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.