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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
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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

June 25 Orchardists Recognition Event

Early morning view, December 4, 2013

Orchard Heritage Park Interpretive Exhibit

Please join us at Orchard Heritage Park for the unveiling of the new panels commemorating Sunnyvale’s early Yugoslav orchardists. Opening and welcome remarks by Mayor Glenn Hendricks, tours of the Orchard Heritage Park Interpretive Exhibit (OHPIE), the Heritage Park Museum, and the adjoining apricot orchard. Special exhibits will highlight our agricultural history. Light refreshments will be served upstairs. Click Here for the event flyer.

 

Sewing Machine Mini-Exhibit

White Family Rotary, circa 1900

White Family Rotary, circa 1900

In honor of National Sewing Machine Day, June 13, 2017, we have a special mini exhibit in the museum lobby of sewing machines from our archive collection!

Current Rotating Exhibit

Copyright Gabriel Ibarra

Enjoy the photos of Gabriel Ibarra, architectural historical photographer, whose images capture the heart of Silicon Valley. Click Here for more views of this exhibit.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Apricots are ripe in the Heritage Park Orchard next to the Museum! Stop by today to check it out, we are open from 12-4pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
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Nancy MingusOh, the memories of the apricot tree in our back yard (& the fallen, rotten, smooshed apricots I had to pick up from the ground when I was little). I wonder if that tree is still there?

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Renee PechAre the apricots for sale again this year?

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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 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

June 12 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.

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

Spring Tea Setting

Spring Tea Setting

Volunteer Fire Department Display at the Library

Back in April,  in collaboration with librarian Heather Johnson, members of the Sunnyvale
Historical Society have created a showcase for the Sunnyvale Volunteer Fire Department with artifacts that Jeanine Stanek compiled from the museum archives and contributions from Burt White.

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!

Bubblegum3January – March 2017 – Chinese art from “Snow White Bubble Gum Cards”  Art cards and posters from children’s literature.

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 General Meeting

At our general meeting Monday, February 13, Kristin Dance, who works for the City of Sunnyvale, gave a presentation on the public art in Sunnyvale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centennial Logo

 

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 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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  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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