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.

Operating as usual

Campbell  Buccaneers vs. Saratoga Falcons! Football Program for November 1, 1963 game. Were you there? #throwbackthursda...
11/05/2020

Campbell Buccaneers vs. Saratoga Falcons! Football Program for November 1, 1963 game. Were you there? #throwbackthursday object ID: 2018.08.0008

The Campbell Museum Foundation will have a booth at the Open Air Artisan Market Nov 14 & 15 at the Community Center. Ple...
11/04/2020

The Campbell Museum Foundation will have a booth at the Open Air Artisan Market Nov 14 & 15 at the Community Center. Please stop by to pick up the latest information about museum events, and if you become a museum member supporter, we've got some SWAG!

We vote today, and with our vote, we shape our nation. In 1985, Jeanette Watson, was the first woman elected to the City...
11/03/2020

We vote today, and with our vote, we shape our nation. In 1985, Jeanette Watson, was the first woman elected to the City Council of Campbell, CA - at a time when Campbell was the LAST city in Santa Clara County to elect a woman to council. In 1988, she became the first woman mayor of Campbell. In the years since, more and more women have entered politics, making our political system more accurately representative of the general population. #typetuesday #getoutthevote #vote2020 #cityofcampbell object Id:2013.13.0003

#objectofthemonth is this c.1916 glass breast pump. "No 1, Phenix Breast Pump", Manufactured by, Whitall Tatum Company (...
11/01/2020

#objectofthemonth is this c.1916 glass breast pump. "No 1, Phenix Breast Pump", Manufactured by, Whitall Tatum Company (founded 1806). This company made glass products including museum specimen jars, bottles, flasks, and test tubes, in addition to breast pumps! Early breast pumps appeared around the 1850s. #nursing #motherhood #technology #campbellmuseums object Id: 2009.20.0022a-c

STOP! That cat is about to eat the class hamster! Happy #Halloween  #campbellmuseums  ID: 2010.14.0151
10/31/2020

STOP! That cat is about to eat the class hamster! Happy #Halloween #campbellmuseums ID: 2010.14.0151

Join Our Board and Become a Part of Our History.The Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation is a 501-c-3...
10/30/2020

Join Our Board and Become a Part of Our History.

The Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation is a 501-c-3, non-profit, public benefit corporation of volunteers that support the Campbell Museums' goals of promoting the history of Campbell and Santa Clara Valley through volunteer efforts and financial assistance.

The Campbell Museum Foundation Board meets monthly. Now, during COVID the meetings are via Zoom. Meeting dates are the 3rd Monday of the month at 5:30 pm-- 7:30 pm. Board members help support the Campbell Museums through advocacy, fundraisers, committee work, and more. This is a working board and does ask for a few hours of volunteer time each month to work on committee projects.

New Board member orientation is provided and seasoned Board members can help new members learn about the roles and responsibilities.

And, for Campbell Museum Foundation Board Member information, please visit: https://www.campbellmuseums.com/museum-foundation

Happy Throwback Thursday! Maud L. Hyde (1887-1982) at the Hyde Home at 227 Alice Avenue in Campbell. Maud was married to...
10/29/2020

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Maud L. Hyde (1887-1982) at the Hyde Home at 227 Alice Avenue in Campbell. Maud was married to Ralph Hyde. They had a son, Homer Hyde. Photo captured on April 18, 1978.

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Loving this 1950s Sunsweet  letterhead #typetuesday #sunsweet #1950s #logo  ID: 1974.01.1464b
10/27/2020

Loving this 1950s Sunsweet letterhead #typetuesday #sunsweet #1950s #logo ID: 1974.01.1464b

This week's Throwback Thursday features a black and white photo of former Campbell Fire Chief, Ethan Lanphear, standing ...
10/22/2020

This week's Throwback Thursday features a black and white photo of former Campbell Fire Chief, Ethan Lanphear, standing in his garden. Lanphear served as chief of Campbell's Volunteer Fire Department from 1913 to 1919 and the city saw many improvements to its safety under his leadership—including the installation of fire hydrants around the city and the purchasing of chemical fire pumps. Following his tenure at the fire department, Lanphear entered the banking business. Photo captured in 1937.

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10/22/2020
We have winners!

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Campbell Museums' Art Show, 2020 - Theme: Joy

In the 2D Youth category Aanya Subramanian won 1st place.
In the 2D Adult category Susan Butler-Graham won 1st place.
In the 3D Youth category Danijela Concion won 1st place.
In the 3D Adult category Greg Bressani won 1st place.

