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.
Milpitas’s 60th Anniversary Year!
2014 is the year that marks Milpitas’s 60th birthday! A year of events and special programs for the community are planned beginning with the Milpitas 60th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Barbara Lee Senior Center followed by the unveiling of a 16-foot bronze statue of the “Minute Man” on the front lawn of Milpitas City Hall. The idea for the statue was taken from the city’s official seal; the “Minute Man” was chosen to be on the city’s seal after a small group of Milpitas citizens calling themselves “The Minute Men” fought off annexation attempts from San Jose in the early 1960s.
The following day, Sunday, January 26, a Family Day will be held from 1 to 4 pm at the Civic Center. City commissions and various city departments and organizations, including the Milpitas Historical Society, will be sponsoring booths and local entertainment to contribute to this family-fun event. One of the features to be provided will be the historic jailhouse or “hoosegow” that used to be in the Frontier Days parades that Milpitas had in the 60’s and 70’s. People will be able to have their pictures taken with the jail, and perhaps make contributions to the Society.