HAYWARD -- For the debut exhibit at its new museum slated to open in the fall, the Hayward Area Historical Society is seeking personal treasures to make public.

Exhibit organizers aren't interested in family heirlooms or keepsakes of the physical variety. They want what's in your head -- cherished memories and poignant personal tales related to Hayward and surrounding communities.

"I hear stories all the time," curator Diane Curry said. "People say, 'Ah, I remember shopping on B Street,' or going to the grocery store, everyday things. I want those kinds of things."

Curry will use the memories in conjunction with related items and photos from the museum's collection. Submissions should be 500 words or less, and the deadline for submission is April 30. They should be related to the Hayward area, including Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Mt. Eden, Ashland, Fairview, Cherryland and the former Russell City.

Curry said the entries don't have to be old to be pertinent to the "Your Story, Our Story" exhibit.

"I'm expecting anything from the '30s up to the present," Curry said. "I could get one from last week. We want people to really make a connection. "... History is yesterday."

The museum is currently closed as it moves to the new location at the former Kumbala Restaurant and Bakery building at Foothill Boulevard and Russell Way.

For more information and a submission form, go to www.haywardareahistory.org or call 510-581-0223. Examples of stories are available on the HayWord blog at www.ibabuzz.com/hayword.