The Mountain View Historical Association was established over 60 years ago and currently has 311 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 Annual Spring Membership Meeting. Sunday May 1, 2016 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Old Adobe Building 157 Moffett Boulevard, Mountain View.

Presentation at this Spring meeting will be "More than a Mall: Mayfield". Please join us as historian Steve Staiger shares the tale of the long-lost Town of Mayfield, and Mountain View book author Nick Perry presents a slide show on Mayfield Mall.

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



President's Message - By Candace Bowers - MVHA President

Since you are probably wondering why my name appears in this byline instead of that of Pat Figueroa, I will tell you with mixed feelings that I have taken on Pat’s role as president of our association, as Pat needs to end her term early, rather than at the end of the year. While I am happy to step into this position, I will certainly miss Pat and her dedication to all things Mountain View. The Board and I are so grateful to her for all she has done for the Association and for our city.

You might know me from the library and/or the Mountain View History Center. I’ve been with the library for 26 years, first as the bookmobile driver and now as a librarian in the adult services department. I also staff the History Center on Tuesdays. Having driven the bookmobile through the neighborhoods of Mountain View for four years, I often feel that there’s not a single street name I don’t know. I am occasionally proven wrong, though, by a visitor to the History Center who stumps me with a question—I am constantly learning something new from our residents.

I’m also hoping to meet more of you at our Spring Event on May 1, where we’ll host a program about Mayfield, the town AND the mall. We’ll be welcoming Steve Staiger from the Palo Alto Historical Association, as well as our own Nick Perry. August brings our famous summer BBQ, featuring those beloved Parisian burgers. For our fall event, we’re planning a celebration of Mountain View’s Mexican-American heritage. You can also spot us at the annual downtown parade on Saturday, April 23, (appropriately) in one of our board member’s vintage automobiles.

Our Spring event on May 1 will celebrate the history of Mountain View’s Mexican-American community. We’re still in the early stages of planning this event, and we welcome interested members to contact us with their ideas. Summer, of course, will see the return of our annual BBQ on August 7. You can expect the return of Linda’s Parisian Burgers! As for our Fall event, well, that’s still TBD. We welcome your suggestions!

Finally, I would like to share the good news that the Friends of the Immigrant House has indeed received the much-needed funding for the Immigrant House restoration project, from the County’s Historical Heritage Commission, in response to their grant request. The house’s future location at 771. N. Rengstorff Ave. will offer the community a new city park with a historic connection—a win/win for all!

See you at the Adobe!—Candace

- Candace Bowers, MVHA President

   president@mountainviewhistorical.org

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