Events: 2011

Moffett Field Museum Trip: November 12

Navy P-2 Neptune anti-sub patrol plane (1940’s-50’s) being restored in Hangar 1 at Moffet Field
Navy P-2 Neptune anti-sub patrol plane (1940’s-50’s) being restored in Hangar 1 at Moffet Field

A trip to the Moffett Field Museum is planned for Saturday, Nov. 12th at 12:30 p.m. Meet at Big 5 parking lot at 12:00. For further information on the museum tour and the Milpitas Historical Society phone 320-9587.

Fashion Show Fundraiser Success!

On Thursday, October 27, a reception and fashion show at the Great Mall celebrated Milpitas Women as Role Models. At press time, ticket sales raised $1,320 to support the Milpitas Community Museum Fund. Additional money was raised in a gift basket raffle and from direct donations. This was the most successful fundraiser ever for the Society! A big thank-you to Harriett McGuire for organizing and managing our part of the event.

Another Field Trip Coming Up!

Historic Kolb Ranch House at Dublin Heritage Park
Historic Kolb Ranch House at Dublin Heritage Park: Photo courtesy of Dublin Heritage Park

A field trip to the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums with a docent tour of the Murray School house, St. Raymond’s Church, and the Kolb ranch buildings is being planned later in September. This trip will be discussed at the September meeting, and a date will be decided on at that time. The public is invited to

Milpitas Annual Community Tour Set for July 2, 2011

The Milpitas Historical Society will be sponsoring a “Community Tour” on Saturday, July 2, 2011. The tour is open to the public as well as to members of the Historical Society. Those interested will meet at the historic Alviso Adobe on Piedmont Road at 9:30 am for an informational talk by Greg Armendariz, our City of Milpitas Public Works Director, about plans for the park to be developed around the Adobe. Built in the 1840’s, with a second story added around 1856, the Alviso Adobe is the oldest structure in Milpitas.

MHS Members at Silva Apricot Ranch Last Year
MHS Members at Silva Apricot Ranch Last Year

At around 10:00 am, the tour will visit the Silva apricot ranch, 891 Piedmont Rd. to see the last working apricot farm in Milpitas. Member and owner Kelly Silva will show us how apricots are cut and

St. John the Baptist Cemetery
St. John the Baptist Cemetery

Then around 10:30 am the tour will cross the road to the historic St. John the Baptist Cemetery, 651 Old Piedmont Road. Established in 1902, originally the parish cemetery for St. John the Baptist church in Milpitas, it is the resting place of many pioneer Milpitas families. Joanne Sousa, who has family
resting there, will provide information and a walking tour around the cemetery.

For the last stop, at noon, the tour will go up Felter Road to the Big Dog Winery for a wine tasting. There are picnic tables available if you’d like to bring a lunch to enjoy with their award-winning wines and the spectacular view of our Santa Clara Valley.

The Historical Society will be making flyers and maps of the tour that we will need help giving out. For further information on the tour and how you might help, please call Harriett McGuire at 262-7979.

June 5, 2011 by mhs

Got Milpitas in your Attic?

As we announced at our last meeting, the Historical Society has been given the opportunity to display Milpitas history items in the glass cases in the lobby of our City Hall. We are hoping to find bits of Milpitas history that you can loan us (or donate if you prefer) that we can display there along with other historical items that the society already owns. We have loan or donation forms that you can fill out to make sure your items are returned to you or you get a tax credit for them.

Call Harriett McGuire for more information at 262- 7979.
June 5, 2011 by mhs