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Winter 2019 Special Exhibit
Our upstairs rotating exhibit this winter is, Communications before Technology. Much of the technology being developed here in Silicon Valley is all about communication: instant, distributable to the masses, easy. But how did people wish one another a happy birthday or let their family know that they would be visiting soon fifty, a hundred, a hundred and fifty years ago? The museum’s new exhibit will answer those questions. You will see letters written by the Taaffe twins (Mattie and Molly, Elizabeth Yuba Murphy Taaffe’s daughters) and learn how postal worker Joe Stanich hung Sunnyvale’s outgoing mail pouch on a tall crane at Murphy’s Station, the pouch to be grabbed by someone on the passing train. You will be able to refresh your memories of a Walkman, typewriters, a calculator that is NOT part of your phone, IBM punch cards, and much more!
This special exhibit will be open from January 22nd to the end of May.
April 6, 2019 – Spring Garage Sale
Mark your calendar for our next fundraiser garage sale! We always accept DONATIONS, so keep us in mind all year as you find things of value that you no longer need. Suggested donation items are: tools, decorations, jewelry, furniture and kitchen items. You can bring donations to the museum whenever we are open, Sundays, Tuesday and Thursdays from Noon – 4pm. The garage sale itself will be at 795 South Wolfe Road, Sunnyvale, CA (closest cross street is Iris Avenue).
April 27-28, 2019 – Spring Victorian Teas
A formal, Victorian tea will please and delight all your senses. Come and enjoy assorted tea sandwiches and sweets complete with all the trimmings. Arrive by 2 P.M. Space is limited, so you must reserve in advance. Come by the museum store when it is open (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, 12-4pm) or give us a call (408-749-0220) to reserve your space at a table. Or Click Here for a printable form.
Museum’s proposed Lockheed / Blue Cube Exhibit and Sunnyvale Research Library
The mission of the Sunnyvale Historical Society is to preserve, teach, and protect items pertaining to the history of our community. The Museum is looking to expand in order to build a much-needed historical research library and create a permanent exhibit on the Blue Cube and Lockheed Missile programs – both important parts of Sunnyvale history as well as national history. Please contact the museum if you have momentos or stories to share.
The Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association has taken into consideration how this project may temporarily impact Orchard Heritage Park. The Orchard, located next to the Heritage Park Museum, is respected as a valuable part of the community and Sunnyvale’s living history. Preserving the integrity and heritage of The Orchard Heritage Park, and maintaining the ten-acre site is important to The Sunnyvale Historical Society, so it can also be enjoyed by many generations to come. The 1600 sq. ft addition may impact 6 to 10 apricot trees, all of which will be replaced in other areas of the orchard. There will be no net loss of trees.
Entryway Construction Completed
A new, grand entrance has been created to welcome visitors to our museum building. Delays in construction have pushed the celebration to 2019, so please join us on September 28th for a dedication of the new outdoor exhibits and a “Ten Plus One” anniversary event. Click Here to see the 2018 demolition and remodeling photos.
Past 2019 Events
February 11, 2019 – General Meeting
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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.