Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation

Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation Two museums in Campbell, CA in the heart of Silicon Valley: the Campbell Historical Museum and the historic Ainsley House.

The Ainsley House, a historic house museum, was the third home of local cannery owner John Colpitts Ainsley and his wife Alcinda. The Campbell Historical Museum offers artifacts that help visitors interpret and recall the vanishing world of Santa Clara County's past. Both museums are owned and operated by the city of Campbell.

Mission: The mission of the Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House is to interpret to a broad public audience, in innovative and meaningful ways, the history of the Campbell area from its pioneer beginnings to the 21st century and relate that history within the broader context of the Santa Clara Valley and encompassing region.

Thanksgiving often celebrates tradition, and for some that includes football! Here is a long lost local tradition: the T...
11/28/2019

Thanksgiving often celebrates tradition, and for some that includes football! Here is a long lost local tradition: the Thanksgiving day football game between Campbell High and Los Gatos High. Pictured is the 31st Thanksgiving Day game program from 1964. We hope your day is full of food and those you love.
#thanksgiving #tradition #football #campbellhigh #campbellmuseums New Museum Los Gatos - NUMU

Who here can read cursive? Even if you can't, it is lovely to look at! This Monthly Report Card  for George Payne is fro...
11/26/2019

Who here can read cursive? Even if you can't, it is lovely to look at! This Monthly Report Card for George Payne is from February 26, 1883. This small card lists his attendance record and his marks in various school subjects, including: reading, spelling, writing, arithmetic, grammar, etc. #typetuesday #penmanship #handwriting #grades #school #campbellmuseums

Come visit the Ainsley House! The green bedroom—and the whole museum, to be honest—looks beautiful this time of year! Th...
11/26/2019

Come visit the Ainsley House! The green bedroom—and the whole museum, to be honest—looks beautiful this time of year! This year, the green bedroom was decorated by West Valley College Interior Design Club!

With a new theme in every room, the Ainsley House is sure to entertain you this holiday season! Come see the museum deck...
11/23/2019

With a new theme in every room, the Ainsley House is sure to entertain you this holiday season! Come see the museum decked out in holiday cheer with live music, tours, and goodies!

Here we have a reproduction of a photo featuring Laura, James, and Lena Campbell. Laura, James, and Lena Campbell were t...
11/22/2019

Here we have a reproduction of a photo featuring Laura, James, and Lena Campbell. Laura, James, and Lena Campbell were the children of Benjamin and Mary Campbell. This photograph was originally printed on glass. Photograph circa 1860.

Submit your work for our 2020 Campbell Museums' Art Show. Entry is open now through January 31st, 2020. The theme is "Jo...
11/20/2019

Submit your work for our 2020 Campbell Museums' Art Show. Entry is open now through January 31st, 2020. The theme is "Joy," which is open to interpretation by the artist.Selection for exhibition is by a jury. Grand Prize winner will be eligible to have their art be displayed publicy on a mural banner for two years (if criteria is met). Please visit campbellmuseums.com for all the details and to submit your art! The Campbell Museums' Art Show will be held every two years - Join us as we begin this new tradtion! #artshow #localart #painting #sculpture #photography #printing #digitalart #drawing #campbellmuseums

#typetueday is edging into #designporn territory with this Campbell Water Co. logo sticker. In 1892, the citizens of Cam...
11/19/2019

#typetueday is edging into #designporn territory with this Campbell Water Co. logo sticker. In 1892, the citizens of Campbell fromed Campbell's first utility company (water) to supply the town with fresh waster for domestic use, to generate electrictiy, and to sell surplus for irrigation. By 1898, the company had 82 customers, with highest bill being $3 and the lowest 25 cents! In 1918, Ralph Hyde bought the company and the Hyde family (George, Ralph, Homer, Alice and Maude) ran The Campbell Water Co. for decades. They are responsible for the iconic Campbell water tower and the little stucco building below it - Landmarks of today's downtown Campbell! By 1946, they had 3,251 customers. In 1975, the company merged with San Jose Water Company. #localhistory #water #campbellmuseums #design #logo #watertower #downtowncampbell

What's inside the box?!!!! Don't worry, the only items you'll uncover are holiday kitsch. Come take a peek! The green ba...
11/15/2019

What's inside the box?!!!! Don't worry, the only items you'll uncover are holiday kitsch. Come take a peek! The green bathroom "advent calander" was designed by Jill Slyter and Barb Nichols. Holiday event details can be found at campbellmuseums.com #ainsleyhouse #campbellmuseums #25thanniversary

This week's Throwback Thursday features a class photograph of Cambrian Elementary students around 1893. The Cambrian Sch...
11/15/2019

This week's Throwback Thursday features a class photograph of Cambrian Elementary students around 1893.

