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 According to County guidelines wearing masks are optional and social distancing are no longer in effect.

"Remembering the Flying Tigers" Zoom lecture on August 23

According to Saratoga Historical Foundation Historian Ray Cosyn, "What most Americans know about the Flying Tigers is what the movie starring John Wayne said on the subject. But there is so much more to the story. The Chinese-American community knows the Flying Tigers as a continuing effort by the American Air Corp in China that lasted throughout World War II. The heroic ventures of the American Expeditionary Force (Flying Tigers) and the 7th Air Force, kept the Japanese on the run. The Air Corp flew the hump to resupply China, and Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, which ended in China, had a major effect on Japanese home island defense."

SHF historian Ray Cosyn will cover these efforts and position the Flying Tigers in his lecture as a force which prevailed against the Japanese and as a result kept China in the war to its end.

"Remembering the Flying Tigers" is sponsored by the Saratoga Historical Foundation and the Organization of Chinese American Women/Silicon Valley.

Join the Lecture on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 830 2531 2462
Passcode: 917943

Ribbon Cutting, Re-Opening the Museum -- Come See Us July 11

The Saratoga History museum will have a ribbon cutting, lecture, and more on July 11 to celebrate the re-opening of the museum. The event will take place from 1:30 to 4:00 PM. SHF Historian Ray Cosyn will give a lecture on "Ridin' the Rails" at 2:00 PM. Bill Peck will read a poem about the Interurban Rail as part of the event. After the lecture, a ribbon cutting for the Interurban Passenger Stop will be conducted with the Mayor of Saratoga, Yan Zhao. The 100 year old Passenger Stop was donated by the Willys Peck family. People can enjoy free admission to the museum, McWilliams House and one-room schoolhouse. The current exhibit covers the history of the Interurban rail inside the Museum.

The Interurban Rail served as a bridge between horse-drawn carriages and the automobile and ran from 1903-1934. The rail connected local towns such as San Jose, Campbell, Los Gatos, Palo Alto and Cupertino.

The Saratoga History Museum closed in March of 2020 due to COVID. The facilities will be back to normal operating hours starting July 2. The normal hours are Friday and Sunday from 1-4 and Saturday from 10-4. Free admission. The museum will be closed on Sunday July 4 due to the holiday.

The museum is located at 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road in Saratoga. 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 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.

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.

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Recorded lecture videos

"Poverty of Affluence" Lecture Recording Available
A Recording of the July 26 lecture "Poverty of Affluence" is available on YouTube at this link.

"Poverty of Affluence"

You can watch this video, along with past lectures and presentations at the Saratoga Historical Foundation's YouTube channel.

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.

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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