Tad Taube Named 2017 San Mateo County History Maker

[L-R] The evening’s MC Dan Ashley with Tad Taube and Mitch Postel, SMCHA president, as Tad receives the 2017 History Maker award. Photo by Jim Kirkland. [L-R] Mark Taube, Juddson Taube, Tad Taube, Dianne Taube and Gus Panos Dianne and Tad Taube at the 2017 History Makers dinner. Photo by Jim Kirkland.

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On September 13, the San Mateo County Historical Association (SMCHA) honored Tad Taube as the 2017 San Mateo County History Maker. A long-time resident of the county, Taube was recognized for his countless philanthropic contributions to the Bay Area and beyond.

"It's a tremendous honor to be recognized by this esteemed organization and to join the ranks of such distinguished past honorees," said Tad Taube. "We live in a beautiful and thriving area that has offered me many opportunities throughout my life and it is truly my privilege to contribute to this community.”

Nearly 400 people attended the event, which raised more than $200,000 from tickets sales, the live auction and donation pledges. The SMCHA operates three historical sites – the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City, the Woodside Store in Woodside and the Sanchez Adobe in Pacifica. It is committed to preserving the county’s history and to providing meaningful learning experiences for the county’s residents and guests with special attention devoted to children’s programs. Through public programs and hands-on experiences, it aims to promote learning and appreciation for local history.

The annual SMCHA History Makers Dinner highlights an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to regional history. Previous honorees have included Willie Mays, the T. Jack Foster Family, Gordon Moore, the Borel Family, the Crocker Family, William K. Bowes, Jr. together with Reid W. Dennis, William H. Draper, Pitch Johnson, Y.A. Tittle.