The Cambrian School District originally consisted of one school, the Cambrian School, and was established on November 3, 1893. The school was built on the property of Lewis Casey.

Names of the students are unknown.

Celebrate like it's 1925! Detail shot of the Academy Of Classical Ballet's Gatsby quality tree! See the entire room (and...
11/14/2019

Celebrate like it's 1925! Detail shot of the Academy Of Classical Ballet's Gatsby quality tree! See the entire room (and house) in all its excess during our 25th holiday season. Details on events adn house tours at campbellmuseums.com Academy of Classical Ballet - California #ainsleyhouse #campbellmuseums #25thanniversary

OPEN now for the 2019 holiday season! This year we celebrate 25 years of Ainsley House Holidays from Nov 14 - Dec 22. We...
11/14/2019

OPEN now for the 2019 holiday season! This year we celebrate 25 years of Ainsley House Holidays from Nov 14 - Dec 22. We have tours of our house decorated to celebrate our 25th anniversary (the theme is "25"), holiday teas, a holiday concert (Dec 1st), and Open House events with live music (Dec 19 and 22). Please visit our website for more details on each event. Campbellmuseums.com #campbellmuseums #2019holidays

Just because an employee manual is boring, doesn't mean it can't look good. The #typography on this City of Campbell Emp...
11/12/2019

Just because an employee manual is boring, doesn't mean it can't look good. The #typography on this City of Campbell Employee Handbook from 1981 is looking pretty rad! #typetuesday City of Campbell #campbellmuseums #1980s

1925 was a good year for literature! Come see what books were fresh off the press. Perhaps one of these books was under ...
11/11/2019

1925 was a good year for literature! Come see what books were fresh off the press. Perhaps one of these books was under the Christmas tree at the first Christmas the Ainsley family had in their newly built home. Check out the Ainsley House in all its holiday splendor as we celebrate our 25th Holiday season. Room by @Postedbyshannon #ainsleyhouse #25years #campbellmuseums

This #VeteransDay we honor and thank our Campbell Veterans. Pictured here are American Legion No. 158 main officers on F...
11/11/2019

This #VeteransDay we honor and thank our Campbell Veterans. Pictured here are American Legion No. 158 main officers on February 25, 1976. In 1956, the Campbell Post and Los Gatos Post merged to from West Valley Post 158. In the year 2000, it was renamed American Legion Post 99, and continues to serve Campbell veterans to this day.

People from Left to right: James B. Olson - Commander, Carl C. Cada - Treasurer, Milton Ogden - Property Manager, M. Nimerick - Adjutant, Gene Ellsworth - 1st Vice Commander. @americanlegionpost99 #americanlegionpost99 #campbellmuseums

12 days of Christmas redux! Come sing along to “25” days of Christmas to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Sneak peak! Com...
11/10/2019

12 days of Christmas redux! Come sing along to “25” days of Christmas to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Sneak peak! Come see the completed room from November 14- December 22. More details at campbellmuseums.com Lyrics and room decor by West Valley College Interior Design Club #ainsleyhouse #25years #campbellmuseums

This is our 25th year of Holidays at the Ainsley House and we are excited! Please join us as we celebrate 25 by looking ...
11/09/2019

This is our 25th year of Holidays at the Ainsley House and we are excited! Please join us as we celebrate 25 by looking back at all the beautiful room decorations from years past. Festivities begin November 14th! Details on all our holiday events and regular tours can be found at Campbellmuseums.com #ainsleyhouse #25years

How will The Art Beat transform the master bedroom this year? Come see how they transform these boxes of decor into a ma...
11/09/2019

