New Developments at the Milpitas Historical Society’s Great Mall Display

Society members Joe Ehardt and Danny Cosper have provided a new method of presenting Milpitas history on an interactive basis at the Society’s exhibit area in the Great Mall. They have set up a 46” Samsung flat screen TV (Danny) driven by a Dell computer (Joe) that gives passing viewers a slide show of Milpitas history.

Visitors enjoying a test of the new “kiosk” system
Visitors enjoying a test of the new “kiosk” system
The society would like to increase the number of photos and historical narratives that will be presented on the new “kiosk.” Therefore we are asking that anyone who is a long-time resident or who went to school in Milpitas to either outright donate to our collection or simply temporarily lend us their photos, school yearbooks, and memorabilia for us to scan or photograph to add to our archive of items to show our history to Milpitans as well as to visitors with our new presentation system.

Samuel Ayer High School Marching Band’s trip to Washington D.C in 1976 (41 years ago) to participate in our Nation’s July 4th Bicentennial Celebration

Society’s Exhibit Kiosk becomes Operational

The Society’s new kiosk system inside its exhibit at Entrance 4 of the Great Mall became operational on the afternoon of October 18th, 2017. To the 2-3 million people who pass by our space each year, the system will present an ever expanding library of slide shows designed by our principal historians to acquaint visitors with the history of Milpitas. As the collection expands, its PowerPoint presentations will rotate on a weekly basis (perhaps more frequently as the collection permits) so that visitors will most likely see different slide shows on different shopping visits, thereby increasing their awareness and extent of the various aspects of our City’s past.

“Our first slide show documents the Samuel Ayer High School Marching Band’s trip to Washington D.C in 1976 (41 years ago) to participate in our Nation’s July 4th Bicentennial Celebration; it was the only invited group to represent Northern California in that gala event. In addition to its participation in the huge parade, the band also made a special performance for White House viewing, for which it received a commendation from President Gerald Ford. The PowerPoint show runs 13 minutes, continuously loops, and was designed to showcase (recently donated and currently on display) the band uniform of Marge Mortensen, who played trumpet in the Marching Band on that trip in 1976. If you watch the show carefully, you will see a labeled slide of her being inspected by band director Mr. Saladino before the parade on July 3rd.”