Events 2017

The Milpitas Historical Society sponsors events that are open to members and the general public. Please see the list below.

Milpitas BBQ Coming Up on May 20 and 21

The Milpitas International Barbecue and Car Show will be held 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.).

The Milpitas Historical Society will be participating with our traditional Rolling Jail, now newly refurbished, thanks to donations from members and the Milpitas Home Depot store. We will also have a booth staffed to tell people about our history and sell Milpitas Historical Society merchandise. Come check us out!

History San Jose: Painting the Town

Painting the Town: The Work of Rey Giese
Tuesday-Sunday, 11am–5pm
History San Jose, 1661 Senter Road, San Jose
Free to the public except during paid events

For the next few months, History San Jose highlights acclaimed local sign painter Rey Giese, shown below.

Rey Giese

Born in San Jose, Giese created his own sign painting business from the ground up starting in 1935. Over the course of his career he hand-painted more than 20,000 signs in the Bay Area. Among his early jobs was painting this sign in Milpitas!

His clients were local businesses, public organizations and political campaigns. His career spanned more than 75 years and this large collection of his work represents some of this area’s long-forgotten businesses and activities.

We hope you can spare an hour or so to revisit the past through the work of this previously unsung artist of communications!

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.

Mayor Richard Tran and Board President Mark Tiernan
Mayor Richard Tran and Board-President Mark Tiernan
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.

Mark Tiernan, and Kelly and Diane Silva
Board President Mark Tiernan honoring Kelly and Diane Silva
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.

Board President Mark-Tiernan, and Home Depot Managers David Webster and Jessika Talaugon
Board President Mark-Tiernan, and Home Depot Managers David Webster and Jessika Talaugon and Treasurer Joseph Ehardt
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.

Mayor Richard Tran, far right, after administering the oath of office to the new officers and board of directors of the Society. The new board 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, and Treasurer Joseph Ehardt.
Mayor Richard Tran, far right, after administering the oath of office to the new officers and board of directors of the Society.

Professor Richard Senkewicz and Professor Rose Marie Beebe
Professor Richard Senkewicz and
Professor Rose Marie Beebe
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.

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