Dave Olsen gave me a tour the other day, as they prepared for a weekend anniversary celebration. I was very impressed with the quality of the displays, both the collection and the signage which is currently in both English and Spanish. In the works are translations to Portuguese and Chinese and maybe Italian.
It is a small space, but nicely put together offering a wide assortment of items without feeling cluttered. There is more to see though, so fundraising is underway to convert the "Johnson" Barn that sits on the property behind the Jail into a larger museum.
Among the collections that they inherited from the Spanishtown Historical Society is a collection of oral histories that is over fifty years old. They are working to preserve and transcribe that collection.
The museum is open on weekends from 10-4 and it is possible to make arrangements for group tours.
The HMB History Association holds quarterly meetings featuring speakers on local history, which are open to the public, at the Portuguese Community Center.
I first heard about the Association and the Jail Museum, because they were looking for information on the jail during its years of operation (1919-1967). If you have any information on the jail, or on any aspect of Half Moon Bay history they would love to hear from you.
Check out their website Half Moon Bay History Association for more information on the Association, it's history, HMB history, the oral history project, the museum project and contact information.
And be sure to stop in the next time you find yourself in Half Moon Bay on a weekend.