Blacksmith Grand Opening

The Saratoga Historical Foundation is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new blacksmith exhibit on Saturday May 18 from l to 4. The public is invited to attend.

To celebrate the new building there will be live blacksmithing demonstrations on the patio, The new exhibit focuses on the basics of blacksmithing and the importance of blacksmithing skills for farmers in the period between 1850 and 1940. In addition to providing information on blacksmithing, tools of the trade, and its relationship to farm life, the exhibit also includes historic photographs.

A blacksmith is a metalsmith who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend and cut. Blacksmiths had a general knowledge of how to make and repair many things. They could produce objects such as gates, tools, agricultural implements, and cooking utensils.

The blacksmith played a very important role in the community. He was a metal smith, a farrier, a mechanic, a handyman, a neighbor and a friend. The museum complex brings history to life with its museum, the McWilliams historic home, Interurban passenger stop, one-room school house and blacksmith shop. During the school year pioneer living classes are provided for grades 2-5. Docents attired in period clothing provide the flavor and spirit of pioneer living.

The mission of the Saratoga Historical Foundation is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of Saratoga for the education of the community. Popular lectures, programs on local history and walking tours are also provided. The Saratoga Historical Foundation is located at 20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road. The buildings are open 1-4 on Friday and Sunday and Saturday 10-4. For more information go to or call 408-867-4311.

The Blossom Festival Rescheduled!

Mark your calendar! The Blossom Festival has been rescheduled for June 8. See the details here.

An Alaskan Adventure - a Story of Finding Gold in the Far North - 1894 to 1903

An Alaskan Adventure by Frederick James Currier is an adventure story about one man's quest for gold. Written by Frederick Currier, a Saratoga pioneer, it was edited by his daughter, Amy June Jorgensen and published in 2018. The story traces the adventure beginning in 1894 when Currier decided to detour from a trip to Oregon to buy an apple ranch to go to Alaska when he met two miners who convinced him to come along. The dream of gold nuggets as big as yellow pumpkins was a vision he couldn't resist. The talk will be given by Randy Zamke who spearheaded the publiciation of the book.

Zamke is a member of the Alaska Trappers Association and is on their board of directors. He is affiliated with the University of Alaska and has written several books on Alaska.

The talk will be at 1:30 on May 1, 2024 in the Saratoga Library Community Room. The library is located a 1350 Saratoga Avenue in Saratoga, CA. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the Saratoga Historical Foundation.

For more information: 408-867-4311 or

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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  • 2023 Upcoming Events
  • Lecture - An Alaskan Adventure — May 1 at 1:30 PM
  • Blacksmith Grand Opening — May 18 from 1 to 4
  • The Blossom Festival — June 8 from 10:00 to 4:00
  • Zoom Lectures:
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Take A Moment Out and Read About the History of Saratoga Blacksmiths!

The attached presentation gives a quick overview on the roles of a blacksmith in 1850 as well as the blacksmiths that once worked in Saratoga. The information was given in a presentation to the Saratoga Foothill Club as well as was part of a display in the Saratoga Library lobby.

Click here for the presentation: The History of Saratoga Blacksmiths

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.

Visit the Museum Gift Shop

Stop by the Museum gift shop and see the new book from Author and Lecturer Robin Chapman: "The Valley of Heart's Delight--the True Tales from Around the Bay. Chapman has written many popular books about the Bay Area-- including "California Apricots-- The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley. This book promises to be just as interesting and more! It's a compilation of various vignettes of people in Santa Clara's history. It will make a great Christmas gift or just a gift of friendship to someone interested in history. Come on by and purchase a copy. You'll find other books by Robin in our gift shop!!

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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