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LATEST NEWS

Entryway Construction

The maintenance building in front of the museum was  removed so that we will have a new, grand entrance.  Part of our parking lot is blocked off, but we are open and fully ADA accessible. Click Here for demolition and remodeling  photos.

 

 

December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 2018 – Victorian Holiday Teas

Our annual Victorian Holiday Teas are scheduled this year for the first two weekends in December, but all dates are now Sold Out.

2018 Holiday Exhibit

The Holiday exhibit this year features Miniatures and Models. Minuscule items and models will be displayed to show history through these artifacts, the majority of which stem from the museum’s own collections, augmented by private loans. Some of those items are children’s sets, others are salesmen samples: anything from bikes to cars and doll houses to tea sets. Models include the Bianchi barn, the Murphy Bay View home, and the Lockheed Agena Spacecraft, among others.

This exhibit will run from November 1st through the end of the year.

February 11, 2019 – General Meeting

Our next General Meeting is Monday, February 11, 2019, starting at 7pm:.  The program will be on the History of Energy and Its Future Plight.

Henry Ford introduced the first production automobile in 1906, without fueling stations, but somehow prevailed and ignited The American Industrial and Energy Revolution. Now, 116 years later the world faces a serious energy crisis with poverty, pollution, and increasing power outages worldwide. Tom Quinn, Founder of E-Fuel was the main guest speaker at the Stanford University Energy Conference June 18th, 2018, where he debated top scientists on the topic “The History of Energy and its Future Plight”. Please join us to hear and see Tom Quinn’s presentation on his past product inventions and his new venture that will change the future path of energy in ways you never thought possible.

Tom Quinn is a native of Sunnyvale and a serial entrepreneur whose technology is now used by most people worldwide. His patented Inertia Graphic Motion Control System, inspired by his aviation pilot experience, led to the creation of Nintendo Wii, Smartphone Vehicle Navigation and Virtual Reality Headsets. The Nintendo Wii has sold over 100 million units since its inception.

Past 2018 Events

October 13, 2018 – Garage Sale

October 8, 2018 – General Meeting 7:00 PM

Tobin Gilman

Tobin Gilman

At the museum’s Fall General Meeting, guest speaker Tobin Gilman presented an illustrated discussion of the McGlincy Killings in Campbell.

On the morning of May 27, 1896, the peaceful township of Campbell awoke to shocking news. Six people had been brutally murdered at the home of Colonel Richard P. McGlincy, one of the town’s most respected citizens. The suspect, James Dunham – the colonel’s son-in-law – fled the scene and disappeared into the hills of Mount Hamilton overlooking Santa Clara County. This heinous crime triggered a massive, nationwide manhunt while investigators pieced together the details. Author Tobin Gilman examines the mind and motives of the killer, the sensational media coverage, and the colorful personalities associated with the protracted and unresolved pursuit of justice. Please join us for a presentation and discussion on this fascinating era in South Bay history.

Summer 2018 – History of Schools in Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale UniformOur summer rotating exhibit upstairs was the History of Schools in Sunnyvale. From our first Encina Grammar School of the late 1800s through today, we have always prided ourselves in excellent education in Sunnyvale.  Come and see the many artifacts we have from a majority of them. Your grammar school or high school may have been bulldozed but your treasures and memorabilia of them are in our collections. This exhibit will remain up through the summer so organize a class reunion to see it.  Planned exhibit dates are June 19 through October 7.

July 15 – Reception for History of Schools Exhibit

Click Here to see photos from the reception.

June 11, 2018 – General Meeting

Thanks to everyone who came to our June General Meeting! And a special thanks to our guest speaker James R Smith who gave an interesting presentation on the California Snatch Racket–a string of crimes of kidnapping for ransom in the early 20th Century.

If you missed the talk, considering picking up his book: “The California Snatch Racket: Kidnappings During the Prohibition and Depression Eras.” Also, here is the video recording of the talk.

 

Spring 2018 – Hats in Sunnyvale

Spring Victorian Teas – April 28-29, 2018

Spring Garage Sale – April 21, 2018

Winter 2018 – History of the Canneries in Sunnyvale

Libby Water Tower 1930 design

Libby Water Tower 1930 design

 

Our rotating exhibit for the winter of 2018 was 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.