How will The Art Beat transform the master bedroom this year? Come see how they transform these boxes of decor into a masterpiece as we celebrate 25 years of Ainsley House Holidays! Join us for any of our holiday events and tours. Details at Campbellmuseums.com #ainsleyhouse #25years

Susan Blake, of the Historic Preservation Board, is back with another article about a historic home in Campbell. The sev...
11/09/2019
Louis & Edward Genasci House | Campbell, CA - Official Website

Susan Blake, of the Historic Preservation Board, is back with another article about a historic home in Campbell. The seventh featured Landmark home is the Louis and Edward Genasci House at 207 N. Central Ave. It is located in one of the earliest sections of the original Benjamin Campbell family land holdings.

https://www.ci.campbell.ca.us/1023/This-Months-Featured-Home?fbclid=IwAR0MDWJXiYDZxo4QDnE57P2KGzrH7CX9VXxdXevFAr0f759avKwlvERDtc0

The seventh featured Landmark home is the Louis and Edward Genasci House at 207 N. Central Ave. It is located in one of the earliest sections of the original Benjamin Campbell family land holdings.

25 days of reading! Come get inspired by Campbell Library’s room, which celebrates our 25th anniversary by sharing 25 fe...
11/09/2019

25 days of reading! Come get inspired by Campbell Library’s room, which celebrates our 25th anniversary by sharing 25 festive books for this holiday season. See their full room on one of our tours or Holiday Open House evenings. More details at Campbellmuseums.com #ainsleyhouse #25years

Elf invasion!! Can you find all 25? Come celebrate our 25th anniversary with us this holiday season. We open November 14...
11/08/2019

Elf invasion!! Can you find all 25? Come celebrate our 25th anniversary with us this holiday season. We open November 14th. More details at Campbellmuseums.com #ainsleyhouse #25years room decorated by Barbie Rosato and Emily Zirkel

Photograph of students at San Tomas School, around 1902. The San Tomas schoolhouse was near the corner of present-day Qu...
11/08/2019

Photograph of students at San Tomas School, around 1902. The San Tomas schoolhouse was near the corner of present-day Quito Oaks Way and Quito Road in what is now Saratoga. The school was part of the San Tomas School District; however, the school district later merged under the umbrella of the Campbell School District to become the Campbell-San Tomas School District. The San Tomas school and district was one of four surrounding districts of Campbell in the late 1880s/early 1890s that included the Hamilton, Campbell, Cambrian School Districts.

This #campbellhigh Senior Polls ballot from 1975-76 is a fun example of how absolutly critical voting can be. I mean, ho...
11/05/2019

This #campbellhigh Senior Polls ballot from 1975-76 is a fun example of how absolutly critical voting can be. I mean, how else would you know who the biggest flirt was? Printed with a ditto machine (go ask your folks what that is!), the faded pruple text lists 14 categories for voting, and the boys and girls nominated for each one. Some categories included: 1. Biggest flirt; 4. Best hair; 5. Biggest Partier; 9. Foxiest; 10. Best Personality; 11. Most Scholastic; 13. Shyest; and 14. Most noticeable feature. And now that you are inspried, we hope you exercise(d) your hard won right to vote at the polls today! #getoutthevote #vote2020 #vote #campbellunionschooldistrict #campbellmuseums #typetuesday

Submit your work for our 2020 Campbell Museums' Art Show. Entry is open now through January 31st, 2020. The theme is "Jo...
11/02/2019

Submit your work for our 2020 Campbell Museums' Art Show. Entry is open now through January 31st, 2020. The theme is "Joy," which is open to interpretation by the artist. Selection for exhibition is by a jury. Grand Prize winner will be eligible to have their art be displayed publicy on a mural banner for two years (if criteria is met). Please visit campbellmuseums.com for all the details and to submit your art! The Campbell Museums' Art Show will be held every two years - Join us as we begin this new tradtion! #artshow #localart #painting #sculpture #photography #printing #digitalart #drawing #campbellmuseums

How do you get your bread? Do you buy it or make it yourself? While no fancy tools are required to make good bread, imag...
11/01/2019

