COVID-19 Response:

Beginning July 2 the Saratoga History Museum, McWilliams House, and one-room schoolhouse will return to normal operating hours. Normal operating hours are being open from 1-4 PM on Friday and Sunday and open 10-4 PM on Saturday. According to County guidelines a mask must to worn indoors as of August and even if you have been vaccinated.

Zoom Lecture -- "Tributes and Apologies: the Legacy of Chinese in California"

The Saratoga Historical Foundation is sponsoring “Tributes and Apologies: the Legacy of Chinese in California” by noted speaker Connie Young Yu at 7:00 PM on October 25 on Zoom.

Connie will speak about the early Chinese immigrants to Santa Clara Valley, national anti-Chinese legislation, and several local excavations for redevelopment projects which have uncovered significant remnants of Chinese communities.

Connie Young Yu, a 4th generation Californian, is a writer and historian. She has written extensively about Asian Americans, including scripts for documentary films and the book Chinatown, San Jose USA. She conducted oral history interviews of descendants of Chinese Railroad Workers for Stanford's Chinese Railroad Workers in North American Project. She is currently working on history markers for Heinlenville Park in Japantown, San Jose.

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Meeting ID: 836 2239 4777
Passcode: 401652

Go Ask Your Grandmother-- New exhibit in Saratoga

The Saratoga Historical Foundation presents, "Go Ask Your Grandmother", a new exhibit opening at the Saratoga History Museum on May 20. The interesting exhibit includes over 50 items your grandmother or grandfather would have used "back in the day." Most items center around on food or laundry preparation and include the history of the item. A pop quiz is included in the exhibit-- see how many items you guess correctly. If you thought the item in the photo is a washboard for laundry-- you were partially correct-- it is a washboard used as a musical instrument!

The museum is located at 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road in Saratoga. Museum admission is free. The museum is open from 1-4 PM Friday, 10-4 PM Saturday and 1-4 PM on Sunday.

Blacksmith Exhibit Scheduled to Open 2022

A new blacksmith exhibit will open in 2022 demonstrating the work a blacksmith of the 1850s would have handled. Interactivity and sound effects will add to the ambience. 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, the 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 and your name will be on a plaque on the outside of the exhibit)-- send your contribution to:

Blacksmith Exhibit
c/0 Saratoga Historical Foundation
PO Box 172
Saratoga, CA 95071

Your donation is tax deductible.

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Free Activities

Explore our Pioneer Living program for 3rd-5th grades, and take a walk around Saratoga to spot Bats and Other Wildlife using these pictures.

Pioneer Living.

Bats and Other Wildlife in Saratoga.

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Let's Stroll to Saratoga in the 1950's

Take a moment and look at what was happening in Saratoga during the 1950's. Do you remember the corner drug store? walking to school? Seeing orchards and orchards of trees?

If you have some photos of the 1950's in Saratoga, please e-mail to we'll add them to our stroll. So, come on!

"Come, let's stroll
Stroll across the floor
Come, let's stro-oh-oh-oll
Stroll across the floor"

Click on the link and stroll back in time.

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      Oct. 25 at 7PM - "Tributes and Apologies: the Legacy of Chinese in California"

Latest recorded lecture video available

"Highlights of the History of the Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) National Accelerator Laboratory"

A Recording of the May 23 lecture "Highlights of the History of the Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) National Accelerator Laboratory" is now available.

You can watch this video, along with past lectures and presentations at the Saratoga Historical Foundation's YouTube channel.

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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 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, which are 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.
  • The Flying Tigers, officially known as the First American Volunteer Group, were American pilots who fought in the Chinese Air Force during World War II between 1941 and 1942.
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 Museum Gift Shop has copies of the hard to find Florence Cunningham's "Saratoga's First Hundred Years" along with over 20 other 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.

Support the Saratoga Historical Foundation with AmazonSmile

The Saratoga Historical Foundation is now on the AmazonSmile list. Visit when you want to purchase an item and select the Saratoga Historical Foundation, by doing so, .5% of your purchase will be donated to the Saratoga Historical Foundation. No extra cost to you-- it is part of a program initiated by Amazon to give back to the community.

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