Honey is one of the most amazing substances on earth! A few cool facts about honey:1. HONEY NEVER SPOILS. 2. HONEY WAS A...
10/22/2020
Mike and Niki's Honey Talk and Tasting | campbellmuseums

Honey is one of the most amazing substances on earth! A few cool facts about honey:
1. HONEY NEVER SPOILS.
2. HONEY WAS A HOT COMMODITY IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE.
3. HONEY IS MEDICINAL.
4. THERE ARE DIFFERENT FLAVORS AND COLORS OF HONEY.
5. NOT ALL HONEY IS MADE BY BEES.

Learn more about honey from Mike and Niki's Honey Company.
Tasty Tuesday is right around the corner. Register to log in and learn: https://www.campbellmuseums.com/product-page/mike-and-niki-s-honey-talk-and-tasting

Tasty Tuesday with Mike & Niki's Honey Tuesday, October 27, 20205pm - 6pmvia Zoom Join us for a fascinating talk from local honey producers and entrepreneurs Mike and Niki's Honey Company. They will discuss the history of agriculture in this area, how honey is produced, they will lead us through...

10/21/2020
We have winners!

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Campbell Museums' Art Show, 2020 - Theme: Joy

In the 2D Youth category Camilla Williamson won 2nd place.
In the 2D Adult category Momo Cha won 2nd place.
In the 3D Adult category Duane Kuroda won 2nd place.

#onthisday in 1962 Campbell high and Blackford high football teams were set to duke it out on the gridiron. 3pm kickoff!...
10/21/2020

#onthisday in 1962 Campbell high and Blackford high football teams were set to duke it out on the gridiron. 3pm kickoff! ID: 2018.08.0002

10/20/2020
We have winners!

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Campbell Museums' Art Show, 2020 - Theme: Joy

In the 2D Youth category Reena Kim won 3rd place.
In the 2D Adult category Veronika Hsu won 3rd place.

Me and My Shadow, written in 1927, has been recorded by over 35 different artists! Today, we also admire the actual shee...
10/20/2020

Me and My Shadow, written in 1927, has been recorded by over 35 different artists! Today, we also admire the actual sheet music for its #design and #typography. #1920s #typetuesday ID: 1995.30.0002

A black and white postcard of the Benjamin O. Curry building on Campbell Avenue. The two-story Mission Revival style bui...
10/16/2020

A black and white postcard of the Benjamin O. Curry building on Campbell Avenue. The two-story Mission Revival style building was built in 1913 and housed Curry's real estate business, a drug store, and several other businesses throughout the years. The building is now the home of Blue Line Pizza. Photo captured between 1913 and 1917.

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This 1878 certificate for teaching first grade in Redwood City, California, earned by Alfred Hills, is sporting some cla...
10/13/2020

This 1878 certificate for teaching first grade in Redwood City, California, earned by Alfred Hills, is sporting some classic "certificate" typeface vibes. There are scores on the back for arithmetic, grammar, geography, history of the United States, Theory of teaching, algebra, physiology, natural philosophy, the constitution of US and CA, school law of CA, penmanship, natural history, composition, reading, orthography, vocal music, industrial drawing. #typetuesday #typography #teaching #redwoodcity ID: 1980.42.0008

This week's Throwback Thursday features a photo of the first Cambrian School in Campbell. The schoolhouse was located on...
10/08/2020

This week's Throwback Thursday features a photo of the first Cambrian School in Campbell. The schoolhouse was located on the corner of Casey (now Curtner) and Bascom Ave. The Cambrian School District was established on November 3, 1863. This photo was captured in 1882.

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This 1921 sheet music has some lovely typography. Printed by Sherman, Clay and Co, San Francisco. #typetuesday #typograp...
10/06/2020

This 1921 sheet music has some lovely typography. Printed by Sherman, Clay and Co, San Francisco. #typetuesday #typography #music #artdeco ID:1974.01.0995

Do you ever visit the percolation ponds at Los Gatos Creek Trail in Campbell? This week's Throwback Thursday features a ...
10/01/2020

Do you ever visit the percolation ponds at Los Gatos Creek Trail in Campbell? This week's Throwback Thursday features a photo of the trail and one of the perc ponds! These ponds are also called infiltration basins and they're generally used to manage stormwater runoff, among other things! Photo captured in 1970.

