Robin ChapmanHistorical Bay Area Visionaries Lecture-- Free
The Saratoga Historical Foundation and the Saratoga Library invites you to attend a free lecture by Robin Chapman based on her new book, "Historic Bay Area Visionaries". The lecture will take place October 24 at 7 PM at the Saratoga Library (13650 Saratoga Avenue in Saratoga).

Historic Bay Area Visionaries tells the story of this region's history through the eyes of six people: Lope Inigo, born into a native village in 1781, found a way to protect his family on the land that became Moffett Field. Juana Briones found wealth and solace on the Peninsula. Poet Robert Louis Stevenson sought romance, yet took time out to change California history. Heiress Sarah Winchester longed for a second chance, far from her New England roots and ended up a wealthy landowner. Immigrant Thomas Foon Chew found success, in spite of the obstacles. Charlie Chaplin arrived and helped invent an international industry in film. Through the eyes of these six people, we see California as it grew and thrived to become one of the most innovative places on earth.

For the Love of ApricotsNew Cookbook-Just in Time for the Holidays
The Museum Gift Shop has "For the Love of Apricots" a new cookbook feature recipes using fresh and dried apricots. Purchase one for yourself or for a gift. The full color cookbook by Lisa Newman is packed with recipes and reminisces about growing up in Saratoga. Stop by and buy a copy!

Painless ParkerNew Exhibit-Notable Saratogans - at the Museum!

A new exhibit, Notable Saratogans, will open September 28 at the Museum and run through Mid-November. The museum will feature 40 notable Saratogans from the 1850s to the present. The museum is open from 1-4 PM Friday and Sunday and from 10-4 PM on Saturday. Free!

Mosaic SaratogaCome to Mosaic Saratoga on October 5!

Sangam Arts in partnership with Mosaic Saratoga High School will present 12 traditions from 10 cultures using dance and music. History vignettes will be interspersed throughout the event and will be provided by the Saratoga Historical Foundation. The event will take place October 5 from 7-9:30 PM at the McAfee Center at Saratoga High School. Tickets are $15-35.00.

Thank You to Our Supporters
The Saratoga Historical Foundation thanks the many supporters of the Old Grandview Ranch benefit held in May.

Photos of the event can be seen here.

The following sponsors are thanked: Eherril & Kim Kenny, Star One Credit Union, Pamela and Stan Atwood, Brandenburg Family Foundation, Steve McCarrick, Coldwell Banker, Gay & Roy Crawford, Mary Ellen & Michael E. Fox Family Foundation, Marcia Hall, Dr. W. Donald Head, Noelle & Dave Henderson, Polly & Jack Hillis of Hillis Financial Services, Laurel & Tony Perusa, Carol Mauldin of Alain Pinel Realtors, Kathie & Bob Maxfield, Rena & John Saunders, Anne & Jim Sorden, Marcia and Jon Tammel, Saratoga Monte Sereno Community Foundation, Dan Tellep, Kay & Bill Walker, Charmaine & Dan Warmenhoven.

Legends and Leaders: Cynthia Chang, The George Family, Jill & Dennis Hunter, Reiko Iwanaga, Linda L. Lester, Sue & Jack Mallory.

Friends of the Museum: Bill Gorman of Gorman Real Estate Group, Bette & Dave Loomis, Calvano Development, Donald Lee & Sally Steadman of Lucas Foundation.

Proceeds from the event will go towards funding a blacksmith exhibit on the grounds of the Saratoga Historical Park.

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 August. Stop by and see images and artifacts of the Ohlone Indians in this special exhibit. Admission is free. The museum is open from 1-4PM Friday and Sunday and from 10AM-4PM on Saturday.

Walking Tours
Take a walking tour of the Saratoga Village. This docent-led tour takes about 1 to 1 and ˝ hours. Find out about the history of your community. To make a reservation, call 408-867-4311. Docent-led tours cost $3.00 per person.

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.

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  • 2018 Upcoming Events
  • Feb-August Ohlone "Then and Now" exhibit
  • May "Journey into History with Heritage Preservation" exhibit
  • October 24, 7:00PM "Historic bay Area Visionaries"

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.

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 and Sunday from 1-4PM, Saturday from 10PM to 4PM.

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 travelled 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.

Visit the Museum Gift Shop
We've just added the new, "For the Love of Apricots" cookbook to the gift shop. Perfect as a gift or for you! This locally-written cookbook combines memories of the Valley of Heart's Delight plus tasty recipes. The gift shop also has many books on local history, postcards, notecards and more. The gift shop is open Friday and Sunday from 1-4 PM and on Saturdays from 10AM-4PM.

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