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.
Docent Laura Mello give a tour and talk about the exhibit of Ohlone Indian relics and reconstructions of Ohlone dwellings and boats that are displayed in the auditorium of the Nature Cent er. After the refuge tour, there will be a short walk through the refuge gardens and out to the floating dock. The trip is about 1/4 to 1/2 a mile on paths and is flat. For more information, including driving directions and carpooling reservations, please visit the Events 2015 page.
June 10 Meeting: Warm Springs
Our featured speaker will be Patricia Wipfli-Schaffarczyk, who will tell us about the history of the town of Warm Springs. Patricia Wipfli-Schaffarczyk is a historian at the Museum of Local History in Fremont and co-author of the Arcadia Press Images of America book about Warm Springs; she has many interesting tales to show and tell about the once-famous resort town of Warm Springs, one of the five communities that banded together in 1956 to form the city of Fremont. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 10th at 7 pm in the Community Room (auditorium) of the Milpitas Library, 160 N. Main Street. For more information, please visit the Meetings 2015 page.
Milpitas Community Tour on June 20
The Milpitas Historical Society’s annual community tour will be held on Saturday, June 20, this year. The tour starts with docents recalling life on Main Street, Milpitas’s historic downtown area, then jumps to visit the Silva Apricot Ranch on Piedmont Road where we learn how apricots at this last remaining apricot orchard in our city are processed (with an opportunity to buy fresh local apricots at their peak), and it finishes up with a tour of the Higuera Adobe and Park, where you can stay for your own picnic lunch if you like and chat with fellow Milpitas residents and visitors.
The itinerary of the tour’s locations and meeting times for each place will be sent out in a bulletin to Society members in mid-June and will be available to everyone else through an announcement in the Milpitas Post. The tour is free and open to all.
New Discoveries About California’s First People: September 9
And please don’t forget to come back again for our first fall meeting on Wednesday, September 9, at which archeologist Mark Hylkma will tell us of new discoveries about California’s First People that have been made in the Castroville area.