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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.
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
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
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
Our 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
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.
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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 .
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.