Cupertino Historical Society and Museum

Cupertino Historical Society and Museum We are a nonprofit historical society and museum dedicated to preserving the past and documenting the future of Cupertino, California.
We aspire to represent all Cupertino citizens as we meaningfully share the ever-evolving story of Cupertino with a broader audience.
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05/09/2020
PBS

Hear the stories of people across America as they discuss how COVID-19 has impacted their lives.

Hear the stories of people across America as they share in their own words how the pandemic has affected us all — and brought us together. "In This Together: A PBS American Portrait Story" premieres Friday at 9/8c.

05/07/2020

Wow! The submissions to our COVID-19 Project are pouring in! Keep it up!

Cupertino Patch has compiled a list of local businesses that are open/closed.  You can access it here:
05/04/2020
Cupertino Patch Small Business Open or Closed List (Responses)

Cupertino Patch has compiled a list of local businesses that are open/closed. You can access it here:

Form Responses 1 Click here to add your business,13 Timestamp,Email Address,Business name,Type of Business,Business address,Open or closed?,Notes for customers (Hours, pick-up, deliv...

Chalk your walk and spread some positivity + love! Then take a photo of your work and upload it to our #documenting hist...
05/02/2020

Chalk your walk and spread some positivity + love! Then take a photo of your work and upload it to our #documenting history project (link in bio) @cityofcupertino #CupertinoCares

Thank you, Until suburbia for giving our COVID-19 documentation project a shout out in your cool blog! Join our project ...
05/01/2020
Share your COVID-19 experiences

Thank you, Until suburbia for giving our COVID-19 documentation project a shout out in your cool blog! Join our project today!

Everybody agrees that these are strange and unprecedented times. The new normal will be walking around with a mask and getting used to not touching our faces. To survive a pandemic is an accomplish…

04/30/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) | City of Cupertino, CA

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | City of Cupertino, CA

This page is for general information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). For specific and up-to-date information, visit U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

Thank you to our friends at City Hall for helping to get the word out about our #DocumentingHistory project!
04/28/2020

Thank you to our friends at City Hall for helping to get the word out about our #DocumentingHistory project!

Life in Cupertino is different these days, even for our quail friends by the Don Burnett Bridge. Cupertino Historical Society and Museum is calling on the community to help document life in Cupertino during the COVID-19 pandemic, as we are living through a historically notable time.

Submissions can be any of the following:
• Writings
• Signage
• Photos
• Drawings, paintings, and other forms of art you're creating and documenting
• Short Videos (limited to 500 MB file size, for larger files please email [email protected])

Fill out the submission form here: https://bit.ly/3bKM5HH

For any questions, email Executive Director Jennifer Furlong at [email protected].

The diary entries from a woman in southwestern Ohio about farm work and life during the 1918 flu pandemic and World War ...
04/27/2020
Family diaries kept during Spanish flu give Ohio descendants hope during coronavirus pandemic — NBC News

The diary entries from a woman in southwestern Ohio about farm work and life during the 1918 flu pandemic and World War I have brought her future generations comfort and hope as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

“While a global pandemic shuttering schools and businesses feels like new territory, many of our families still bear the scars of the 1918 influenza pandemic,” Amy Patterson says.

Thank you for helping us get the word out, Cupertino Chamber of Commerce!
04/26/2020

Thank you for helping us get the word out, Cupertino Chamber of Commerce!

We want to hear your story! Cupertino Historical Society & Museum Documenting Cupertino During COVID-19
Be part of the story! https://bit.ly/352e2bD #Cupertino #BayArea #SiliconValley #COVID-19 #Museum #Family

We need your help to document what is going on in your homes, at your jobs, and in the community. We want to hear your s...
04/24/2020

We need your help to document what is going on in your homes, at your jobs, and in the community. We want to hear your story. We want to know how you and your family are experiencing the current pandemic and "new normal" of life in the Bay Area.

Here are some examples of what we're looking for:
Writings
Signage
Photos
Drawings, paintings, and other forms of art you're creating and documenting.
Short Videos (limited to 100 MB files size, for larger files, please email [email protected])

Members: There is still time to VOTE in Board Elections!! Click here: https://forms.gle/mtU6wwi15AqDiG4e8
04/24/2020
Cupertino Historical Society + Museum 2021 Ballot

Members: There is still time to VOTE in Board Elections!! Click here: https://forms.gle/mtU6wwi15AqDiG4e8

Because we are not able to hold our normal Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors has decided to move our 2020-2021 Election Online! Please vote yes/no for our 2020-2021 slate of Executive Board Officers and Members of the Board of Directors who are choosing to serve for an additional term of office...

04/22/2020

We are currently living through a historically notable time! We need your help to document what is going on in your homes, at your jobs, and in the community. We want to hear your story. We want to know how you and your family are experiencing the current pandemic and "new normal" of life in the Bay Area.

