The mission of the museum is to preserve Southern Alameda County (Fremont, Newark and Union City) memories, documents, artifacts, and structures from the past and share them with present and future generations.
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Visit our online collection, made possible through a partnership with Niles Rotary (Fremont).
View photographs, audio and video recordings, and bound books (in full) at Archive.org, an online repository for special archives.
We continue to fundraise for our important work of archiving our unique, ever-growing collections! Please consider a donation to our collections/archival fund. Every dollar counts. Follow the link to help support us today!
Visit the museum to learn about the history of the Tri-City, from the Mission and Rancho Eras through to pre-incorporation — back when Fremont, Newark and Union City were made up of farms, ranches and dairies, and later, after the cities incorporated, suburban communities. Visitors will discover how the waves of families who moved here lived, worked, and established a thriving small-town community.
At the museum you have the option of a docent-led or a self-guided tour. The museum also provides field trip opportunities for 3rd and 4th grade students studying state and local history.
Volunteer opportunities are abundant. We are always in need of museum sitters (people who help keep the doors open), tour guides for adults and schoolchildren, archival help, fundraising and membership chairpersons… the list goes on. This is your museum and we want you to know you play an important role. If you have a skill or are willing to learn a new one, we’d love to have you. Call or email us today!
A Brief History of Washington Township — The modern city of Fremont has been built on beautiful land with a long, interesting history. This rich, historical heritage fits readily into time periods that had their own specific influences on the history of Fremont.
Historical Papers — A collection of papers covering topics of local historical significance.
Local History Sites — Links to websites about local historical buildings and activities.
Community Sites — Links to city websites, local community and business organizations.
Philip Holmes, our beloved founding/life member and prime historian for the museum and all of the Tri-City area passed away in his home at age 94 on November 16, 2018.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Philip Holmes Memorial Fund at Washington Township Museum of Local History, 190 Anza St., Fremont, CA 94539 or to Centerville Presbyterian Church.
190 Anza Street
Fremont, CA 94539