 

 

March 1, 2018 – Santa Clara County Watercolor Association Visit

It was a rainy day, but artists from the Santa Clara County Watercolor Association visited for sketching and painting at the museum. Click Here for more photos.

February 11, 2018 – Cannery Workers Reception


This Cannery Workers Reception was part of the winter special exhibit on the Canneries of Sunnyvale.

General Meeting – January 29, 2018

Thank you to all who attended our general meeting!  Jeanne MacVicar gave a presentation on the Orphan Trains.  If you missed this informative talk, you can view all the slides and hear her talk on our YouTube channel, click on the image below.

 

“Blue Cube” Donations and Stories Wanted!

The Sunnyvale Historical Society is looking for engineers to help tell the story of the Blue Cube. Please contact the museum if you have momentos or stories to share.

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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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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 .

 

In Memoriam

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 the Museum Director’s memories of Jeanine.

Here is a photo from February 2014, of Jeanine receiving the 2013 Murphy Award for Lifetime Community Contribution.

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Home

  1. H B

    I worked in the STC from Jan 1963 t0 Sept 1992. I was a Charter Member of the 6594th Aerospace Test Wing Training Team. I also taught Data Handling Equipment Maintenance Courses at both Hawaii and Kodiak Tracking Stations. I conducted over 250 classes and trained over 2500 personnel. I also worked as the Mission Director’s Technical Advisor on the GPS and DSP satellite programs. I conducted Orientation tours thru the Satellite Test Center and the Blue Cube. Our training office was the first office to open in the Blue Cube.

  2. Margarete M

    Thanks for your comment, Mr. B. I’ll add your name and email address to our list of people who have reached out to us for help in creating an exhibit on the Blue Cube.

  3. Donald Fair

    Hi, my name is Don Fair, I lived in Sunnyvale from April of 1967 until October 1968 after being recruited by Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. following graduations from DeVry Institute of Technology now DeVry University. I worked in the Lockheed manufacturing division worked on both the AGENA spacecraft, and POSEIDON SLBM programs. After departing Sunnyvale in October of 1968 for New Hampshire to continue work on the AGENA spacecraft for the 6594th Aerospace Test Wing as an Operations and Command Control Officer, From a remote satellite tracking station still maintaining contact with the “Blue Cube”. I supported over 127 combat missions associated with the CORONA, GAMBIT, HEXAGON, DSP, VELA and IDSP (USAF/NRO reconnaissance programs). I have many photos and stories of those programs dating back to the 1960’s and 70’s. I am also working with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museums in Washington, DC and often run bus trips to those museums as tour guide. I teach high school and college students about the early days of space exploration.

  4. Tony Kearns

    I was wondering what became of relic’s from Sunnyvale high , in particular , there was a board that had students names added to it at the end of school year , The board honored outstanding students for particular sports , if anyone knows where this board went , I’d appreciate help finding it’s location

  5. Ken S

    I worked at the Cube in Security from 1987 – 1990. I don’t really have much of any stories as even though I was inside every day all I got to see were the hallways as each MCC (Mission Control Center) was only open to the people that worked in it and unless you had a need to be in one, you wern’t. I’m guessing that the janitorial staff were the only ones that actually made it into multiple MCCs. Actually, many of the janitorial staff did the job part-time and worked elsewhere in the cube, as everybody needed a security clearance and it was easier for the janitorial company to hire a moonlighter vs. pay for the clearance for a new employee.

    One persistent rumor that I heard was the when you worked in an MCC that you had to sign a waiver that if you had a medical emergency that you were okay to rely on whatever aid your co-workers could provide you, until they could get you out of the MCC. This was due to the fact that Sunnyvale Fire did not have clearances and were not going to be allowed in.

    Finally, I have a Sunnyvale AFS badge that was given to me when our badges were changed out to Onizuka AFB. I know it’s not much, but let me know If you would like to have it for your collection, and I would be more than happy to send it to you.

  6. Margarete Minar

    Thanks so much for your comments, Ken. Your old badge would be most welcomed at the museum archive. I’ll have someone contact you to talk about it. Kind regards, Margarete

  7. Margarete Minar

    Hi Donald, Thank you for your comments. They are very much appreciated. I will keep your contact information and will email you if/when we have any questions, when we are ready to begin assembling our Blue Cube exhibit. Kind regards, Margarete

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