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Here's the link to the survey: BIT.LY/COLORCAMPBELLSURVEY
10/01/2020

Here's the link to the survey: BIT.LY/COLORCAMPBELLSURVEY

Make your photos of the fall colors pop - in 3D! Our #objectofthemonth is this TDC (Three Dimension Company) Stereo Colo...
10/01/2020

Make your photos of the fall colors pop - in 3D! Our #objectofthemonth is this TDC (Three Dimension Company) Stereo Colorist II camera that was introduced in 1954. A stereo camera is a type of camera with two or more lenses with a separate image sensor. This allows the camera to simulate human binocular vision and gives it the ability to capture three-dimensional images - a process known as stereo photography. Id:2008.03.0048a-b

How has COVID-19 affected you?  The Campbell Museums is looking for diaries, journals, objects, letters, texts, emails, ...
09/30/2020

How has COVID-19 affected you?
The Campbell Museums is looking for diaries, journals, objects, letters, texts, emails, images, videos, art, etc., to document what our community and the world are experiencing during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Head to our website and help us preserve Campbell's story during this time: https://www.campbellmuseums.com/how-to-document-the-covid-19-pandem

This label for Sanclar Pears is this week's #typetuesday inspirtaion. Grown and packed by Sweetbriar Orchards, San Jose,...
09/29/2020

This label for Sanclar Pears is this week's #typetuesday inspirtaion. Grown and packed by Sweetbriar Orchards, San Jose, CA. #campbellca #campbellmuseums

Here's the link to the survey: BIT.LY/COLORCAMPBELLSURVEY
09/24/2020

Here's the link to the survey: BIT.LY/COLORCAMPBELLSURVEY

1998.42.0010    Car buffs: Can you help us date and identify this car? Image of members of the Scholz family driving thr...
09/24/2020

1998.42.0010 Car buffs: Can you help us date and identify this car? Image of members of the Scholz family driving through their orchard. Around 1915. #tbt #campbellmuseums #campbellca #vintagecars

How has COVID-19 affected you?  The Campbell Museums is looking for diaries, journals, objects, letters, texts, emails, ...
09/23/2020

How has COVID-19 affected you?
The Campbell Museums is looking for diaries, journals, objects, letters, texts, emails, images, videos, art, etc., to document what our community and the world are experiencing during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Head to our website and help us preserve Campbell's story during this time: https://www.campbellmuseums.com/how-to-document-the-covid-19-pandem

Today is the first day of Autumn, so get your sweaters ready - or, for us Californians, just keep enjoying the sunny day...
09/22/2020

Today is the first day of Autumn, so get your sweaters ready - or, for us Californians, just keep enjoying the sunny days! Pictured here is a letter sweater from Campbell Union High School in the 1930s.#autumn #campbellca #campbellmuseums

This Coty Skin Freshner bottle has a great 1940s vibe. I aplogize for the weird angle! #typetuesday #design #packaging #...
09/22/2020

This Coty Skin Freshner bottle has a great 1940s vibe. I aplogize for the weird angle! #typetuesday #design #packaging #campbellmuseums #campbellca

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51 N. Central Avenue
Campbell, CA
95008

General information

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.

Opening Hours

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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Hi all... I am one of the regulars at the Campbell RB... I wanted to do something for the employees, so I am collecting money and distributing it... Liz, one of the managers, will help me vet the list of employees, I hope you can help to donate. We raised a little over $1000 in one day.
March is Women's History Month https://www.facebook.com/events/1104547889878386/
Your library stories are very timely! Today is "Library Card Registration Day," spearheaded by the rapper "Noname," (who's awesome, by the way ☺️ )
Anyone remember the Whitehouse cheese steak sandwich shop?
Here is a Campbell Union Graduation program from June of 1947. My Dad (Robert G. Hoyt) went there in 1947. His family returned to Indiana after he attended Campbell Union his junior year.
Last spring, our school checked out one of your traveling trunks that included some great information about Benjamin Campbell. One student asked if Campbell did anything to celebrate his birthday and I passed on the question and I think you were going to consider it for this year. Given October 16th is coming up soon, I thought I'd check in and see if you were going to do anything this year. If so, I'd love to share it with our school...thanks!
Be sure to check out country pop artist Steven Ybarra at the Campbell Summer Concert on July 6th. :)