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Hayward is home

Understanding and Belonging in the Heart of the Bay

Join us for a series of community conversations!

Join us for a series of community conversations
about Hayward histories shaping our lives today

We invite you to discuss ideas of home, belonging, and environment created in Hayward in the 20th century.

Each conversation will feature individuals who made history through sustained local action and community work. Their histories are exciting and unique yet remain little known. We can learn from these experiences and find inspiration to address present-day challenges.

You can attend all three events, or any of your choosing.

Light refreshments will be served. This series is free to the public. Parking in city lots next to the library is free of charge.


Three Friday afternoons
September 8, October 6, and November 3, 2023
 3:00-4:30 PM


Fremont Bank Room
Hayward Public Library
888 C Street, Hayward, California

Hidden Garden

A Japanese American Family’s Offer of Friendship Honors Culture and Beauty in 20th-Century Hayward

Friday, September 8, 2023
3:00-4:30 PM

The Shibata family garden and tea house in Hayward were designed by Zenjuro and Koyuri Shibata. Koyuri, who descended from a long line of Buddhist ministers in Japan, drew upon her religious sensibilities to define the garden’s structure and meanings. Many Haywardians attended events hosted in the garden before and after World War II, a garden which still exists today near Highway 92.

The Shibata family garden and tea house are a unique Hayward home, one that tells a story about family, community, and culture. This conversation provides context for understanding this historic site’s origins and its 80-year evolution.

Country Press and Barrio Expressions

Young Haywardians Build Community and Identity in the Bay Area, 1970-1985

Friday, October 6, 2023
2:30-4:30 PM

1970s Hayward saw a flourishing of youth movements to end injustices and create caring communities through understanding. The Country Press Collective and Barrio Expressions, original to Hayward, reveal the lives and interests of diverse groups, including LGBTQ and Chicano/a youth, on their own terms and in their own spaces.

The Country Press and Barrio Expressions created belonging through culture and political action. They make visible the ways Hayward’s young people cared for each other and gave voice to their ideas and identities.

A Shoreline for All

How Citizens and Government Worked Together to Restore the Hayward Shoreline in the 1970s and 1980s

Friday, November 3, 2023
3:00-4:30 PM

A remarkable collaboration between citizens and government accomplished one of the most complex environmental restoration projects in history between 1970 and 1990. This collaboration regained the public’s access to the Hayward Shoreline and preserved a unique ecology.

This work also generated crucial new knowledge. Educators at Cal State East Bay and Hayward’s K-12 public schools created sophisticated inquiry-based science curricula engaging students in research. This collaborative work is historically significant and unique to Hayward. 

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This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the Hayward is Home History Series do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.