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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Mtn. View Historical Association Annual Summer Barbeque and Membership Meeting for 2015. Sunday August 2nd, 1:00 p.m. at the Old Adobe Building 157 Moffett Boulevard, Mountain View.

This summer, as Disneyland celebrates its 60th anniversary, we’ll be celebrating the history of Arrow Development – the Mtn. View-based company that helped design and manufacture many of the park’s most famous attractions.

We are very excited to announce our special guest speaker, renowned theme park ride designer Bob Gurr! In 1954, Bob was hired by Walt Disney to join his team of “Imagineers.” For the next four decades, Bob led the design of iconic Disneyland ride vehicles and worked directly with Arrow Development on the design of the world’s first modern steel roller coaster, the Matterhorn Bobsleds! You won’t want to miss this special event, so RSVP. BBQ RSVP Form PDF

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

President's Message - By Patricia Figueroa - MVHA President

On May 3rd we had a very successful spring event at the former Blue & Gold Kennel Club. Thank you to Gilda Wunderman and Toshi Kumagai for opening the Wunderman House to the MVHA. Our volunteer tour guides did a wonderful job of guiding our guests through the house. While waiting for their tour, guests enjoyed snacks and some great live music. Thank you to everyone who participated in making this event so successful —we were able to introduce the MVHA to a great number of Mtn. View residents.

At our last meeting, the MVHA Board voted to allocate funds for an interpretive sign that will be located in the new Veterans’ Memorial located at Eagle Park at 650 Franklin Street. The memorial will be located in the colonnaded plaza near the park’s poolhouse. As many of you know, the center of the plaza features the historic flagpole and war memorial plaques from Mtn. View Union High School. A few months ago, the flagpole base was removed from the site for necessary reconstruction and a “time capsule” was discovered with a variety of things placed there by the city employees who worked on the Eagle Park project.

Sometimes as residents we think that when city employees are working on a project, it’s “just another job.” But the contents of the capsule are a nice reminder of what dedicated civil servants we have. I’d like to share with you one of the items discovered, an “Inter-Office Memorandum” dated November 7, 1989 (about three weeks after the big September 1989 earthquake), which is partly transcribed below:

To: The Future ; From: Harvey Tregembo, Facilities Superintendent As I sit here writing this note for the time capsule I am struck by how many things this flagpole and its base really represent. It is a statement of respect and recognition for those who have gone on before us. It is also a symbol of the new spirit within this City, but most of all for me it represents all of the intangible things the Facilities Department stands for. The fine craftsmanship and care used in constructing the base speak to the limitless abilities of this crew. The effort to actually build it is evidence of the “Can Do” attitude that allowed this project to be a success during a time of incredible workload. The involvement in this project is an example of the strong desire to “Serve with Excellence.”

Harvey’s memo goes on to say a few kind words about each member of his team. We don’t have the space to print the full memo here, but their names are Larry Barton, Gary Bartos, Fay Beatty, Joe Gallegos, Wilma Haftel, Bruce Mallory, Tom Morrisey, Ken “Sarge” Schmidtke, Gary Spears, Dave Trotter, and Jesus Zuniga. Harvey concluded the memo by writing, “I have never found it so easy to say good things about people nor found a group of people I admire so much.”

Harvey, from the future – Thanks for sharing! And to his Facilities Department crew – thanks for working so hard to preserve this piece of Mtn. View history! We look forward to seeing the flag pole gain even deeper meaning as part of the Veterans Memorial.

- Pat Figueroa, MVHA President

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