September 28th marked eleven years since the museum was first opened, and the Sunnyvale Historical Society celebrated in style! Even before the party started at 11:00am, visitors were streaming in through the open gates and enjoying the offerings. A number of ensembles provided a variety of musical styles, from Celtic folk to Chinese harps and a Calliope, drawing crowds of listeners. Local organizations engaged visitors with presentations of printing using a hand press, spinning wool, telling stories of pioneer life, and much, much more, starting with historical themes and going into modern times with robotics demonstrations.
Volunteers at the information booth talked about the Historical Society and docents inside the museum gave tours to interested groups. It was busy all day long! Members of the Taaffe family were impressed by the extensive family history fan chart the experts from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had provided, and Sisters and Elders were at hand to explain it.
We are so lucky to have such a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers who planned and staged this event for a whole year and ran it flawlessly. Several other organizations were ready to help and support us on the day of the party!
How many volunteers did it take to make this event happen?
- 48 museum volunteers
- 60+ volunteers from scout troop 466 (40 scouts and 20 adults)
- 24 Fremont High School robotics students
- 6 costumed ladies in period clothing
- 13 Sisters and Elders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- 3 volunteers from the Lace Museum
- 3 volunteers from Serendipity Spinners
- 2 volunteers for the Calliope
- 8 Chinese harpists
- 2 musicians in the Celtic Band
- 1 printer
- 2 volunteers from the Hendy Iron Works Museum
- 2 volunteers from Mountain Charlie
- 5 volunteers from the Watercolor Society
We are so grateful to all the stalwart museum volunteers and members of supporting organizations for their help with this beautiful community celebration!