Free Zoom Lecture on July 26 - "Poverty of Affluence"
Continuing a series of lectures on local history, the Saratoga Historical Foundation presents David Mariani, the author of
"Poverty of Affluence", the inside story of Silicon Valley taking root in the Valley of Heart's Delight or Santa Clara Valley. The
talk will be given on July 26 at 7:00 PM on Zoom. Mariani's talk will provide a glimpse into the lives of four generations of the
Mariani family, pioneers in the development of quality dried fruit, who witnessed the valley as an agrarian community become the
famous high-tech mecca of the world. The talk is co-sponsored by the Sunnyvale Heritage Park and Museum.
David W. Mariani, Board Chair, earned his BA from the University of San Francisco with both undergraduate and postgraduate work at
Santa Clara University. Mr. Mariani served on 27 corporate boards. His service includes but not limited to private corporate boards,
industry agency boards, and public boards. His professional career includes agri-business, venture capital, real estate development,
and private and public banking. He is the author of two books.
For more information call 408-867-4311 or go to www.saratogahistory.com.
Join the Lecture on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 811 0901 8550
"Quest For Flight" Lecture Recording Available
"Quest for Flight"
A Recording of the May 24 lecture "Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West" is available on YouTube at this link.
"Bringing Spain to California" Lecture Recording Available
"Bringing Spain To California"
A Recording of the April 26 lecture "Bringing Spain to California: the Bernal Experience" is available on YouTube at this link.
"The Olive in California" Lecture Recording Available
"The Olive in California"
A Recording of the March 29 lecture "The Olive in California" is available on YouTube at this link.
Free Zoom Lecture on June 28
Love of Apricots and Memories of the Santa Clara Valley
Author Lisa Newman will take you on a journey covering apricots and memories of growing up in the Santa Clara
Valley on June 28 at 7:00PM on Zoom. Both the Saratoga Historical Foundation and the Cupertino History Museum will be
sponsoring the free presentation. In the 1960s, orchards still covered much of the hilly fringe of the Santa Clara
Valley. Newman grew up in Saratoga and began to cultivate relationships with the remaining orchardists and to learn
about the area. She transferred some of that information into a cookbook and blog. Newman studied Land Resources
Planning at Stanford University and received a Master's Degree in Land Use and Environmental Planning from
UC Berkeley. A popular speaker, the presentation promises to be a sentimental journey.
For more information call 408-867-4311 or go up to www.saratogahistory.com.
Meeting ID: 817 4399 2840
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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 email@example.com-- 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.
Riding the Rails"-- new exhibit opens on the Peninsular Interurban
A new exhibit, "Riding the Rails" opens on January 10 and runs through April 26 at the Saratoga History Museum. One of the highlights of the exhibit is a restored Interurban passenger stop.
The interurban was in use from 1903-1933 and provided a transportation solution for enabling travelling between the cities of San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell, and Palo Alto.
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, Campbell and Palo Alto using rail and electricity. The sleek, red cars ran every hour and every 2 hours in the evening. The clanging of the trolley lured passengers to travel in comfort at 30 mph for dentist appointments in San Jose, to attend school at Stanford University, or go to Congress Springs for recreation. The cost to ride from Saratoga to San Jose was .35 cents or about 3 cents per mile. Prior to this service residents would travel by horse and buggy which could take up to an hour alone to reach San Jose from Saratoga. In the spring 65-mile long blossom tours brought people to Santa Clara Valley to enjoy the wonderful scent and see nine million blossoming trees for just $1.00. The Interurban could also be used to haul freight such as: oil, fruit, gravel and other cargo.
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.
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, 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 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.