Santa Clara Valley History Collaborative

Santa Clara Valley History Collaborative

Santa Clara Valley History Collaborative sponsored by The Cupertino Library Foundation

The Cupertino Library Foundation in collaboration with the Cupertino Historical Society and the Cupertino Library formed the Santa Clara Valley History Collaborative with the purpose of enhancing and promoting the historical richness of Santa Clara Valley. Click here to view the History Collaborative Proclamation from the City of Cupertino.

“This collaboration is unique,” notes past Cupertino Community Librarian, Mark Fink,”As the Library has the California Western Americana collection (CWA ) and the Historical Society has the artifacts of the various eras in the development of the area, The Cupertino Library Foundation has been a catalyst in getting the collection catalogued, housed and displayed. We are truly working as a team to bring these priceless showings to the public.”

There will be two different themed displays a year on the second floor in the reference area of the Cupertino Library. Special display cases for the CWA collection and the artifacts are fashioned to accentuate the books and artifacts.

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Events / Exhibits

Cupertino Library Foundation Programs

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The Cupertino Library

Why it is Important to Our Community

In connection with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Cupertino Library’s new building and the 100th anniversary of the Santa Clara County Library District, a special panel discussion on “The Cupertino Library, Why it is Important to our Community” will be held on Sunday, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm August 24, 2014 in the Community Hall 10350 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014.

The panelists will include Nancy Howe, County Librarian for the Santa Clara, County Library District, Susan Fuller former County Librarian and Mary-Ann Wallace former Cupertino Community Librarian.  Eno Schmidt president of the Cupertino Library Foundation will moderate.

Cupertino Library Foundation supports lifelong learning and self-improvement programs for the Cupertino Community at the Cupertino LibraryJoin the event and panel of library leaders to learn how libraries are evolving and some of the key roles served by the Cupertino Library.

Panel Discussion

Sunday, August 24, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cupertino Community Hall
10350 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014

Eventbrite - The Cupertino Library:  Why it is Important to Our Community

This Event is FREE!

Attendance is free and registration for this panel discussion is optional.  While registration does not guarantee seating, your RSVP allows the Cupertino Library Foundation to send reminders and notify registrants of changes in programming.

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Silicon Valley Stories Video History Project

The Silicon Valley Stories Video History Project is gathering the memories and personal stories of local civic leaders and their families who have lived in Cupertino and the Santa Clara Valley. The goal of this project is to bring the past to life. These memories will serve as a source of information and entertainment for the community at large.

Silicon Valley Stories - Video History ProjectVideo Interviews

Sunday, April 7, 2013
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Quinlan Community Center


Interviews for the project will take place on Sunday, April 7th from 12-4 p.m. at the Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino. The interviews will last approximately 20 minutes.

Click here the Video Stories project instructions and list of sample interview questions.

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Click here to register!

Reserve your 30 minute appointment for the

Silicon Valley Stories

Individuals who participate in the Video History Project will receive one free unedited DVD copy of the interview that can be shared with family members and friends. A second DVD copy of the interview will be catalogued and stored at the Cupertino Library, as part of its California, Western, Americana (CWA) collection. Additionally, selected interviews may be included on the Library’s website or the Cupertino Library Foundation’s YouTube channel.

In addition to the video interviews, Helene Davis of the Cupertino Historical Society has pointed out that “stories…chosen from the archives of the CWA Collection, the California History Center (at Le Petit Trianon/De Anza College) and the Cupertino Historical Society….will be on display on the second floor of the Cupertino Library in the display case next to the CWA Collection through the end of June, 2013.”  When you next visit the library, visit the display and look for the yearbook description of Steve Jobs and others from the community.

Additional Resources

Click here for recommended reading about Silicon Valley Stories: Generations of Local Residents Who Made History on personal video histories.

Click here to read the Cupertino Library Foundation press release about the 2013 Video History Project.

Check back for more information and updated progress on this exciting video history project.

Thank You Sponsors!

The Silicon Valley Stories Video History Project is made possible by the Santa Clara Valley History Collaborative, consisting of the Cupertino Library, the Cupertino Library Foundation, the Cupertino Historical Society and the California History Center at De Anza College. CreaTV will be filming the interviews.