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.
President's Message - By Patricia Figueroa - MVHA President
Happy New Year Everyone! The MVHA Board has been busy planning another great year for our organization. First matter of business was formally approving our 2015 Board of Directors. In 2014 we said farewell to Cliff Del Carlo, our past Vice-President. He was an active and productive Board Member, and we are pleased that he has assured us that he will still help whenever he can. The Board also said goodbye to Barbara Kinchen after she retired from decades of dedicated service. We thank Eugene Sharp for taking on her most recent position as our Historical Data Chair.
New to the Board is Vice-President Candace Bowers, Director-at- Large Lisa Garcia, and Publicity Chair Mary Kay Marinovich. We are very excited to have them join us! A special thank you to the Board Members and Committee Chairs that agreed to serve for a new term. Your continued support of the Association is very appreciated.
Looking forward to 2015 and beyond, we plan to build off the momentum of the past few years. Membership is up (thank you all!) and we hope to continue to welcome new members and build stronger ties to the larger Mountain View community. Thanks to those of you who filled out our recent membership survey. Your input is helping us plan the future of the organization. If you haven’t filled out the survey and would like to offer your input - please don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas!
We have a variety of projects we hope to participate in this year - such as the new Veterans Memorial at Eagle Park and exploring opportunities to install new interpretive plaques at historic sites around Mountain View. We’re also planning a great line-up of events, starting on February 22 with our panel on one of Mountain View’s most fascinating areas - the North Bayshore. Note that the event has moved off the traditional “1st Sunday of the Month” schedule so as to not conflict with the Super Bowl. This will be especially helpful next year, when the game takes place at Levi’s Stadium.
We’re excited to announce that our Spring event on May 3 will take place at the historic Wunderman House on Eunice Avenue, a Prohibition-era speakeasy! Stay tuned for more details in our next newsletter. Our Summer event will return to the Adobe, where you’ll be pleased to know that Linda’s burgers will return to the menu!
Finally, we are looking for volunteers to help us represent the organization and share Mountain View history with the community. The most immediate needs are the following:
Spring Parade (April 25): Eugene Sharp has offered the use of one of his beautiful classic automobiles. We need a few volunteers to help with set-up and to ride with Eugene in the car. If we have enough volunteers, we might also staff an info table at the post parade event at Pioneer Park.
Thursday Night Live (Dates TBD): We are also exploring participating in the summer “Thursday Night Live”on Castro Street.
Please let me know if you can help us with some volunteer time. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to a fun and active year!
- Pat Figueroa, MVHA President
(650) 965-4783, email@example.com