See Old Grandview Ranch!
You won't want to miss a unique opportunity to attend a spectacular event at Old Grandview Ranch, a magnificent French Norman Revival estate nestled in the foothills of Saratoga. Its three art galleries house one of the largest privately owned art collections in the West, and its 22-acre themed garden is beautifully landscaped with sculptures by internationally renowned artists.

Blossom Festival March 24
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Blossom Festival this March.

Music of the 30's - 40's, antique cars, vintage motors, children's crafts, and craftspeople will soon bring back memories of yesteryear. The Blossom Festival will bring a day of family fun on March 24 from 10am-4pm in the Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center area. Produced the the Saratoga Historical Foundation, the free event is reminiscent of the original Blossom Festival that debuted in 1900 and was popular for over 40 years.

More info here.

The Peopling of Silicon Valley
The Saratoga Historical Foundation will host Author Tim Stanley who will give a presentation based on his new book “The People of Silicon Valley” on March 28 at the Saratoga Foothill Club. The lecture covers the migration of people and high tech companies to the Santa Clara Valley after World War II.

Stanley, author of the “Last of the Prune Pickers,” always delivers a great presentation. Join us on March 28 at the Saratoga Foothill Club—6:30 for potluck and 7:30 PM for the presentation. Free to members, $5.00 donation for nonmembers. The Saratoga Foothill Club is located at 20399 Park Place in Saratoga.

New Exhibit: Ohlone Indians Then and Now
“Ohlone Indians Then and Now” opened February 16 at the Saratoga History Museum and will run through the end of June. Stop by and see images and artifacts of the Ohlone Indians in this special exhibit. Admission is free. The museum is open from 1-4 Friday and Sunday and from 10-4 on Saturday.

Congratulations Winners of the 2018 George and Louise Cooper Essay Contest
Each year an essay contest is held for all public, private, and home school students in the 4th and 5th grade in Saratoga. This year’s contest topic was: A Day in the Life of an Ohlone Child. A prize is awarded to each winner. The award ceremony will take place at the Saratoga library on March 21 at 4 PM. Mayor Mary-Lynne Bernald will hand out the prizes and give each student a congratulatory resolution from the City of Saratoga.

Fifth grade winners: Sam Mendoza. 1st Place; Sacred Heart Church; Ms. Sullivan/Mr. Figone, teacher

Sara Rose Green, 2nd Place; Saratoga Elementary School; Ms. Lawson, teacher

Kirby Fung, 3rd Place; Argonaut Elementary School; Mr. Roper, teacher

Fourth grade winners: Ryan Matsumoto, 1st Place; Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church; Ms. Mary Gwynne, teacher

Caitlin Scott Hopkins, 2nd Place; Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church; Ms. Mary Gwynne, teacher

Anita Miller, 3rd Place; Saratoga Elementary School; Mr. Larraux, teacher

Nathan J. Liu, Honorable Mention; Foothill Elementary School Mrs. Andary

Plans for a New Blacksmith Exhibit
The recorded sounds of a blacksmith forge might ring in the hills as the Saratoga Historical Foundation raises funds to convert an existing outside area into an interactive blacksmith exhibit. The blacksmith exhibit ties into the nearby 1850’s McWilliams House because the owner, James McWilliams was Saratoga’s second blacksmith.

The blacksmith exhibit will house tools and items normally worked on by a blacksmith. Some interactivity and possibly sound effects will be available. Also planned is a nonfunctional outhouse—as part of the turn of the century theme of all the structures in the Saratoga Historical Park. All the structures—McWilliams House, one-room schoolhouse, museum, and soon the blacksmith exhibit are used to teach pioneer living as well as Saratoga’s rich history.

If you would like to contribute to this exhibit ($5000 contribution and higher will be part of a plaque on the outside of the exhibit), please send your contribution to: Blacksmith Exhibit, c/o Saratoga Historical Foundation, PO Box 172, Saratoga, CA 95071. Your donation is tax deductible.

The Saratoga Historical Foundation Museum
The Saratoga Historical Foundation Museum located at Saratoga Historical Park: 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road, Saratoga, CA
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  • 2018 Upcoming Events
  • Feb-June Ohlone "Then and Now" exhibit
  • March 24 Blossom Festival
  • March 28 Lecture on the People of Silicon Valley by Tim Stanley
  • May 19 Old Grandview Ranch Fundraiser Event

Tell Us About Your Saratoga!
The Saratoga Historical Foundation collects memories and information about Saratoga places, people and more. Please complete the form HERE and help us add to our records! Thank you.

Some Free Things To Do!
Get in touch with local history by taking our historic landmark walking tour, bicycling the historic house tour, and walking around our historic garden with a self-guided tour.

Get out your camera and your walking shoes! The Saratoga Historical Foundation offers docent-led walking tours or you can download the tour and take a self-guided one. The docent-led tours last about 60 minutes with lots of easy walking. Meet your fellow “time travellers” and get some exercise at the same time. Make an appointment today by calling 408-867-4311 and take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the history of your community.

Forget about driving and bicycle our historic house tour. See over 30 heritage homes on this self-guided bicycle tour. Want just a little exercise? Walk the historic garden in the Saratoga Historical Park—a copy of the self-guided tour is available outside near the Museum door or by downloading. The plants look different with each season so there is reason to return again and again. Find out how Native American children used ferns.

The walking tour, historic house bicycle tour, and the garden tour maps can be downloaded from this site.

Speaker Available
If you are in need of a speaker on history and local Saratoga history—contact Saratoga Historical Foundation Historian Ray Cosyn. Cosyn has developed the following presentations—most 30-40 minutes in length with quality slides using historic images:

  • Saratoga: A Lumber Town, traces the history of Saratoga from the Ohlone’s to the present historic village. The excitement of the once rollicking lumber town to the battle for incorporation is of interest to every Saratogan.
  • The Interurban Railway, yearn for the days of a trip by rail to San Jose or Palo Alto on the sleek Interurban Railway? The mass transit train, carrying packages and people, once quietly traveled the Santa Clara Valley.
  • Prohibition—sit back and enjoy hearing about the driest town in the valley – a period of time that lasted over 40 years. Interesting stories about the effect of Prohibition on the local wineries (including Paul Masson) will make you smile.
  • Lincoln’s Funeral Train- miracles and sadness traveled with the death of Present Abraham Lincoln as his funeral train made it’s last journey.
  • Flying Tigers – find out more about these intrepid Americans who fought an air war prior to WWII for freedom in China.
The presentations are appropriate for groups of all ages. Cosyn has given presentations to those interested in the Civil War, railroads, winemakers, high schools, as well as local history and other organizations. If you are interested in having Cosyn speak before your organization, you can contact him HERE. More information on lectures HERE.

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Community Service
Saratoga High School students looking to fulfill community service requirements can contact Linda Hagelin at the Saratoga History Museum. Please e-mail HERE with the date you can work. The museum is open Friday-Saturday and Sunday from 1-4PM.

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