The Milpitas Historical Society was formed in 1980 by 79 residents of Milpitas who felt that much of our city’s historic heritage was in danger of being lost. Soon after the society was formed, it began to publish a monthly newsletter for members called The Milpitas Muse. The name came from the muses  of Greek Mythology, one of whom, Clio, is usually associated with history. The Milpitas Muse is available with a paid membership to the society, but some of the information, such as our monthly programs, is available on this website.

The goals of the society have not changed since 1980. Our members continue to seek out and record the history of Milpitas.For more information, please visit the About the Milpitas Historical Society page.

April 8 Meeting: Time in a Bottle?

We hope you can join us for the upcoming Historical Society meeting on Wednesday, April 8 at the Milpitas Library, for Tobin Gilman’s presentation of a special aspect of local history based on his recent book “19th Century San Jose in a Bottle.”

Love History?

History Park, located at the corner of Senter Road and Phelan Avenue in San Jose, contains History San Jose’s extensive collections, beautiful grounds and 27 historic buildings, which makes it a great place to visit. You can explore exhibits detailing the many cultures contributing to the original Santa Clara Valley towns that make up the Silicon Valley that we now inhabit. The relocated Pacific Hotel, shown below, houses the offices of History San Jose, a lovely gift shop, and is also a great place for lunch and ice cream at O’Brien’s Candy Store.

Upcoming events at History Park include:

  • Sunday, March 15, 2015, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    Lunar New Year Celebration
  • Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    21st Annual Spring Garden Market
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Slugs, Dingbats, & Tramp Printers! Printing in Santa Clara Valley Exhibit
  • Sunday, April 19, 2015 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Golden Gate Chapter Vintage Volkswagen Club of America 31st Annual VW Spring Meet