Onizuika Air Force Base and the Blue Cube Lecture
The Saratoga Historical Foundation presents in its lecture series, "Onizuka Air Force Base and the Blue Cube" by Author Joseph T. Page II on October 25 at 7:00 PM on Zoom. For nearly
five decades, some of the United States military's most secretive operations were conducted out of a collection of nondescript buildings in Sunnyvale, California. The installation was
known by a variety of names in its early years: Satellite Test Center, Air Force Satellite Control Facility, the "Blue Cube," and Sunnyvale Air Force Station. In July 1986, the
facility was renamed Onizuka Air Force Base after Col. Ellison S. Onizuka, the first Asian American astronaut, who was killed during the space shuttle Challenger accident. The location
was selected due to its proximity to Lockheed Missiles and Space Company's Sunnyvale facilities and supported early satellite reconnaissance programs.
Joe Page, a self-described author, historian and explorer has a Bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University and was in the US Air Force as a Missile Combat Crew Commander.
He has written five books including Onizuka Air Force Base, Vandenberg Air Force Base, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico Space Trail and Space Launch Complex 10: Vandenberg's
Cold War National Landmark.
Join us for a free lecture on Zoom. Click on the link or call 408-867-4311 for more information.
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Celebrate National Grandparents Day- An Exhibit for Sharing Memories
Although Grandparents day is September 12-- the Saratoga History Museum is celebrating all month and October, too with a special exhibit. Museums provide a great excuse to spend time
with friends and family members. Bring a favorite child and talk about the items in the special exhibit-- reminisce about a favorite memory and connect with your child or friend.
The exhibit contains a range of items from 1910 to the present that will prompt your memories. Do you remember your first radio? Come to the museum and bring your child, parent or
grandparent! The free exhibit includes a form you can take with you to jot down your memories.
The Saratoga History museum is located at 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road in Saratoga. The museum is open from 1-4 PM on Friday, 10-4 PM on Saturday, and 1-4 PM on Sunday.
Blacksmith Exhibit Scheduled to Open 2022
A new blacksmith exhibit will open in 2022 demonstrating the work a blacksmith of the 1850s would have handled. Interactivity and sound effects will add to the ambience. 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, the 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 and your name will be on a plaque on the outside of the exhibit)-- send your contribution
c/0 Saratoga Historical Foundation
PO Box 172
Saratoga, CA 95071
Your donation is tax deductible.
"Riding the Rails"-- exhibit on the Peninsular Interurban
Come see the exhibit, "Riding the Rails" which will run through October at the Saratoga History Museum. One of the highlights of the exhibit is a rare, restored
Interurban passenger stop.
The Interurban was part of a technological breakthrough in the early 1900s across the US. At that time paved roads were uncommon and automobiles were still a twinkle in Henry Ford's eye.
Railroads did not service many of the small towns so the Interurban provided a convenient, economical service. The Peninsular Interurban connected San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga,
Campbell and Palo Alto using rail and electricity. The sleek, red cars ran every hour and every 2 hours in the evening. The exhibit will include many photos and artifacts from that
timeframe on the interurban. The Interurban Stop which provided passenger comfort is believed to be the sole one in Northern California. The passenger stop was located near
Nippon Mura, a popular resort at that time and located on Saratoga-Los Gatos Road.
The Saratoga History Museum is located at 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road in Saratoga. The museum is open from 1-4 Friday, 10-4 on Saturday and 1-4 on Sunday. Admission is free.
For more information call 408-867-4311.
Calling Out from the Past: the Odd Fellows Home in California
Two speakers will tell the story of how IOOF came to California and started a home for its aging members. The program is hosted by the Saratoga Historical Foundation and IOOF and
will take place on September 27 at 7:00 PM on Zoom. Peter V. Sellars will give the history of the IOOF, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal and civic organization,
dating to the 1700s. Rita Cooper will talk about the Saratoga Retirement Community. The property was originally called Oakwood Farm and owned by the Dexter Family, then purchased
by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in 1906 for $16,500. Well known architect Ralph Warren Hart designed the main building for the Order in 1912. The formal gardens were designed
by noted landscape architect John McLaren, a member of the Order.
For more information go up to www.saratogahistory.com or call 408-867-4311.
Join Zoom Meeting on September 27 at 7:00 PM
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Take Part in Our Survey
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Let's Stroll to Saratoga in the 1950's
Take a moment and look at what was happening in Saratoga during the 1950's. Do you remember the corner drug store? walking to school? Seeing orchards and orchards of trees?
If you have some photos of the 1950's in Saratoga, please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org-- we'll add them to our stroll. So, come on!
"Come, let's stroll
Stroll across the floor
Come, let's stro-oh-oh-oll
Stroll across the floor"
Click on the link and stroll back in time.