Meetings: 2010

Gilroy Hot Springs: September 8, 2010

The Gilroy Hot Springs presentation is scheduled for the Historical Society’s next meeting on Wed. Sept. 8, 2010 at 7 pm in the Milpitas Library Community Room, N. Main Street.

In a corner of Santa Clara Valley there exists an exceptional historical site that very few know anything about and one that far fewer have ever visited.

Located in the eastern foothills at about 2000 ft. elevation above Gilroy at the far end of a canyon sits the 150 year old resort of Gilroy Hot Springs.

The resort first began in approximately 1860 receiving visitors including California’s elite.

The resort was widely known for it’s recreation and curative powers.

Early advertising cite the ability to leave S.F. by train in the morning and having taken a special livery from the Gilroy train station arrive on site by afternoon.

In it’s heyday the resort is known to have entertained 500+ guests as well as the staff and their families who lived on-site.

Although the hotel and sleeping annex burned down in the late 1900’s their still exists a small town of cabins, barn, and resort facilities.

In the latter years of the sites operations in the late 1900’s the site was home to app. 60 post-internment camp Japanese-American families.

Currently, due to the extremely fragile state of the site access to this historical monument is limited to guided tours offered by the Friends of Gilroy Hot Springs.

Two members of the Friends of Gilroy Hot Springs will be presenting a narrated slide show as well as a display of artifacts to members of the Milpitas Historical Society as well as members of the general public.
July 20, 2010 by Harriett McGuire, President, Milpitas Historical Society

George House: May 12, 2010

The program for the Historical Society meeting on May 12, 2010, is going to be a look into the past with speaker George House. This 83 years young gentleman grew up in Milpitas. He is full of stories to relate about his life growing up on Main Street and his neighbors. At fifteen he worked with his cousins on a twelve-hour night shift in the cold storage plant for $1 an hour. He enjoyed going to the local Youth Center/pool hall. His stories at the meeting will emphasize the period of history that often gets left out — the time between the depression and World War II.

Mr. House has had a long and varied career: college, being in the service, working with the FBI, then in education as principal of Lick High School from 1954 to 1972. In 1973 he opened the new Santa Theresa High School where he stayed until retirement.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Milpitas Public Library multi-use room 160 N. Main Street.
May 9, 2010 by Harriett McGuire, President, Milpitas Historical Society

Quilting Talk and Field Trip: April 14, 2010

The Milpitas Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 14th at 7 p.m. in the Milpitas Public Library multi-use room 160 N. Main Street.

The Program for the evening will be a presentation by Marie Strait, president of the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.

Marie Strait, president of the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association

Quilting has been her passion for more than 35 years, and she has taught nearly as long. Marie works with and enjoys teaching scrap quilts, fast piecing techniques and fabric art using fusing techniques. She holds a California College teaching credential in sewing and needlecrafts. She began teaching in a quilt shop in Stockton, then Manteca Adult School, Merced College, Madera Adult School, in her own and other quilt shops and for many quilting groups in California and Virginia. She enjoys putting a contemporary twist to traditional quilts, and will bring some to show.

Marie will give a short synopsis of the history of quilting and explain her various techniques. Members may bring in one quilt to share at the meeting and get input from Marie.

On Thursday, April 29th members are invited for a field trip to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 520 S. First Street in San Jose. Joan Schulze, fiber artist, will meet the group and give a tour of her exhibit at the Museum.

The meeting is open and guests are welcome to come and meet Marie Strait and see some of her beautiful quilts.
April 11, 2010 by Harriett McGuire, President, Milpitas Historical Society

Robin Hays: January 13, 2010

Guest Speaker – Robin Hays
Where – Milpitas Community Library
When – 7:00 PM

Robin is a licensed acupuncturist and herbal medicine specialist who has been practicing in Milpitas for the last 24 years. She specializes in all types of health conditions as well as allergies. Robin will take questions from the audience and explain how acupuncture works. She will also treat anyone who wishes to experience acupuncture.
January 6, 2010 by mhs

Happy Birthday to our January ‘Kids!’

Special 80th birthday for Eugenia Egbert!

Carole Fried

Don Egbert

Dorothy Cestaric

Margaret Kruse

Rachel Martinez

Mary Ellen Hagen

Leslie Stobbe

Wanda Olinger
Janaury 6, 2010 by mhs

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