The Mountain View Historical Association was established over 60 years ago and currently has 324 members. The Association is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of Mountain View by gathering data and cooperating with other organizations to promote and publish the history of this area.

The Association meets four times a year on the first Sundays in February, May, August and November at 1:00 PM. Our meetings are held in the Historic Adobe Building located at 157 Moffett Boulevard in Mountain View and are free and open to the public.

The first Sunday in August is our annual BBQ and raffle. The other quarterly meetings are a mixture of Historical Association business and guest speakers who often augment their presentations with Visuals (videos, slideshows, etc.) on a variety of topics pertaining to local history.

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Mark your Calendars!

Mtn. View Historical Association Winter Membership Meeting. Sunday May 7th, 2017 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at the Old Adobe Building 157 Moffett Boulevard, Mountain View.

Please join us at our Spring Event & Membership Meeting where we will focus on the history of Mountain View’s Japanese American community. Our event is timed to celebrate May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and to reflect on the 75th anniversary of Japanese internment.

We have invited members of Mountain View’s Japanese American community to share their stories and memories during the event. As of press time, our speakers include father-daughter duo Ellen Kamei and Ken Kamei. Ellen is a third-generation resident of Mountain View and currently serves on the city’s Environmental Planning Commission. Ken was born in a Japanese internment camp during World War II and was part of the first graduating class of Graham Middle School. Together they will share stories about their family’s history and their flower nursery business in Mountain View.

We encourage any other members of the community to come to the event and share memories, stories, photos or heirlooms related to local Japanese American history.RSVP not required, but please feel free to contact us at:

info@mountainviewhistorical.org or via phone at (650) 903-6890.

 

See photos of our May 2015 event at the Wunderman House,



President's Message - By Candace Bowers - MVHA President

Dear members:

Happy spring!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our winter event in February, with the Valentine theme of “I Love Mountain View.” We shared our favorite memories of our city and, as usual, we learned a lot from our long-time residents. Those of you who are on Facebook will know that our (very active) page is a great way to share photos and stories. But you also won’t want to miss our events, where you can meet in person and hear those stories straight from those who’ve lived them—and who might not be on Facebook. Some of you have commented that it’s nice to have a lower-key, less “action-packed” event once in a while so that we can really get to talk.

We took time to reflect on the life of someone who was such a big part of our community, our beloved friend, neighbor, and local historian, Barbara Kinchen. I am constantly amazed by her decades of work to preserve our local history because I see first-hand how her efforts have kept it alive. I also want to let you know about a proposed project in downtown Mountain View that involves two historic buildings. A developer has submitted an application to build a four-story office building at the site of the Julius Weilheimer house at 938 Villa Street and its neighbor at 954 Villa. (The properties are currently Chez TJ restaurant and the Tied House brew pub.) The Weilheimer house was built in 1894 for Julius Weilheimer, a local merchant, bank officer, and member of the first Board of Trustees, and his wife, Fannie. As we understand it, both the Weilheimer house and the Tied House building would be demolished. Representatives of our Association have asked to meet with the developer to learn more about this proposed project, and we will share this information with you as soon as we know. Meanwhile, if you are concerned about this project and the potential loss of this historic site, the time to contact the City Council is now.

See you at our spring event on Sunday, May 7 !

- Candace Bowers, MVHA President

   president@mountainviewhistorical.org

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