Past Events

Here is an archive of some of our past special events at the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum.  Regular events, such as the Antique Faires and Victorian Teas are listed on their own pages.


June 25, 2017 YugoSlavian Orcharists of Sunnyvale Recognition Event

Click Here for photos of the event.

June 12, 2017 General Meeting

Our guest speaker was Alan Leventhal, a professor at San José State University and archaeologist, anthropologist and ethnohistorian who has worked with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe for the past 37 years. He discussed the tribe’s many ties to the Bay Area. Click Here for photos and a video recording of the talk.

February 13, 2017 General Meeting


At our general meeting Monday, February 13, Kristin Dance, who works for the City of Sunnyvale, gave a presentation on the public art in Sunnyvale.

If you missed it, you can watch the presentation on this playlist on our museum You Tube channel. Click on the play button in the next photo to start watching.




June 6, 2016 – General Meeting

Elizabeth Yuba Murphy Taaffe Dec 1, 1844 - May 18, 1875

Elizabeth Yuba Murphy Taaffe
Dec 1, 1844 – May 18, 1875

This meeting topic was: The History of the Taaffe Family. Linda Taaffe and her niece, Erika Blair, shared 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.

February 8, 2016 – General Meeting

California Prairie Architecture Book Cover

California Prairie Architecture book cover

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.


November 15, 2015 – Craft Fair

2015 Craft Fair Lace ClassThe Polish hedgehog (jeżyk) craft making class held at the museum last year was so popular that we decided to do it again, this time offering two classes—the Polish hedgehog class and a “Make and Take” activity taught by the Sunnyvale Lace Museum.  Click Here for more photos.

October 13, 2015 – General Meeting

Mary Jo IgnoffoMary Jo Ignoffo gave a presentation 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.  Click on the play button in the next photo to start watching.



June 9, 2015 – General Meeting

Cheryl Anne Stapp

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!

Cheryl Anne Stapp

February 9, 2015 – General 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 (click on link to see the flyer) 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.

November 14, 2014 – Craft Fair

porcupineA Polish hedgehog (jeżyk) craft making class held at the museum.

October 13, 2014 – General Meeting

Gary Noy - October General Meeting

March 2, 2014 – Depression Exhibit Reception

DepressionReception-12We had a special reception at the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Historical Museum for our “Memories of the Great Depression” exhibit.  There was an expanded exhibit in the upstairs Event Room with even more artifacts from our archives. We had 1930s themed refreshments the local band The Stargeezers played music from the era. Click Here for more reception photos.

July 14, 2013 – Sunnyvale Authors’ Day

Authors Day Mosaic (Author Day Flyer) 

• 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.

August 25-26, 2012 – Centennial Celebration

Centennial Logo• 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)


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