Upcoming Events

June 10, 2019 – General Meeting, 7PM Starting Time

California’s Historic El Camino Real Bells

Mission BellJohn Kolstad will relate the history of El Camino Real, as well as the history of the bells, how the bells are made, and the fascinating story of how the California Bell Company (originally founded in the 1900s) was brought back to life. The plan had been to place one bell along each mile of the highway called El Camino Real, in front of each mission, and also at selected historical landmarks. By 1913, the goal of placing 450 bells was reached. One bell was placed in front of each mission and the balance were placed along the El Camino Real highway. Since then over 586 bells have been replaced on the 101 highway. The bell gracing the new entrance to the museum is dated 1906. It was originally placed on El Camino Real near Mary Avenue in Sunnyvale.

Kolstad is the owner of the California Bell Company. For more information go to www.saratogahistory.com or call 408-867-4311. The lecture is free and open to the general public.

June – October, 2019 –  Historic Downtown Sunnyvale Exhibit

Murphy Street Scene

Murphy Street Scene
sculpture by John Battenberg
Orchard Heritage Park

A look at Sunnyvale from “Murphy’s Station” to the Fifties.

In the horse-and-buggy days of the 1860s settlement known at the time as Murphy’s Station, Main Street (now Murphy Avenue) was a dirt road leading to the railroad stop. the first store held windows for the post office, the drugstore, and the general store, respectively.

The museum’s new exhibit includes a series of photographs and maps depicting the slow growth and development of the early downtown, as well as artifacts from the first businesses lining Main Street and the railroad tracks. The display shows tools from the first veterinary office, the first morgue services, items from Del Monte’s cannery, Ryan’s Hotel, Tao Tao’s, the Kirkish store, and much more.

This exhibit opens June 23rd and will run through October 20th.

September 28, 2019 – Anniversary Celebration

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.


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