How do you get your bread? Do you buy it or make it yourself? While no fancy tools are required to make good bread, imagine making four loaves of bread at once, with no hand kneading, no electricity, and only one container to clean!The Universal Bread Maker No. 4 is a manually-operated, tabletop dough mixer, kneader, and raiser that claims to make up to four loaves. Where hand kneading is usually a 10-15 minute process, this bread bucket cuts that down considerably — total turning (kneading) time is about three minutes. What a gift to your hands and arms! How revolutionary! No wonder it was awarded a Gold medal at the St. Louis exposition in 1904. #baking #bread #domesticlife #innovation #campbellmuseums

Happy #Halloween! Have fun dressing up and scaring away the goblins tonight. Pictured here is a very *not* scary, young ...
10/31/2019

Happy #Halloween! Have fun dressing up and scaring away the goblins tonight. Pictured here is a very *not* scary, young girl dressed as a flower in the 1930s. Jeanette (Gomes) Watson, frist female Mayor of Campbell and a local historian, is wearing a sweet blue and green paper flower costume. #costumes #happyhalloween #campbellmuseums

Feast your eyes on this Hyde's Quality brand apricots can label. Packed by the Geo. E. Hyde & Co. in Campbell, CA around...
10/29/2019

Feast your eyes on this Hyde's Quality brand apricots can label. Packed by the Geo. E. Hyde & Co. in Campbell, CA around the 1930s, this label is our lovely #typetuesday offering for the week. #apricots #canneries #labels #packaging #campbellmuseums

This week’s Throwback Thursday features a photograph of three men sitting in a buggy in front of Charles Willet’s grocer...
10/25/2019

This week’s Throwback Thursday features a photograph of three men sitting in a buggy in front of Charles Willet’s grocery store. Unfortunately, the names of the three men are unknown. The store was located on Campbell Avenue near Central Avenue. Can you guess the date of the photograph?

This week's Throwback Thursday features a photograph of a house owned by Benjamin and Mary Campbell. This home was locat...
10/18/2019

This week's Throwback Thursday features a photograph of a house owned by Benjamin and Mary Campbell. This home was located near what is now First Street and Campbell Avenue. In the photo, you can Benjamin Campbell, then age 57, standing second from the right. While we don't know the names of many others pictured, we believe some people in this photo are part of the Swope family. Date unknown.

County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg
10/15/2019

County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg

The Campbell Library is hosting a series of free parenting classes to help address oppositional and defiant behaviors effectively. You can find more details at http://ow.ly/tAew50wM9dw
#WeAreD4

What up with this $5 Bill? It's actually a US Banknote! #typetuesday this week is this banknote from the Growers Nationa...
10/15/2019

What up with this $5 Bill? It's actually a US Banknote! #typetuesday this week is this banknote from the Growers National Bank of Campbell, issued in 1902 dated for fulfillment in 1919. Pictured is U.S. President Benjamin Harrison. Signed by B.O. Curry, the Bank President. Trivia: the B.O. Curry building is now home to Blue Line Pizza. #money #bonds #campbellmuseums #localhistory

Flash Sale on Taste of Campbell Tickets $4 Off!
10/15/2019
Flash Sale on Taste of Campbell Tickets $4 Off!

Flash Sale on Taste of Campbell Tickets $4 Off!

A Taste of Campbell is an annual fundraiser event organized by Campbell CERT to help them fund their activities to improve disaster and emergency preparedness throughout the community.

In case you missed it, earlier this week Governor Newsom passed SB 451. The legislature finds and declares that Californ...
10/11/2019
2019 Tax Credits Bill | California Preservation Foundation

In case you missed it, earlier this week Governor Newsom passed SB 451. The legislature finds and declares that California’s historic buildings are an important asset to communities throughout the state and that the preservation and restoration of these buildings are vital to economic development, enhancing civic pride, increasing tourism, and maintaining vibrant and inclusive neighborhoods. http://californiapreservation.org/advocacy/2019-tax-credits-bill/?fbclid=IwAR1lRAJ7uoANkk2SmxSVaBs3YLbKQGDIAPBJcBjF7sA1HApqJuWvYyu4XvQ

It's almost Halloween and that means it's time for some spooky history. While we don't believe the Winchester Mystery Ho...
10/11/2019

It's almost Halloween and that means it's time for some spooky history. While we don't believe the Winchester Mystery House is haunted, we do think it's history is pretty neat.

