The Milpitas Historical Society sponsors events that are open to members and the general public. Please see the list below.
Milpitas BBQ Coming Up in May
Stay tuned for more information about the Milpitas International Festival and Barbeque, which is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, 2017, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, in a brand new location on Alder Drive (between McCarthy Blvd. and Tasman Dr.). In the next newsletter, see how our Society will be participating in it.
Milpitas Historical Society’s 2017 Board and Officers Installation Dinner
The Milpitas Historical Society held its annual dinner to celebrate the installation of its new officers and board of directors on
Thursday evening, February 16, at the Summitpointe Golf Club Restaurant.
Board President Mark Tiernan welcomed the guests, including our new mayor, Richard Tran, Vice-Mayor Marsha Grilli, Recreation Service Manager Rene Lorentzen, former City Council member Debbie Indihar Giordano, Water District Chairman Richard Santos and of course, a good group of our regular members.
Our special guests were Kelly and Diane Silva, who were honored and thanked for their kindness and help to the Society in opening their Apricot Ranch to us for the Community Tour for many years.
Also, Home Depot Managers David Webster and Jessika Talaugon, were presented with Certificates of Appreciation for their generosity in donating to the Society materials for repairing and upgrading the historic Frontier Days Rolling Jail.
The new board (see photo below) includes (left to right) Historian Joanne Souza, Hospitality Chair Marilyn Simpkins, Membership Chair Mary Ann Udoutch, Vice President and Newsletter Editor Catherine Pelizzari, Archives and Landmarks Chairs Kraig Bunnell, Public Relations and Special Events Chairs Harriett McGuire, Secretary Linda Arbaugh, President Mark Tiernan, Treasurer Joseph Ehardt and Mayor Richard Tran. Due to family obligations, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Commission Liaison Representative Steve Munzel could not be present.
The evening was topped off by a presentation about “Brave Local Pioneer Women” by Rose Marie Beebe, Professor of Spanish at Santa Clara University and Richard Senkewicz, Professor of History at Santa Clara University, who are joint authors of several books about early California history. They told us about the lives of several early California women whose stories had been collected in the 19th century at the request of Hubert Howe Bancroft, founder of U.C. Berkeley’s distinguished library, who commissioned writers who spoke Spanish to interview early California settlers, both men and women, in order to record a history of the state as told by the people who were there to see it. These stories were fascinating and well told and were deeply appreciated by all the guests.