Welcome to the Sunnyvale Heritage Park MuseumLOCATION: 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
Holiday Special Exhibit
This year’s special Christmas Holiday Exhibit is called A Collection of Collections. The exhibit showcases Holiday Collectible Series, like this Breyer model horse. This display will be in our upstairs rotating exhibit room through January 2, 2018.
Monday, January 29, 2017 – General Meeting – 7PM Starting Time
Guest speaker Jeanne MacVicar will give a first hand narrative on the Orphan Train Program. The Orphan Train Movement was the largest mass migration of children in American history. It lasted from 1854 to 1929 and it is estimated that over 250,000 children were moved from orphanages in New York City to rural areas in the United States. It was the genesis of the modern day foster care system and the brain child of Charles Loring Brace, a Methodist minister and social activist. This “placing out” was an attempt to find homes for the urban poor and children were transported on “orphan trains” to be selected by people in rural areas. Jeanne’s Great-Aunt Adeline Rousseau Trowbridge arrived in Clyde, Kansas on the Orphan Train in 1911. She was taken in by Jeanne’s Great-Grandparents George and Sarah Trowbridge at the age of 3 and is buried in the Clyde cemetery. The presentation is an informative history of the Orphan Train Movement on a very personal level.
Winter 2018 – History of the Canneries in Sunnyvale
Our new rotating exhibit for the winter of 2018 will be about the canneries of Sunnyvale. With the multitude of orchards and national fruit industry here, Libby’s, Del Monte, and Schuckl’s were the largest employers in the city/town for many decades. We will also host a reception showcasing the history of these canneries along with our collection of cannery artifacts on Sunday, Feb. 11, from 1:00pm to 3:30pm.
“Blue Cube” Donations and Stories Wanted!
School Program Coordinator Needed
The Sunnyvale Historical Society is looking for someone who would be willing to serve as the School Program Coordinator for our annual School Program. The free program brings our local third grade students to the museum to learn about life more than a 100 years ago.
The yearly program is all set up and ready to go, but needs a new coordinator for our volunteers [Training and support will be provided]. Experience working with children would also be helpful.
For more information about volunteering, please call: (408) 736-1665 or (408) 738-2482.
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.
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Orchard Heritage Park
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
The 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
Here is a photo of a mural installed in Murphy Park in 2015 that shows 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 2017 Events
2017 Holiday Teas
Our formal, Victorian Tea were on December 2, 3, 9, and 10 this year. Thank you to all who attended and to those who volunteered to make this another success!
Sister City Visitors
On November 7th, it was our great pleasure to host the dignitaries from Sunnyvale’s Sister City: Iizuka, Japan. Here is Sunnyvale Mayor Hendricks, Iizuka Mayor Katamine, and the rest of the contingent outside the museum.
April-October Ibarra Special Exhibit
For half the year, we enjoyed the photos of Gabriel Ibarra, architectural historical photographer, whose images capture the heart of Silicon Valley. Click Here for more views of this exhibit.
Fall General Meeting – Monday, October 9, 2017
Local TV show features the Museum
Click to play the full episode.
Sewing Machine Mini-Exhibit
In honor of National Sewing Machine Day, June 13, 2017, we had a special mini exhibit in the museum lobby of sewing machines from our archive collection!
June 25, 2017 – Orchardists Recognition Event
Click Here for photos from our special event, the unveiling of the new panels commemorating Sunnyvale’s early Yugoslav orchardists.
June 12, 2017 – General Meeting
Our guest speaker was Alan Leventhal, a professor at San José State University and archaeologist, anthropologist and ethnohistorian who has worked with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe for the past 37 years. He discussed the tribe’s many ties to the Bay Area. Click Here for photos and a video recording of the talk.
2017 Spring Garage Sale
May 6, 2017 was our spring Garage Sale.
Thank you to everyone who donated items, volunteered to work, and came to shop!
Spring Tea – April 29 & 30, 2017
Volunteer Fire Department Display at the Library
2017 Women’s History Month Exhibit
For the month of March, we had a special mini-exhibit in the upstairs hallway to commemorate Women’s History in Sunnyvale. Here is a painting called “Teatime Memories” by Alice Freund. This piece was created in honor of Sunnyvale’s 75th anniversary in 1987. Click on the photo to learn more!
January – March 2017 – Chinese art from “Snow White Bubble Gum Cards” Art cards and posters from children’s literature.
2017 Presidents’ Day Exhibit
For the month of February, we had a special mini-exhibit in the upstairs hallway to commemorate Presidents’ Day in Sunnyvale. Click here for more photos.
February 13, 2017 – General Meeting
It is with great sorrow that we announce the August 19, 2017 passing of Jeanine Stanek, the Sunnyvale Historical Society’s Chief Archivist. Her dedication to history, her positive attitude, and her endless energy was an inspiration to us all. She will be greatly missed. Click Here for her full obituary.
Here is a photo of Jeanine Stanek in February 2014 receiving the 2013 Murphy Award for LIfetime Community Contribution.
CENTENNIAL 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, 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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