• Photo: front page coverage of Redwood City's 1931 Kiku Matsuri, The Japanese-American News, October 2, 1931, Hoover Institution Archives, Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection.


Courthouse Docket

How the Chrysanthemum Capital of the (Pacific) World Was Made

The Courthouse Docket continues on Saturday, October 27 at 1pm with a presentation by Stanford history PhD student Paul G. Nauert. Using oral histories, photographs, booster pamphlets, business records, and newspapers from Redwood City and Bay Area Japanese American communities, Nauert's research helps to explore the interrelated stories of how Redwood City became the chrysanthemum capital of the world, the building of a vibrant Japanese American community, and accelerating suburbanization of the county seat of San Mateo from 1906 to 1942.

Paul G. Nauert is a history PhD student at Stanford University who lives in (and loves) Redwood City. His work explores intersections of environmental, social, and cultural trajectories in California as part of the wider Pacific world from the late nineteenth to early twenty-first centuries. Recent research has included tracing intertwined developments in agricultural labor and working-class communities of color over the past 130 years, the role of women in the late twentieth-century California wine industry, and the politics of early twentieth-century American botanizing in China.


Saturday, December 2:  A holiday performance by the San Francisco State University Handbell Choir. Part of the Association's Hometown Holidays celebration.

Sponsored By:

The Courthouse Docket is a monthly series of presentations held in the History Museum's Historic Courtroom A. The Courthouse Docket Series is sponsored by Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.