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
This spring’s Victorian Teas will be April 23, 24 and May 1st at the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Historical Museum. You can start making reservations now by calling 408-749-0220 or visiting the museum when it is open, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-4 p.m.
Sports Special Exhibit
Our new exhibit in the upstairs rotating exhibit room will appeal to all sports fans out there. Sports in Sunnyvale and Silicon Valley commemorates the upcoming Super Bowl and is open now through the end of February.
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.
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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
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 2015 Events
2015 Holiday Display: History of Lighting from Candles to LED
Our holiday rotating exhibit was: The History of Lighting from Candles to LEDs.
Holiday Victorian Teas
This year’s Holiday Teas were December 5, 6, 12 & 13 at the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Historical Museum. Thank you to all who participated!
Craft Fair – Sunday, November 15
The Polish hedgehog (jeżyk) craft making class and a “Make and Take” activity taught by the Sunnyvale Lace Museum was a success! Thank you to all who participated. Click Here to see more photos.
Hendy-Westinghouse-Northrop Grumman 1906 to 2015
Fall Garage Sale – Saturday, October 17
Another successful fundraiser thanks to the many people who donated items and volunteered! Click Here to learn more about the museum biannual garage sales.
October 13th General Meeting
A big thank you to those who turned out for Mary Jo Ignoffo’s fascinating talk about oral histories! She provided many thought provoking antidotes about getting and preserving information. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session and then a door prize drawing. If you missed it, you can watch the entire meeting in 8 parts on this playlist on our museum You Tube channel:
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.
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!
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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