Expanding Our Partnership with the San Mateo County Historical Association

As members of the Bay Area community for over a century, our leadership team at Cypress Lawn deeply cares about celebrating the lives of our neighbors — but also honoring and preserving the treasured history of our city and state.

Cypress Lawn’s Memorial Park is home to many exquisite pieces of art and architecture that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Our multiple campuses serve as the final resting place for countless men and women who were responsible for shaping Northern California into how we know it today.

We believe we are the caretakers of the stories and history that have been passed down to us through the generations of staff members who’ve served Cypress Lawn. We also believe in supporting other organizations in the Bay Area that share in this mission.

Since 2009, we have been proudly serving as a partner and sponsor of the San Mateo County Historical Association. Founded in 1935, the San Mateo County Historical Association’s mission is “to inspire wonder and discovery through education about the cultural and natural history of San Mateo County.”

At Cypress Lawn, we are particularly interested in helping the association provide educational programming for adults. In addition to our annual contributions, we participate in the organization’s annual Victorian Days walking tour program and its monthly Courthouse Docket lecture series.

We are excited to announce that we have funded a Cypress Lawn room located within the learning center at the Sanchez Adobe in Pacifica — one of the properties managed by the association. We look forward to the grand

official opening on Sept. 18 and hope this will be a place where our community members can gather and celebrate learning.

Robert A. Gordon Jr., president and CEO of Cypress Lawn, said this about the project: “While we support a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, we do not typically fund capital

improvements unless they are on our own properties. However, when we learned that this interpretive center project would allow the Historical Association to double up on its popular program for the schools, we felt we wanted to be a part of it. Being involved with an effort that will help enrich the public’s understanding of local and California history for many years to come gives our Cypress Lawn team an added sense of pride of our involvement with our community.”

Want to support the Sanchez Adobe? The association’s annual Rancho Day Fiesta will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, and will include dancing and hands-on arts and crafts activities, along with the ribbon-cutting for the Sánchez Adobe Interpretive Center exhibit. Click here for more information and event updates.

Want to learn more about the fascinating history of Cypress Lawn? Visit the website for the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation for more information. It’s also the place where you can take an interactive history tour of our East Campus, enjoy a video tour hosted by our director, or explore our expansive blog collection.