COVID-19 Response:

Beginning July 2 the Saratoga History Museum, McWilliams House, and one-room schoolhouse will return to normal operating hours. Normal operating hours are being open from 1-4 PM on Friday and Sunday and open 10-4 PM on Saturday. According to County guidelines a mask must to worn indoors as of August and even if you have been vaccinated.

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. Free admission.

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 to:

Blacksmith Exhibit
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.

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Free Activities

Explore our Pioneer Living program for 3rd-5th grades, and take a walk around Saratoga to spot Bats and Other Wildlife using these pictures.

Pioneer Living.

Bats and Other Wildlife in Saratoga.


Join or DonateJoin or Renew your Membership Today! Or make a Donation!

Support local history and the museum today. The Saratoga Historical Foundation invites you to join, renew your membership or make a dontaion today.

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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 info@saratogahistory.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.

The Saratoga Historical Foundation Museum
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  • 2021 Upcoming Events
  • Zoom Lectures:
    • Sept. 27 - History of the IOOF/Saratoga Retirement Community
    • Oct 25 - Onizuka Air Force Base/Blue Cube
    • Nov 17 - Riding the Rails - the Interurban Rail

    • All lectures start at 7:00PM

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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 and Sunday from 1-4PM, Saturday from 10PM to 4PM.


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, which are 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 travelled with the death of Present Abraham Lincoln as his funeral train made it's last journey.
  • The Flying Tigers, officially known as the First American Volunteer Group, were American pilots who fought in the Chinese Air Force during World War II between 1941 and 1942.
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.

Visit the Museum Gift Shop

We've just added the new, "For the Love of Apricots" cookbook to the gift shop. Perfect as a gift or for you! This locally-written cookbook combines memories of the Valley of Heart's Delight plus tasty recipes.

The Museum Gift Shop has copies of the hard to find Florence Cunningham's "Saratoga's First Hundred Years" along with over 20 other books on local history, postcards, notecards and more.

The gift shop is open Friday and Sunday from 1-4 PM and on Saturdays from 10AM-4PM.


Support the Saratoga Historical Foundation with AmazonSmile

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.

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