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Welcome to the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum

LOCATION:   570 East Remington Drive,  Sunnyvale, CA 94087    PHONE:   (408) 749-0220
MAILING ADDRESS:  PO Box 2187,  Sunnyvale, CA 94087-0187
MUSEUM (and Gift Shop) HOURS:     Sundays/Tuesdays/Thursdays 12pm to 4pm
BECOME A MEMBER:   Private events, newsletter, discounts and more.   CLICK HERE

Please check our MUSEUM CALENDAR frequently to find out about upcoming events.            Or click this FACEBOOK link below to Like us on Facebook.


LATEST NEWS:

Decades of Dress

Decades of DressOur rotating special exhibit room is currently showing Decades of Dress, highlighting representative dresses and suits from the past.

 

 

Spring Garage Sale – May 21, 2016

April 18, 2015 Garage Sale

April 18, 2015 Garage Sale

Donations are wanted for our next Garage Sale.  Suggested donation items are: tools, decorations, jewelry, furniture, kitchen items, exercise equipment, and bicycles.  You can drop off items at the museum when it is open, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-4pm.  The location of the garage sale itself will be at 795 South Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale, CA (closest cross street is Iris Avenue).

General Meeting – June 6, 2016

Elizabeth Yuba Murphy Taaffe Dec 1, 1844 - May 18, 1875

Elizabeth Yuba Murphy Taaffe
Dec 1, 1844 – May 18, 1875

The next museum general meeting will be Monday, June 6, starting at 7:30 P.M. in our upstairs Event Room.  Our speakers will be Linda Taaffe and her niece, Erika, who will share their family’s story over seven generations beginning with how the Taaffe family members met up with Martin and Mary Murphy, how the families made and lost fortunes, survived fires and recessions, experienced the destruction of the 1906 earthquake, and evolved the family business to make way for an influx of settlers.

GIVE THE GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP

Your membership to the Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association helps to support our daily operations.  Members Benefits include, our members-only Newsletter, special invitations to members-only events, and a 10% discount on Museum Gift Shop purchases.  You can become a member online (below) or come into the museum Gift Shop.

WEBSHSMASeptNewsletterClipClick image to the left for a full-color example newsletter issue that you receive every month as a society member.

Members can decide to receive this full-color PDF via e-mail instead of via US Mail.  If this is a Gift Membership, add the recipient info in the Add a special message Section when completing the transaction on PayPal.


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Today is the last day to visit our gift shop before Mother's Day on Sunday. We always have a nice selection of jewelry. The museum and gift shop are open every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 12-4pm. Drop by this afternoon!
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THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the Sunnyvale Historical Society yesterday for the Silicon Valley Gives Event. If you missed donating, keep in mind that we always appreciate the generosity of our donors. If you ever wish to make an online donation, just go to the Heritage Park Museum website and you'll find a DONATE Button on the right side of the page.

Your continued donations make a difference to our non-profit organization as we continue and expand our programs and our community events at the museum. We greatly appreciate your generosity during the holiday season and throughout the year! Thank you for your support!
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Orchard Heritage Park

Winter day with back view of the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, Feb 8, 2014

Winter day with back view of the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, Feb 8, 2014

In 1994, the City of Sunnyvale preserved 10 acres of apricot trees to celebrate the important contribution of orchards to the early development of the local economy. The museum opened next to the orchard in 2008. Click the photo for views of our apricot orchard throughout the year .

SAVING THE BUTCHER FAMILY HOME

Butcher TractorThe Sunnyvale Historical Society is working with the City of Sunnyvale to look at alternatives for saving the Butcher Family ranch home. The home was built in 1912 and is a remarkable example of a high-end ranch home of the early 1900s. The photo link to the left gives more information on the site and preferred location on the Heritage Park site.  [Click the photo for more information.]

History Through Art

Murphy Park MuralHere is a photo of a new mural in Murphy Park showing the Murphy family arrival.  There are many works of art around Sunnyvale that depict our town history.  Click here to see our new webpage listing these statues, murals and models.

Past 2016 Events

Spring Tea

Spring Tea Setting

Spring Tea Setting

Thank you to all who attended this spring’s Victorian Teas at the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Historical Museum.  Click Here for photos from the first weekend.  2016 Spring Tea Flyer color

Solar Panel Installation

Installing the rails on the roof, February 22, 2016

Installing the rails on the roof, February 22, 2016

Solar panel installation on the backside of the museum roof began on February 20, 2016.  The work was performed by SunWork, a non-profit solar company that uses trained volunteers.  The museum board decided to use solar panels to help offset the rising cost of power used by the air conditioners, which are required to preserve the museum’s artifacts. The Sunnyvale City Council unanimously approved the project at its Jan. 5 meeting. Click Here for more installation photos and videos.

Sports Special Exhibit

Left WallOur winter exhibit in the upstairs rotating exhibit room was Sports in Sunnyvale and Silicon Valley  which commemorated the  Super Bowl held this year near here.

General Meeting Feb. 8th:  Wolfe’s Prairie-style Buildings

California Prairie Architecture Book Cover

California Prairie Architecture book cover

On Monday, February 8, 2016, Krista Van Laan gave a presentation based on her book Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie ArchitectureThe book showcases more than 40 of Wolfe’s Prairie-style buildings and tells the stories of their fascinating owners. Wolfe’s clients were the pioneers that helped build and influence Santa Clara County and Frank Wolfe was the architect who was able to give them something special. Van Laan will touch on the various styles Wolfe popularized during his 35-year career, giving special attention to the many Wolfe buildings in Sunnyvale, where his architecture played a particularly important role in the early days of Sunnyvale’s development.

If you missed it, you can watch the entire meeting in 4 parts on this playlist on our museum You Tube channel. Click on the play button in the next photo to start watching.

Centennial LogoCENTENNIAL CELEBRATION Update

• WOW! What a Celebration! Martin Murphy was surely smiling down on us the weekend of August 25th and 26th, 2012. Not only was the weather absolutely perfect, but the two days from beginning to end were truly a celebration of a lifetime. Sunnyvale has probably not seen anything so grand since 1881 when Martin and Mary Murphy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary held at their Bay View home. Between 4,000 and 5,000 people attended their celebration and for our Centennial Celebration we calculated more than 6,000 people attended over the course of the two-day weekend. Everyone had a grand time.

• The festivities began with a rousing parade, the likes of which has not been seen since the city-wide parade to celebrate 2000. There were marching bands, antique cars, costumes, but most exciting of all unbridled enthusiasm and joy for our city. For more information see (Special Centennial Celebration Newsletter)
Sunnyvale ArcadiaSunnyvale, the latest book in the Arcadia “Images of America” series, has been released. It encompasses all of Sunnyvale’s rich history, with never before seen vintage photographs and outstanding text written by Sunnyvale natives Ben Koning and Anneke Metz.
Books are available at the museum gift shop.

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2 thoughts on “Home

  1. Sharon Bell

    The area sounds beautiful and right here in Sunnyvale. I was wondering if the park grounds were open for pedistrian visits before and after museum business hours. Is there a walking path around the perimeter of the park? -Sharon

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    Yes…. the park area in front of the museum is open from dawn to dusk. Also, there is a sidewalk looping the entire heritage park apricot tree orchard. We hope to see you here at the museum!

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