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Feb 15: Annual Officers and Directors Installation Dinner

February Installation Dinner

Instead of a regular meeting in February, the Milpitas Historical Society will hold its annual Officers and Directors Installation Dinner at the Summitpointe Golf Course Restaurant on Thursday, February 15, at 6:30 pm.

The presentation at the banquet this year will be about the place of stagecoaches in California history, presented by Cheryl Anne Stapp, author of the recent book, The Stagecoach in Northern California: Rough Rides, Gold Camps & Daring Drivers.

Cheryl Anne Stapp also has written Before the Gold Rush: The Sinclairs of Rancho del Paso, 1840-1849; Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past; and Disaster and Triumph: Sacramento Women, from the Gold Rush through the Civil War.

Members will be receiving their official invitation to this event in January.

Jan 10 Meeting: California’s Oldest Historical Society!

The election of the officers and directors will be held at the regular meeting of the Milpitas Historical Society at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

ECV1850 at the City of San Jose Veteran's Day Parade
ECV1850 at the City of San Jose Veteran’s Day Parade
The Milpitas Historical Society’s first meeting on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 will provide an explanation and fun history of E Clampus Vitus, probably the oldest (and wettest!) historical society in the American West. This meeting will take place at 6:30 pm (now our regular time) in the Multipurpose Room (Auditorium) of the Milpitas Library, 160 North Main Street.

Our speaker will be Chris Costanza, from the local Mountain Charlie chapter (ECV 1850) of this organization. The early history of E Clampus Vitus (ECV) is unclear, and there are many colorful legends surrounding it, but both legend and scholars agree that the group was founded in 1849. Historian Lois Rather suggests that the order originally came from the Southern states before being carried to California during the Gold Rush.

The organization is said to have been taken to California by an ECV member named Joe Zumwalt, who first heard of it in Missouri. Zumwalt opened an ECV lodge in Mokelumne Hill in 1851, when Mokelumne Hill Lodge No. 1001 was established.

Our speaker will give us the most updated history and the subsequent accomplishments (and they are many) of this (very) historical organization.

Please join us for this informative presentation and stay for treats and conversation afterwards. Meetings are free and all are welcome.

New Park Plans: Nov 22

In the early morning hours of November 22, 2017 the Milpitas City Council voted to accept the $315,000 bid from the non-profit Milpitas Community Museum to buy the long-vacant property at 230 N. Main Street, just north of the Milpitas Library. This clears the way toward establishing a centrally located park to serve nearby residents who have no park in their vicinity and which can be the home of the city’s first museum. Kudos to the board members of the Milpitas Community Museum, an offshoot of the Historical Society, for their hard work in seeing this project through and raising the money to successfully bid for the site: Don Peoples, Steve and Ellie Munzel, Bill Hare, Deepka Lalwani, Harriett McGuire, and many other members.

What’s Going On at the Alviso Adobe? (Nov 13)

Milpitas Historical Society Board Members (left to right) Linda Arbaugh, Harriett McGuire, Kraig Bunnell, and Joe Ehardt being shown around the unrestored interior of the Alviso Adobe by Renee Lorentzen (with the helpful aid of her phone’s flashlight).
Milpitas Historical Society Board Members (left to right) Linda Arbaugh, Harriett McGuire, Kraig Bunnell, and Joe Ehardt being shown around the unrestored interior of the Alviso Adobe by Renee Lorentzen (with the helpful aid of her phone’s flashlight).
On Monday, November 13, 2017 Milpitas Historical Society Board members were treated to a special tour of the not-yet-open interior of the Alviso Adobe building by the City of Milpitas. It was arranged and led by Milpitas Recreation Services Manager Renee Lorentzen, who opened the restricted premises, showed board members around, and explained what furnishings and objects will be placed in the different rooms and the eras that they represent. The restoration and upgrades will be taking place over the coming year.