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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.

Jo Mora: Artist of the West: January 14, 2015

Our first meeting of 2015 will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 14, in the Auditorium (Community Room) of the Milpitas Library, 160 North Main Street.
Our featured speaker will be our Milpitas Historical Society President, Roger Skuse, who will show and tell the story of Jo Mora (1876-1947), the Uruguayan-born cowboy, illustrator, artist, sculptor, photographer and writer who lived with the Hopi and whose art, writing, and documentation of the American West and Native American Culture have become invaluable piece of the history of our country. Among other local examples of his work is the dramatic Sphinx at the front of the San Jose Athletic Club (formerly the Scottish Rite Temple) at 196 North Third Street in San Jose.

Roger will show several of the treasured pieces of art that Jo Mora created (and a pair of chaps that belonged to him), as well as a few beautiful historic rarities from our gold rush forward, also representing the Spanish and Mexican traditions of our area.

Please join us to hear the stories and see these treasures of Western art. Meetings are free and all are welcome.