Past 2018 Events

Spring 2018 – Hats in Sunnyvale

Our current rotating exhibit is Hats in Sunnyvale! This special exhibit is on display through early June.


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.

January 29, 2018 – General Meeting

Jeanne MacVicar

Jeanne MacVicar

Guest speaker Jeanne MacVicar gave a first hand narrative on the Orphan Train Program. The Orphan Train Movement was the largest mass migration of children in American history. It lasted from 1854 to 1929 and it is estimated that over 250,000 children were moved from orphanages in New York City to rural areas in the United States. It was the genesis of the modern day foster care system and the brain child of Charles Loring Brace, a Methodist minister and social activist. This “placing out” was an attempt to find homes for the urban poor and children were transported on “orphan trains” to be selected by people in rural areas. Jeanne’s Great-Aunt Adeline Rousseau Trowbridge arrived in Clyde, Kansas on the Orphan Train in 1911. She was taken in by Jeanne’s Great-Grandparents George and Sarah Trowbridge at the age of 3 and is buried in the Clyde cemetery.

Winter 2018 – History of the Canneries in Sunnyvale

Libby Water Tower 1930 design

Libby Water Tower 1930 design

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.






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