California History Center

California History Center

A Taste of History
and a celebration of Cupertino's Mayors, 1955-2013


Please join us
a benefit for the California History Center

Date: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
Time: 3 - 6 p.m.

Cost: $75

  • Wine tasting by local wineries, including Burrell School Vineyards, Cooper-Garrod Estate Vinyards, Guglielmo Winery and Loma Prieta Winery
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Music by the De Anza College Jazz Ensemble
  • Presentation: Mayors of Cupertino

FOR TICKETS, please visit our Foothill-De Anza Foundation website. All proceeds support student and campus projects to preserve, record, and share our local history.

Purchase tickets by Oct. 20 — space is limited! Free parking in the Flint Center Parking Garage.

For more information, contact Tom Izu at or 408.864.8986.


Thank you to all who attended our 2nd A Taste of History event on Oct. 27, 2012. We appreciate your support!


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Click to view A Taste of History 2012 image gallery.


The event, entitled  "A Taste of History plus a Glimpse of the Future," featured gourmet food and wine tasting provided by five local wineries.


Wine historian and author Charles L. Sullivan gave a talk about the significance of the Santa Clara Valley in the state's winemaking past. A PowerPoint slide show of selected photographs from the CHC archives helped illustrate local viticultural history.


Topping off the event, college president Brian Murphy led a special tour of the new Media and Learning Center (one of the greenest campus buildings in the region), next to the California History Center. Guests also had a chance to see the photo and map panels celebrating the wine history of our historic corridor on the walls of the renovated Baldwin Winery building.


Thank you to our many sponsors for this event. We raised more than $13,000 to support student and campus projects that will preserve, document and share our local history.

At the fore is our Silicon Valley Documentation Project (Oral History Project) which links our students directly with De Anza's surrounding communities and helps them and their instructors to capture the stories of people who have made our lives rich with meaning and purpose, but may not otherwise be widely known.


Support for this project allows us to access new technology that will greatly enhance our students' ability to learn how to do this most important work, including the development of a digital repository and interactive mapping databases.



Would you like to make a donation for this program? Go to Give Now and include Silicon Valley Documentation Project in the Program Other field on the donation form.

Sunken Garden Renovation

The Sunken Garden Renovation project is complete! If you have not seen it, please stop by to step into this historic center of our De Anza landscape.


Check out the Historic Review Committee site plan presentation (PDF 20 MB) for a review of how the Sunken Garden was designed to reflect it's original purpose. Slides include concept drawings and photographs of updated fixtures and native plants planned for the garden.

Sunken Garden Site Concept Design



ICCE Moves to East Cottage

The East Cottage is the now the home for the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement and the CHC's new Resource and Research Lab (Social Sciences and Humanities Division).

California History Center
Building: CHC
Contact: Tom Izu
Phone: 408.864.8986

Last Updated: 9/13/13