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Tales of Timothy Hopkins: City Father and University Godfather

Timothy Hopkins
April 7, 2019 - 2:00pm
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Driving directions here. Parking is available at the Palo Alto Art Center. Parking lot entrances are on Newell and Embarcadero. Additional parking is available at the Main Library nearby and on neighborhood streets.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Speaker: Steve Staiger, Palo Alto City Historian

In 1885, Timothy Hopkins, at 26, was the youngest university trustee appointed to the newly born Leland Stanford Junior University. Over the next 50 years, he became one of the university’s most steadfast and generous supporters. His life, as a close friend of the Stanford family, as well as campus benefactor, Palo Alto founder, and Menlo Park resident, is a fascinating story of a man whose inherited wealth and position allowed him to make many contributions to the university and its neighbors. Yet, despite having his name on Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station, many aspects of his life are unfamiliar. Palo Alto historian and former Stanford Historical Society board member Steve Staiger will explore episodes of Hopkins’ life and contributions to our Mid-Peninsula communities.

Event Sponsor: 
Stanford Historical Society, Palo Alto Historical Association, and Menlo Park Historical Association
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