Here we have photo of the mansion around 1906. Before the 1906 earthquake that rocked much of the area, the home was seven stories. The home was built on a floating foundation—a feature that is believed to have helped save much of the home during the earthquake.

The Winchester home is now known for its architectural curiosities, lack of a master plan, and massive size. It is registered on the National Registrar of Historic Places and now serves as a tourist attraction.

This c. 1930 paper doll packaging is the week's #typetuesday inspiration. Pictured is a Dolly Dimple paper doll set feat...
10/08/2019

This c. 1930 paper doll packaging is the week's #typetuesday inspiration. Pictured is a Dolly Dimple paper doll set featuring "Chubby Caroline." #typography #paperdoll #toys #packaging #design #1930s

To get you into the Halloween mood, #onthisday around 100 years ago, chain lightning struck on a dark and stormy night i...
10/05/2019

To get you into the Halloween mood, #onthisday around 100 years ago, chain lightning struck on a dark and stormy night in here in Santa Clara County.#halloween #spooky #lightning #localhistory #santaclaracounty #campbellmuseums

Here we have a class photograph of primary (elementary) school students at grammar school in Campbell near the turn of t...
10/03/2019

Here we have a class photograph of primary (elementary) school students at grammar school in Campbell near the turn of the century. Before the completion of Campbell Union Grammar School (now the Heritage Village Offices) in 1922, students attended various schools throughout Campbell's established districts, like this one pictured. The names of the children pictured are unknown. We believe this photograph was captured between 1890 through 1910.

We are looking forward to hosting Author and Educator Jan Batiste Adkins at our Friday, October 11: History Happy Hour a...
10/01/2019
Campbell Museums I Campbell, CA

We are looking forward to hosting Author and Educator Jan Batiste Adkins at our Friday, October 11: History Happy Hour at the Ainsley House. Ms. Adkins will present her new book: African Americans of San Jose and Santa Clara County. For reservations to our event, please visit: www.campbellmuseums.com/shop For more information about Ms. Adkins book, please visit: https://bit.ly/2nEeZp7

October's #objectofthemonth and #typetuesday : The toothbrush as we know it today was not invented until 1938. However, ...
10/01/2019

October's #objectofthemonth and #typetuesday : The toothbrush as we know it today was not invented until 1938. However, early forms of the toothbrush have been in existence since 3000 BC., when ancient civilizations used a "chew stick," which was a thin twig with a frayed end.

The bristle toothbrush, similar to the type used today, was invented in China around 1498. The bristles were made of stiff, coarse hairs taken from the back of a hog's neck and attached to handles made of bone or bamboo.

In the United States, mass production of toothbrushes began in around 1885, with boar bristles. Nylon bristles, what we use today, were introduced by DuPont in 1938. Around this time, Americans were influenced by the disciplined hygiene habits of soldiers returning from World War II. They became increasingly concerned with the practice of good oral hygiene and quickly adopted the nylon toothbrush.

Pictured are some toothbrush replacement heads from before the 1960s. We do not know much more about them #Pearlywhites #dentist #campbellmuseums #typetuesday

Did you know that this Methodist church in Campbell was one of the city’s earliest churches? The church was built on the...
09/27/2019

Did you know that this Methodist church in Campbell was one of the city’s earliest churches? The church was built on the north side of Campbell Avenue between Central and First Street under the leadership of Thomas B. Hopkins, the church’s first pastor. The building was formally dedicated on April 30, 1891. The main section of the church was several steps up from the ground level and had a basement that was used for social functions and Sunday school classes. In March of 1911, a flood in Campbell filled the basement undermining the foundation rendering the church unusable. Later that year in April, the congregation voted to buy the site and build a new church. Date unknown.

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51 N. Central Avenue
Campbell, CA
95008

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The Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House are owned and operated by the City of Campbell. However, the various services and programs offered at the facilities are supported by the community.

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Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Friday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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(408) 866-2119

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