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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Wanted: Local historians for book

Did you grow up in Santa Clara/San Mateo?  Do you remember summers at Searsville Lake?  A couple of local authors are writing a book, and would like to hear from you.

Julie Cain and Nancy Lund are writing a history of Jasper Ridge, planning to tell the rich stories of people who have experienced the ridge through time. From Dennis Martin, the village of Searsville, and Searsville Lake Park to today, people have lived, played and researched there. We anticipate an attractive book full of historic photographs as well art and contemporary photos. 

We invite everyone who has had a contact with the area to be a part of the story. Please share your personal experiences (and maybe photos) that have made lasting memories: swimming or fishing in the lake, camping there, touring guests around, helping build a trail, learning something new in a profound way? Since we hope to include many personal stories, please try to be concise. Do you have photos or art you’d be willing to share?  Any poetry?

We ask for written, emailed submissions. Should you wish a phone chat (650-851-1072 for Nancy) or zoom conversation, we can do that. When it’s safe, we can gather a small group to share reminiscences. Please send your submissions to Nancy at  or to Julie at We hope to receive wonderful memories and maybe some great pictures.               

See the SMCGS blog for more information on Searsville.

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