like to be interviewed, please send your contact information to

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