The Mountain View Historical Association was established over 50 years ago and currently has 299 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 2:00 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.

Mark your Calendars!

MVHA Annual Fall Meeting - Sunday November 2nd, 2014. Doors open at 12:00 pm, meeting at 1:00 the Old Adobe Building - Moffett Blvd. & Central Expressway (Parking in the rear of Central Expressway).

We are excited to have Jack Boyd ,NASA Ames Senior Advisor on history as our featured guest speaker. Attend our last event of 2014 by celebrating the 75th Anniversary of NASA Ames Research Center.



President's Message - By Patricia Figueroa - MVHA President

Hi Everyone,

This September 9th was the 60th Anniversary of the Mountain View Historical Association and we had an early birthday party at our Summer BBQ. And what a BBQ it was– a sellout crowd! Thanks to all for coming and sorry to those who we weren’t able to accommodate.

The theme of the BBQ was “Linda’s Parisian Burgers,” and we were very pleased to have the owner of Linda’s join us, Rebecca Riggs, along with her daughters JoEllen Dunn and Linda Bell (the drivein’s namesake). They so kindly gave us their recipe for the “special sauce” which seems to have been enjoyed by all. The BBQ requires a lot of hands working before, during, and after, and we wouldn’t have been able to serve 150 Parisian Burgers without our volunteers! Thanks to all who helped make the BBQ such a success.

Parisian Burgers at the BBQ is the most recent example of how the MVHA is trying to more actively engage our existing members while also reaching out to potential new members. Doing so is critical to ensure the MVHA remains vital for another 60 years. Much progress has already been made, including the following:

  • Updating our publications (brochures, newsletter, etc.)
  • Creating a robust presence on-line (613 “likes” on facebook!)
  • Participating in community events (See Page 3 of Newsletter)
  • Developing compelling programs for our Adobe Building events
  • Public displays of our images/archival info.

But there is still much more work to be done! For many years, building a museum at Cuesta Park was the focus of our organization. With those plans shelved, we have focused on building a stronger MVHA, one that will be better positioned to help fulfill our mission to preserve and share Mountain View’s history.

The next step in this on-going process is our upcoming membership meeting on November 2. In addition to our planned program on NASA Ames Research Center’s 75th, we will be electing new Executive Officers. Due to other commitments, Vice-President Cliff Del Carlo will be stepping off the Board. Cliff’s dedication and service to the MVHA Board has been invaluable, and he will be missed. Candace Bowers, a librarian who frequently works in the History Center, has accepted a nomination to replace Cliff as Vice-President.

The rest of the Executive Committee, which consists of myself (President), Jamil Shaikh (Secretary) and John Figueroa (Treasurer) have accepted nominations for another two-year term. While we are happy to continue to serve this organization, there is a collective desire among the Board to develop new leadership. If anyone is interested in these or other Board positions, please contact me.

Another important reason to attend our November 2 meeting: We need your input on the future of the organization! We will be distributing a survey to everyone in attendance that will help the Board make plans for 2015 and beyond. Don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time ends that morning, and we need to adjust our clocks “back” an hour on that day. Hope to see you there at 1PM!

- Pat Figueroa, MVHA President

(650) 965-4783,     patfig@ix.netcom.com

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