Come to the Blossom Festival June 23!
Antique cars, art, crafts, live music and more will be part of the Blossom Festival held June 23 from 10-4 PM at the Saratoga Civic Center (13777 Fruitvale Avenue in Saratoga, CA). The original date of the event on May 24 was cancelled due to rain.  The event is free and open to the public.

Activities include a wide range of music, entertainment, over 100 craftspeople and local organizations, Saratoga costumed historical characters, and 3 antique car clubs. Lisa Newman, author of a new cookbook, “For the Love of Apricots” will be on hand to sell and autograph her cookbook.   Films of the past of Silicon Valley will be shown. Gourmet food trucks will also be part of the fun. Children’s activity tables, petting zoo, and more are planned.  The Girl Scouts are handing out flowers to visitors commemorating the historic festival.

First produced in 1900, this historic event ran successfully for 41 years. Come help celebrate this free tradition. Produced by the Saratoga Historical Foundation and sponsored by the City of Saratoga.  For more information: 408-867-4311.

More info here.

Old Grandview Ranch Benefit Was Grand!
The Old Grandview Ranch benefit for the Saratoga Historical Foundation on May 19 was a big success. Over 434 people toured the three art galleries packed with noted California artists, collections of Imari, Japanese screens, Lalique glass, sculpture and themed gardens. Highlights included hearing Sculptor Khachik Khachatouryan talk about the commissioned art he created on the estate and enjoying a bright sunny day.

Some of the top local wineries such as Ridge, Testarossa, Mount Eden, House Family, Big Basin, Kathryn Kennedy, Lexington and Cooper-Garrod provided wine along with Joseph George Fine Wines. Wine was paired with mouth watering food provided by JW Catering, Edible Arrangements, and It’s Not You, Its Brie. Some of the food included mini beef wellingtons, salmon crostini, mushroom mousse, ginger scallop rumaki, lamb skewers, and more. Sponsors also received appetizers and champagne from Michelin star Plumed Horse along with an interview by morning anchor Laura Garcia with Old Grandview owner Dr. Head.

Click here to see some of the attendees and sights.

Honoring Saratogans on June 24
The Saratoga Historical Foundation will honor Bill Gorman, Jack Mallory, Ann Waltonsmith, and Marilyn White with a catered dinner on June 24. “Honoring Saratogans” will take place from 4:30-6:30 PM at the Saratoga Foothill Club.

The event will honor these Saratogans for making significant contributions in the areas of community service, local history, and service. Did you know one of these honorees originated the celebration of Independence day in Saratoga or that one was instrumental in buying the land for Quarry Park? Attend and learn more about these special people.

According to Saratoga Historical Foundation President Annette Stransky, “This dinner is one way we can recognize and celebrate the contributions made by individuals from all walks of life, across a range of areas that improves the community in which we live. It is a great way to thank these people who through hard work and dedication, have significantly contributed to the community.”

Make a reservation by purchasing a ticket for $50 for Saratoga Historical Foundation members; $55 for non-members and send your check to Honoring Saratogans/Saratoga Historical Foundation at PO Box 172, Saratoga, CA 95071.

Questions? Call 408-867-4311 or e-mail Send your check today. Reservations will close June 15.

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.

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.

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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  • Feb-June Ohlone "Then and Now" exhibit
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  • June 23 Blossom Festival
  • June 24 Honoring Saratogans

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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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