Here are some examples of what we're looking for:
Writings
Signage
Photos
Drawings, paintings, and other forms of art you're creating and documenting.
Short Videos (limited to 100 MB files size, for larger files, please email [email protected])

ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM: bit.ly/CupertinoCOVID19

04/18/2020

What does quarantine life look like in your home? CHSM wants to hear about how you’re coping with the coronavirus crisis. Send us stories, photos and videos to [email protected].
We want to document your lives during this time.

ATTENTION MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING!!Because we are not able to hold our normal Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors ha...
04/16/2020
Cupertino Historical Society + Museum 2021 Ballot

ATTENTION MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING!!
Because we are not able to hold our normal Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors has decided to move our 2020-2021 Election Online! Please vote yes/no for our 2020-2021 slate of Executive Board Officers and Members of the Board of Directors who are choosing to serve for an additional term of office.

It's Election time for our organization, so here's how to vote:
-Click on the Ballot Below
-Check a box for each Officer and Board Member
-Fill in your Name
-Submit

Thank you for voting!!

Because we are not able to hold our normal Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors has decided to move our 2020-2021 Election Online! Please vote yes/no for our 2020-2021 slate of Executive Board Officers and Members of the Board of Directors who are choosing to serve for an additional term of office...

04/15/2020

Our April Board Meeting has been cancelled. Stay safe, we’ll see you in May!

04/08/2020

Members of The Cupertino Historical Society & Museum,

Our 2020 Annual Meeting, originally scheduled for April 25, has been canceled.

To that end, we will be conducting the election of the Board of Directors officers well as the members of the Board of Directors online. Our nominating committee has put together the following slate of officers for the year 2020-2021: President: Sharon Blaine; Vice Presidents: Janet Riddell and Fabrizio Vitagliano; Recording Secretary: Valerie Abid; Treasurer: Bill Kerr. However, any member in good standing may choose to run for any of these offices. Please let us know if you are interested in running. Near the end of the month, we will send out another email asking for your votes for Officers and Board members. Questions? Please call or email Sharon Blaine at 408-257-6410 or email her at [email protected].

We have tentatively scheduled the Annual BBQ for Sunday, June 28 at Deep Cliff Golf Course; however, this date may need to be changed. We will keep you updated as public health recommendations change.

The Quinlan Community Center, which houses the museum, is closed until further notice. We will be following City of Cupertino protocols and only reopen the museum to the public when deemed safe.

We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy.

***We urge our membership to make donations to West Valley Community Services, who need immediate monetary donations to support their COVID-19 Relief Programs. ***

03/18/2020

We are closed until further notice. Stay safe!

03/16/2020

Board Meeting: Wednesday, March 18, 4 pm Quinlan Conference Room! Open to all members!

03/14/2020

Please follow the City of Cupertino, particularly regarding public facilities closures, to know the latest about museum open hours. If the Quinlan Center is closed, we are closed. Stay safe!

Looking for things to do in Cupertino, check out Until Suburbia's list. We're partial to number 22!
03/06/2020
Cupertino

Looking for things to do in Cupertino, check out Until Suburbia's list. We're partial to number 22!

50 things to do in Cupertino Cupertino is of course known as Apple’s headquarters; and there are a few things to do around the fact that Apple is the leading employer, e.g. until the summer of 2020…

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the historical Paul & Eddie’s in support of “A Trip Down Memory Lane” today. #...
03/01/2020

Thank you so much to everyone who came to the historical Paul & Eddie’s in support of “A Trip Down Memory Lane” today. #WeAreCupertino #paulandeddies #MonteVista #CHSM

It is shaping up to be a banner event! #Memories #CHSM #WeAreCupertino #LeapDay2020
02/29/2020

It is shaping up to be a banner event! #Memories #CHSM #WeAreCupertino #LeapDay2020

Museums are for EVERYONE! That's why all of our (non-fundraising) events are FREE and open to the public.  Courtesy of t...
02/28/2020

Museums are for EVERYONE! That's why all of our (non-fundraising) events are FREE and open to the public. Courtesy of the American Alliance of Museums

Join us for our Annual Meeting on April 29--Cupertino Room, Quinlan Community Center. Time TBD
02/27/2020

Join us for our Annual Meeting on April 29--Cupertino Room, Quinlan Community Center. Time TBD

02/20/2020
02/18/2020

Board Meeting: Wednesday, February 19, Quinlan Center Conference Room

We're sorry-this year's Paul and Eddie's "A Trip Down Memory Lane" is SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who snapped up the...
02/17/2020

We're sorry-this year's Paul and Eddie's "A Trip Down Memory Lane" is SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who snapped up their tickets early. If you missed this event, we hope to see you at a future time.

