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.