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
2015 Antique & Appraisal Faire
A big thank you to everyone who attended our Antique & Appraisal Faire this year! We had professional appraisers from Michaan’s Auction House to appraise visitors’ relics and family heirlooms. We also had an Antique Sale to liquidate some of the treasures from our inventory. There was live musical entertainment from the Drop In Blue Grass Band. And a special thank you goes to all of our great volunteers who worked so hard to make the two days run so smoothly.
Click Here for photos and a video from the 2015 Antique and Appraisal Faire.
Hendy-Westinghouse-Northrop Grumman 1906 to 2015
This exhibit showcases this important industrial site built by Joshua Hendy Iron Works when they relocated to Sunnyvale after the 1906 earthquake destroyed their San Francisco factory. The works was acquired by Westinghouse in 1946, and it is now owned by Northrop Gumman. This temporary exhibit includes items on loan from the Iron Man Museum located at the plant site off Hendy Ave. between Sunnyvale Ave. and Fair Oaks Ave.
Thank you everyone who attended the special exhibit reception on July 12th. Click Here for reception photos and videos of the guest presentations.
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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.]
Past 2015 Events
Thank you for attending our June General Meeting
Our guest speaker was Cheryl Anne Stapp who gave a riveting and informative presentation describing the era of the stagecoach in Northern California. Thanks Cheryl for captivating our audience!
Homemade Handiwork Exhibit April-June, 2015
This special temporary exhibit celebrated the home made crafts made by Sunnyvale residents over the years. See more photos archived on the webpage for Homemade Handiwork Exhibit!
Silicon Valley Gives – Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Sunnyvale Historical Society during this year’s Silicon Valley Gives Event. We surpassed last year’s SVGives totals thanks to your generous contributions! Your donations go directly to help fund the museum’s monthly operations of programs and education. Every dollar makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. If you didn’t get a chance to donate for this event, you can find a DONATE Button on the right-hand side. And again, thank you for your continued support!
SPRING VICTORIAN TEAS
This year’s Victorian Teas were April 25 & 26 (Saturday & Sunday) and May 3 (Sunday) at the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Historical Museum.
SPRING GARAGE SALE: APRIL 18TH
The Sunnyvale Heritage Park Historical Museum Spring Garage Sale was Saturday, April 18th from 8am to 2pm.
CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATION CONTEST PART 2 and iBOOK on SALE
In early 2014, the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum held a contest for interpreting our Technology Timeline for a digital version. Kids and teens participated in this project by illustrating stories and questions that trigger new innovations.
The Second Part of the contest finished in April 2015. Students were encouraged to interpret the subjects of avionics, electronics and software. [Contest info]
Congratulations to all of the 2015 winners and everyone who participated! We had more than 240 amazing entries, and judging was difficult. Click HERE to view the final results and an overview (and video) of some of the entries.
The public art reception of entries was on Sunday, April 19th from 1- 4 pm!
The full edition of the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum’s Technology Timeline iBook will be released in late 2015, when the upcoming contests in Avionics, Software, and Electronics are completed. The full price of the complete iBook will be $19.99. This first and preview edition iBook is on SALE for $9.99. Purchase this preview edition, and you will AUTOMATICALLY be updated and receive the final full version for FREE!
FEBRUARY 9th MEETING
Our February General Meeting speaker was Mark Hylkema, who has 33 years of experience teaching archeology and Native American culture. He gave a great presentation on Excavating the Castroville Mammoths that was attended by a packed house!
Here is a video of the first half hour of Mark Hylkema’s presentation on Excavating the Castroville Mammoths, recorded on February 9, 2015. If you have the bandwidth, you can change the settings to HD (high def) and expand to full screen.
Here was the FLYER for the event.
THANKS FOR A FANTASTIC 2014!
As we say goodbye to another year, we look back and see that 2014 was a busy year at the museum. We had multiple temporary exhibits and reception events, interesting speakers, an Antique Faire, two Victorian Teas, two garage sales and more. We educated nearly 1500 third graders during our hosted field trips, and we opened our doors to thousands of visitors for FREE! Our volunteers and donors made 2014 a banner year, thank you for your support!
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.
Members can decide to receive this full-color PDF via e-mail instead of via US Mail.
Or you can drop by the Museum Gift Shop and fill out the paperwork to join the society.
SUNNYVALE AUTHORS’ DAY
• Thanks to everyone who came to the Sunnyvale Authors’ Day at the Heritage Park Museum last year. It was a great event with a steady stream of book lovers who got to talk at length with the authors.
• Representatives from the Sunnyvale Public Library were on hand to interview some of the authors during Authors’ Day. This helped capture some of the interesting backgrounds of the authors and their books. These videos can now be found at the Sunnyvale Library YouTube Channel.
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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