Stories of Union City History You May Not Know
with Union City Historical Museum Founder Myrla Raymundo
The more you know about the past, the more prepared you are for the future. ~Theodore Roosevelt
Why is the preservation of history important? How best can we get our kids engaged in local history? These are some of the questions I asked in our interview.
Listening to Myrla’s story, not just the museum, but her life story, makes it very clear that life is what you make it. She has lived with purpose and a very clear intention to help others and be in service.
The museum is located in an old fire house in Alvarado. It was founded through the hard work and perseverance of Myrla Raymundo.
As she describes in our interview,
“I pleaded and pleaded with the City Council for a building.”
Myrla Raymundo, MBA, Founder and CEO of the museum, is a life long public servant and is the receipt of over 200 awards from various organizations. She served for several years as Alameda County Commissioner and Union City Commissioner. President of the Friends of the Union City Library; President of the Filipino-American Assn of Alameda County; and Site Coordinator of the Community Ambassador Program for seniors at St. Anne’s Catholic Parish. She is also an Author of two books on Union City’s History, “Union City Through the Years” and “Union City Oral History” and is currently working on a third book.
In our interview Myrla shares stories of the first farm and earliest farmer of Union City, in the 1700’s. It was located where the Crowne Plaza hotel is today. The farmer ordered a mail order bride from China and had 18 children whose descendants still live in Union City today.
We also hear of the 1951 plane crash on Decoto Hill that killed 51 people, including the pilot. Remains of the crash are on display at the museum.
Myrla’s advice for listeners “When you get into a thing… go for it. Don’t Stop. Go until you reach the top.” Without Myrla’s hardwork the city would not have a museum. Her request, come by, share your stories, photo’s and aritfacts so the museum continues for the generations that follow.
Vist the museum at:
3841 Smith St, Union City, CA 94587
Thursday through Saturday 10am to 4pm