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.
At our next meeting, our Society’s Treasurer, Joe Ehardt, will speak to us about the most exciting thing that was happening in the Bay Area 100 years ago: the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE).
Joe Ehardt’s presentation will contains over 100 images of vintage posters, postcards, and photographs to recreate the extraordinary event that tourists from the entire nation attended. About 250,000 people came on opening day of the Exposition and over 400,000 people attended its closing day.
You won’t want to miss this meeting on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 pm, in the Community Room (auditorium) of the Milpitas Library, 160 N. Main Street. Admission is free and all are welcome. Please join us.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the grape strike led by farm labor organizer Larry Itliong, the forgotten hero of the United Farm Workers Movement, the “Delano Manongs” documentary will be shown at the Milpitas Community Center, 457 E Calaveras Blvd., on Saturday, October 10, 2-5 pm, followed by music, dances, songs and more from 6 to 8 pm. This film tells the story of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labor movement’s finest hours – The Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW).
A special director’s cut of “The Milpitas Monster, a cult horror film made in 1972-76 in Milpitas by our own Bob Burrill, and starring local high school students, public officials, and public safety officers, will be shown at the Century Theaters in the Great Mall on Friday, October 30, at 7 pm.