Last week we had another group of special visitors at the museum from the Quinlan Preschool. Mr. Darryl, my lovely assis...
02/16/2020

Last week we had another group of special visitors at the museum from the Quinlan Preschool. Mr. Darryl, my lovely assistant, was a big hit with the rotary telephone! @ Cupertino Historical Society and Museum

01/23/2020
01/20/2020
01/05/2020

Just a reminder, we will be closed next week for building maintenance. We re-open January 15 at 10 am!

We cannot help but reflect on the amazing year that was 2019 as we look to the future with anticipation and excitement. ...
12/31/2019

We cannot help but reflect on the amazing year that was 2019 as we look to the future with anticipation and excitement. We are so grateful for our Board of Directors, volunteers, donors, members and supporters. Thank you for making 2019 one for the books! #WeAreCupertino

12/29/2019

A recent British study showed that: “People going to museums, art galleries, exhibitions, the theatre, concerts, or the opera once or twice a year had a 14% lower risk of dying during a follow-up period.”

Come see us, it’s good for you!

12/27/2019

There is still time to support our Annual Fund Drive before 12/31! Click the Donate Button!

Address

10185 N Stelling Rd
Cupertino, CA
95014

General information

The Museum is located inside the Quinlan Community Center. The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(408) 973-1495

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Our History

The mission of the Cupertino Historical Society and Museum is to preserve and share Cupertino’s past, strengthen the sense of community and make Cupertino history available for all.

Our purpose is to "Create a Passion for history". We do this by collecting the artifacts and ephemera that represent the past and present of Cupertino. There are over 5,000 artifacts spanning over 100 years of Cupertino’s history in our collection – including settlement, agriculture, education, home life, and business.

On May 2, 1966, the Cupertino Historical Society was founded as a non-profit organization by Louis Stocklmeir, the city's historian, and a group of 177 longtime residents concerned about the rapid growth in the area and vanishing heritage. To that end, early society members began collecting artifacts that would become the foundation of the collection on display in our museum at the Quinlan Center.

Opened in 1990, the Cupertino Historical Museum, housed in the Quinlan Community Center, is a growing repository of artifacts, documents, photographs, and oral histories of city residents, industries, and businesses past and present. Through revolving exhibits, the Museum attempts to develop and expand the learning opportunities that it offers to the culturally diverse community of the City of Cupertino and its surrounding areas.

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I just found out about your organization. How wonderful! I write biographies for hire and can always use help filling in the gaps when people have trouble remembering details from long ago.
Join me in Apricot Heaven with this new blog post! Come join the Blenheim fun at B&R Farms U-Pick July 13 from 9-3, Andy's Orchards Farm Tour & Tasting July 20 from 10-2, and a Book Talk August 1st at Books Inc. Campbell at 6 pm.
With stunning pictures and lovely Chinese string music, this slideshow presents excerpts of a book available at the Cupertino Historical Soceity & Museum, A Poetic Portal to Chinese Culture: https://youtu.be/lCYaqFREHTo ☺️
Spring blossoms lift up our spirits, brighten the world around us, and send our thoughts forward to the summer fruits they will bear. Festivals celebrating our favorite fruit are about to begin!
Here are some thoughts about my love of apricots and orchard history in a new blog post that springs from my recent TV interview.
I hope you will join us in a day of celebration with Lisa's new blog post, National Apricot Day! There are so many ways to enjoy California’s most wonderful fruit, even in January.
The Saratoga IOOF and Saratoga Historical Foundation are co-sponsoring a free lecture Nov. 10 by Lisa Prince Newman based on her new book, “For the Love of Apricots: Recipes and Memories of the Santa Clara Valley.” The lecture and the book cover the region’s orchard heritage, when it was known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight, with a focus on the apricot. Lisa Prince Newman’s book combines history, personal memories from a childhood in Saratoga surrounded by orchards and recipes using apricots. The lecture starts at 5 p.m. at the Saratoga IOOF, 14414-A Oak Street, Saratoga.
Best wishes to new CHSM Director, Jennifer E. Furlong.
Sharing the Joy of Apricots with you in this new blog post!
Years ago I went to an estate sale in Cupertino and bought part of the negative archive of a photographer that was active in the area in the 50's and 60's. I have just started sorting through the 4X5 negatives and it looks like there so much local history there... Here is a rough scan of one of the negatives I randomly pulled out of the hundreds from that collection. I scanned this on a regular flatbed scanner using my cell phone light to back light it.. Guess it is time to save up for a good negative scanner for this and all mine from the past as well...
Lisa added a new article on apricots: The apricot harvest is in full swing and this year’s crop is outstanding. I have a new blog post about apricot festivals, farm tours, and book signing events that I hope you enjoy!
Apricots are ripening and arriving soon and so is my cookbook with recipes and memories of the Valley of Heart's Delight!