Honoring Saratogans Held May 22; 4:30-6:30pm
The Saratoga Historical Foundation is holding a dinner, “Honoring Saratogans” on Sunday May 22 from 4:30-6:30 PM. The event includes a catered buffet dinner and music. The event will be held at the Foothill Club located at 20399 Park Place in Saratoga.

The event will honor Saratogans who have made significant contributions in the areas of community service, local history, and service. According to Saratoga Historical Foundation President Annette Stransky, “This dinner is one way we can recognize and celebrate the contributions made by individuals from all walks of life, across a range of areas that improves the community in which we live. It is a great way to thank these people who through hard work and dedication, have significantly contributed to the community.” This year’s honorees include Bob Cancellieri , Ernie Kraule, and Betty Peck.

Cost to attend, is $45 for SHF members; $50 for nonmembers. Send check to: Honoring Saratoga/PO Box 172 in Saratoga, CA 95070 or call 408-867-4311.

Flash: How Silicon Valley Provided the Foundation for Mobile Computing
Two Saratogans will share their views on the mobile computing revolution on May 25 when Berg Software Design President and popular speaker Brian Berg will describe Silicon Valley history that led to flash memory's enabling the mobile computing revolution. He will also interview SanDisk founder Dr. Eli Harari. The presentation will begin at 7:30—potluck at 6:30 PM at the Foothill Club at 20399 Park Place in Saratoga, CA. Members attend the lecture for free; nonmembers, $5.00 donation.

New Exhibit on Pioneers of Santa Cruz Mountains and Sanborn Park
Parks preserve nature’s diversity and provide a wealth of information—geology, plants, animals, history – in addition to beautiful scenery. A new exhibit, Pioneers of Santa Cruz Mountains and Sanborn Park opens February 12-June 26--enables you to imagine what the land looked like before it became Sanborn Park. You’ll get a glimpse of the pioneers who eked a living out of unfriendly ground. Some remnants of their life still exist in the park. And you’ll see the master plan for the present—and the future of the park. Sanborn Park is the fifth largest park in the Santa Clara County. It opened in the 1970’s. Located on Sanborn Road just off Highway 9, the lushly wooded park of over 3,688 acres, is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard. The museum is open from 1-4 PM Friday-Sunday. Admittance is free.

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The Saratoga Historical Foundation is now on the AmazonSmile list. Visit www.amazonsmile.com when you want to purchase an item and select the Saratoga Historical Foundation, by doing so, .5% of your purchase will be donated to the Saratoga Historical Foundation. No extra cost to you-- it is part of a program initiated by Amazon to give back to the community.

The South Skyline Story—New Book
The Saratoga History Museum gift shop has added a new book: The South Skyline Story by Janet Schwind and the Skyline Historical Society. The South Skyline region runs along Skyline Boulevard and includes parts of three counties: San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara. The 232 page book includes historic photos, maps and stories of residents from the Ohlone Indians through the present day. According to author Janet Schwind, “Upon opening the book you will follow the paths of the native Ohlone peoples; experience the rugged life in the logging camps, mills and ranches. Learn how the crude trails, dusty ranch and private roads of the ridge properties through four different counties were connected by the building of the boulevard, in spite of the daunting impediments of politics and financial difficulties.

Moving at a lively pace the book covers the various activities of timber harvesting, the search for oil, recreation, and agriculture, followed later by the development of communes, communities and organizations. It will provide great insight into the history of the area we call “home”.

Plans for a New Blacksmith Exhibit
The recorded sounds of a blacksmith forge might ring in the hills as the Saratoga Historical Foundation raises funds to convert an existing outside area into an interactive blacksmith exhibit. The blacksmith exhibit ties into the nearby 1850’s McWilliams House because the owner, James McWilliams was Saratoga’s second blacksmith.

The blacksmith exhibit will house tools and items normally worked on by a blacksmith. Some interactivity and possibly sound effects will be available. Also planned is a nonfunctional outhouse—as part of the turn of the century theme of all the structures in the Saratoga Historical Park. All the structures—McWilliams House, one-room schoolhouse, museum, and soon the blacksmith exhibit are used to teach pioneer living as well as Saratoga’s rich history.

If you would like to contribute to this exhibit ($5000 contribution and higher will be part of a plaque on the outside of the exhibit), please send your contribution to: Blacksmith Exhibit, c/o Saratoga Historical Foundation, PO Box 172, Saratoga, CA 95071. Your donation is tax deductible.

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  • 2016 Upcoming Events
  • Apr 21 SHF board of directors, 5-7 PM
  • May 19 SHF board of directors, 5-7 PM
  • May 22 Honoring Saratogans, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • May 25 How Silicon Valley Provided the Foundation for Mobile Computing lecture, 7:30 PM

Tell Us About Your Saratoga!
The Saratoga Historical Foundation collects memories and information about Saratoga places, people and more. Please complete the form HERE and help us add to our records! Thank you.

Some Free Things To Do!
Get in touch with local history by taking our historic landmark walking tour, bicycling the historic house tour, and walking around our historic garden with a self-guided tour.

Get out your camera and your walking shoes! The Saratoga Historical Foundation offers docent-led walking tours or you can download the tour and take a self-guided one. The docent-led tours last about 60 minutes with lots of easy walking. Meet your fellow “time travellers” and get some exercise at the same time. Make an appointment today by calling 408-867-4311 and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the history of your community.

Forget about driving and bicycle our historic house tour. See over 30 heritage homes on this self-guided bicycle tour. Want just a little exercise? Walk the historic garden in the Saratoga Historical Park—a copy of the self-guided tour is available outside near the Museum door or by downloading. The plants look different with each season so there is reason to return again and again. Find out how Native American children used ferns.

The walking tour, historic house bicycle tour, and the garden tour maps can be downloaded from this site.

Speaker Available
If you are in need of a speaker on history and local Saratoga history—contact Saratoga Historical Foundation Historian Ray Cosyn. Cosyn has developed the following presentations—most 30-40 minutes in length with quality slides using historic images:

  • Saratoga: A Lumber Town, traces the history of Saratoga from the Ohlone’s to the present historic village. The excitement of the once rollicking lumber town to the battle for incorporation is of interest to every Saratogan.
  • The Interurban Railway, yearn for the days of a trip by rail to San Jose or Palo Alto on the sleek Interurban Railway? The mass transit train, carrying packages and people, once quietly traveled the Santa Clara Valley.
  • Prohibition—sit back and enjoy hearing about the driest town in the valley – a period of time that lasted over 40 years. Interesting stories about the effect of Prohibition on the local wineries (including Paul Masson) will make you smile.
  • Lincoln’s Funeral Train- miracles and sadness traveled with the death of Present Abraham Lincoln as his funeral train made it’s last journey.
  • Flying Tigers – find out more about these intrepid Americans who fought an air war prior to WWII for freedom in China.
The presentations are appropriate for groups of all ages. Cosyn has given presentations to those interested in the Civil War, railroads, winemakers, high schools, as well as local history and other organizations. If you are interested in having Cosyn speak before your organization, you can contact him HERE. More information on lectures HERE.

Community Service
Saratoga High School students looking to fulfill community service requirements can contact Linda Hagelin at the Saratoga History Museum. Please e-mail HERE with the date you can work. The museum is open Friday-Saturday and Sunday from 1-4PM.

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