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Mission Statement

Palo Alto Stanford (PAST) Heritage is a nonprofit organization supporting the preservation of the historic architecture, neighborhoods, and character of the greater Palo Alto-Stanford area through informed citizen involvement and education.


History and Activities

PAST Heritage was formed in 1987 to plan and host the 1988 California Preservation Foundation Conference held at Palo Alto and Stanford. The conference committee realized that their work could continue and grow in its scope to become a valued asset to the local area. It is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the architectural and other physical heritage of Palo Alto and Stanford.

From 1988 to 2012, PAST hosted a Holiday House Tour, offering docent-guided visits of outstanding homes in a different selected neighborhood each year. This is a tradition that will continue in the future.

In May we join with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in celebrating Preservation Month to showcase our heritage with guided neighborhood tours. The event culminates with our Awards Ceremony, at which we recognize the latest additions to our centennial buildings with a brass plaque and honor notable local preservation achievements.

PAST Heritage has developed several self-guided walking tours of Palo Alto's architecturally and historically prominent areas, and can help arrange historic tours of the Stanford campus. Saturday morning docent–led walks in the Spring and Fall are a good way to get some fresh air and a fresh perspective of Palo Alto.

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Join Us


While our membership drive is held in the fall, PAST welcomes new members all year. Due notices will be sent in late October, but checks and membership blanks can be mailed at any time to our post office box.


Dues and contributions are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

Click here for a membership form or send an e-mail request, and return with your check to:

PAST Heritage
P.O. Box 308
Palo Alto, California 94302


Board of Directors

President: Brian George
V–P / Treasurer: Tom Johnston
Secretary: Hayley Stevens

Steve Emslie (Projects)
Carolyn George (Webmaster)
Lee Lippert (Projects)
Lizzie Orr (Social Media)
Steve Staiger (Historian)

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