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Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2014!

We hope that everyone had a safe and festive holiday season.  Thanks to all of the attendees to our Holiday Teas and those who visited our holiday exhibit: "Christmas at Grandma's House."

This message is being sent as a reminder on what's happening in the upcoming month at the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum.  

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Caltrain at 150 Years
Caltrain's 150th Birthday

Caltrain marks 150 years of railroad service between San Francisco and San Jose with a birthday party at the Santa Clara Caltrain Station that both celebrates the past and looks to the future.
Customers and the public are invited to join us Jan. 18, 2014, from 11am to 3pm at the Santa Clara Caltrain Station [1001 Railroad Ave, Santa Clara, CA], for a community festival filled with exhibits by local rail enthusiasts and historical groups, entertainment and a variety of food booths.
The oldest passenger railroad in the West in continuous operation, Caltrain has been owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board since 1992. In 1863 Martin Murphy, Jr granted property for the railroad that is still part of its right-of-way today.

For information and event updates on Caltrain’s 150th, visit

The Sunnyvale Historical Society will also have an exhibit on display [like the 1911 Murphy Station Photo above], so come by and visit us!
School Program
School is Back in Session

It's January, and our School Program is recommencing.  Last year, our dedicated staff of volunteers hosted more than 1500 third grade students from 17 schools in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Cupertino.

These field trips include:
  • A brief history of the Martin Murphy, Jr family and the city of Sunnyvale
  • A tour of the museum’s exhibit rooms
  • Hands-on experiences with artifacts from life over 100 years ago

This program is geared for the third grade students' Social Studies Curriculum, and we do not charge for these school visits.

February General Meeting

February General Meeting

Our next General Meeting is Monday, February 10th, so save the date. We have an outstanding speaker—Mark Hylkema—an expert on the earliest settlers in the Bay Area—the Ohlone Indians. Mark has more than 33 years experience teaching California archaeology and Native American culture.

Mark has directed excavations throughout the greater San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas and teaches Anthropology at Foothill College.  Mark is also the third of four generations of Sunnyvale residents and knows the local pre-history and early colonial history very well. So come prepared to learn a lot from Mark and share in his varied excavation, research and teaching histories of not only Sunnyvale, but the entire San Francisco Bay Area.  

The meeting will begin promptly at 7:30pm upstairs at the museum on Monday, February 10, 2014.  Admission is free, and we hope to see you there.

Ohlone Artifacts at the museum

Being a Member
Become a Member or Renew

It time for our annual membership drive again.  For those that are already members, it is time to renew your membership.  If you aren't already a member, consider joining.  

Membership to the Sunnyvale Historical Society and Museum Association supports the daily operation of our all-volunteer museum.  Members receive a special monthly 
Members Newsletter and a 10% discount on giftshop purchases.

You can either sign up on-line at:  

Or you can drop by the Museum Gift Shop and fill out the paperwork to join the historical society.  

Please join our valued team of museum supporters.

Welcoming our Japanese visitors from Iizuka!

Did you know that Sunnyvale recently signed an agreement for a "Sister City" type relationship with the city of Iizuka, Japan? While Sunnyvale doesn't have an official Sister City Program, this is a first step in a friendly exchange relationship between the cities.

In late November, the Museum hosted a brief tour for the Iizuka Mayor Morichika Saito and representatives from Iizuka, Japan. 

To learn more of the visit, CLICK on the photos below.  [Thanks to Johan Koning and Larry Klein for these photos.]

Intro Room
At the piano
Touring the museum
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Museum Address:     570 E Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Phone: (408) 749-0220   Hours: 12-4pm, Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday
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