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
General Meeting – June 6, 2016
The next museum general meeting will be Monday, June 6, starting at 7:30 P.M. in our upstairs Event Room. Our speakers will be Linda Taaffe and her niece, Erika, who will share their family’s story over seven generations beginning with how the Taaffe family members met up with Martin and Mary Murphy, how the families made and lost fortunes, survived fires and recessions, experienced the destruction of the 1906 earthquake, and evolved the family business to make way for an influx of settlers.
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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 new mural in Murphy Park showing 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 2016 Events
Decades of Dress
Our rotating special exhibit Decades of Dress, highlighting representative dresses and suits from the past, ran from March through May, 2016
Spring Garage Sale – May 21, 2016
Thank you for all who donated items or attended our Garage Sale.
Solar Panel Installation
Solar panel installation on the backside of the museum roof began on February 20, 2016. The work was performed by SunWork, a non-profit solar company that uses trained volunteers. The museum board decided to use solar panels to help offset the rising cost of power used by the air conditioners, which are required to preserve the museum’s artifacts. The Sunnyvale City Council unanimously approved the project at its Jan. 5 meeting. Click Here for more installation photos and videos.
Sports Special Exhibit
Our winter exhibit in the upstairs rotating exhibit room was Sports in Sunnyvale and Silicon Valley which commemorated the Super Bowl held this year near here.
General Meeting Feb. 8th: Wolfe’s Prairie-style Buildings
On Monday, February 8, 2016, Krista Van Laan gave a presentation based on her book Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture. The book showcases more than 40 of Wolfe’s Prairie-style buildings and tells the stories of their fascinating owners. Wolfe’s clients were the pioneers that helped build and influence Santa Clara County and Frank Wolfe was the architect who was able to give them something special. Van Laan will touch on the various styles Wolfe popularized during his 35-year career, giving special attention to the many Wolfe buildings in Sunnyvale, where his architecture played a particularly important role in the early days of Sunnyvale’s development.
If you missed it, you can watch the entire meeting in 4 parts on this playlist on our museum You Tube channel. Click on the play button in the next photo to start watching.
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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