Events: 2010

Foothills Tour: June 26, 2010

The Milpitas Historical Society will be hosting a Foothills Tour on Saturday, June 26th. If you wish to attend this tour please contact Barbara Bowman at 942-1492.

The first stop will be at the only apricot ranch left in Milpitas which is owned by Society members Kelly and Diana Silva.

You will be able to see first hand how the apricots are picked, cut, sulfured and spread on the ground to dry. This ranch has belonged to the Silva family since the 1800’s, and his son Clarence (Kelly) continues to farm it.

Across the street, our next stop is the gated St. John’s Catholic Cemetery which is closed to the public. St John’s is the resting place of many pioneers who settled in our town. The previous owners were Frederico and Teresa Narvaez who sold the property to Sebina Dias on September 8, 1898 for $625. Four days later on September 12,1898 she sold the property to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco for the same price. The first burial according to records was on February 13, 1903. John Joseph Cabral was 55 and a native of Portugal. Other names that may be familiar to members and the community are Borge, Carlo, Coelho, Gomes, Lopes, Mello, Nunes, Pashote, Pedro, Rose, Silova, Silveira, Soares, Pimental and Terra.

Next stop will be Ed Levin Park to get the ranger who will open the gate to the Downing Ranch at Sandy Wool Park. This ranch was once owned by long time rancher George Lucas Downing in the 1800’s. This is still a working ranch and not open to the public. There is an interesting rock formation once used by the Ohlone Indians on a hill at the ranch we may climb up to view.

The public is welcome to attend, the group will meet at Mervyn’s parking lot at 9:45 a.m. and plan to leave at 10 a.m.

It is suggested everyone wear sun screen, a hat, walking shoes and bring a bottle of water.
June 17, 2010 by mhs

Tour of Filoli Home: June 5, 2010

Saturday, June 5th there will be a docent-guided house and garden tour of Filoli in Woodside. Filoli’s 16 acre English Renaissance Garden is nationally recognized as one of the finest examples of garden architecture from the Golden Era (1890-1940.) The house, designed by Willis Polk and noted for its elegant interiors, is an interpretive museum exhibit of an extensive collection of 17th and 18th century English antiques.

Members can get more information and sign up at the next meeting May 12th.
May 9, 2010 by mhs

Milpitas Historical Society’s 30th Anniversary Celebration and Milpitas Grammar School Reunion: March 6, 2010

At the November meeting our new president made a motion which passed to have some kind of celebration. Since so many members are former Milpitas Grammar School students, and 2nd and 3rd generations of the pioneers who settled in our town, the Society’s anniversary will be combined with a Milpitas Grammar School Reunion. There will be a lot of history at this event. We were lucky to find the only opening left this year at the Community Center on March 6, 2010.

The Celebration Committee has been working very hard over the holidays on this event. Invitations were sent inside the January newsletter. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP by February 19, 2010. We need a count for the caterer.

If you did not get an invitation, and you attended the Grammar School or are a current Milpitas Historical Society member who may have not seen the invitation or lost it, please contact Barbara Bowman.

Since the committee will be busy arranging this event, there will be no installation luncheon this year. Officers were installed at the November meeting.
January 6, 2010 by mhs