Future public programs -

POSTPONED: Date To Be Determined

Palo Alto Art Center - 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

Look for a future announcement of when Nick Marinaro, retired Palo Alto Fire Chief, will be talking about the history of the Palo Alto Fire Department from inception to present day. Nick will be focusing on the growth of the department, changes in call volume, the nature of fire calls, changes in service delivery, and the transition to emergency medical services. Nick's entire 37½ year fire-fighting career was spent with Stanford and Palo Alto Fire Departments. He began as a student firefighter with Stanford prior to graduation, and in 1973 he joined the Stanford Fire Department full time. Stanford Fire later merged with Palo Nick Marinaro Alto and Nick remained with Palo Alto, rising through the ranks until his promotion to Retired Palo Alto Fire Chief Fire Chief in 2004. He retired in 2010.

The Palo Alto Historical Association Archives at Cubberley Community Center, K-7 will be closed starting the week of March 15 due to COVID-19 Palo Alto City mandates. Please send any research requests to or call us at (650) 329-2353. We will be answering email and phone requests.

The Association presents programs, free and open to everyone, seven times a year. They are typically held on the first Sunday of the month, October through May, at 2 p.m. Because of construction surrounding the Lucie Stern Community Center and Junior Museum this year, meetings will be held in convenient locations in Palo Alto including the Palo Alto Art Center and the Mitchell Park Community Center. Be sure to check the latest edition of the Tall Tree for each month's location.