About Us

Our History

CHSM Treasurer Bill Kerr driving our restored Kelly Truck. The Permanente Quarry and Lehigh Hansen cement plant is in the background.

The Cupertino Historical Museum is owned and operated by the Cupertino Historical Society, a private, nonprofit educational organization, established in 1966. Like most of the nation’s older historical societies, we have always been a private organization and derive virtually all our support from membership, donations, grants, and our endowment. The Cupertino Historical Society and Museum (CHSM) is the city’s oldest (and only) cultural organization whose purpose is to preserve and present Cupertino’s unique history. We have been bringing stories of our past to the community, our schools, and other organizations for over half a century.

Our hope is to share the richness of our diverse cultures while serving as the city’s repository of culture and history.

The Historical Museum was opened in 1990, as an integral feature of the Quinlan Community Center. History in Cupertino is being made every day and is constantly evolving.

We will continue our mission by collecting, preserving, and presenting the artifacts, ephemera, and oral histories that represent the past and present of Cupertino. Our collection spans over 100 years of Cupertino’s history and contains more than 5,000 items including manuscripts, graphics, photographs, books, artifacts, and other historically relevant objects accessible at our museum or on loan at other organizations.

Our Leadership

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Darryl Stow, Board President

Darryl, a third generation Californian, moved to Cupertino with his wife, Dorothy, and two children in 1966 when transferred by his employer, Pacific Telephone. He retired from the company in 1994 as Regional Manager – Operator Services for the Bay Area. Darryl has been very active working with non-profit organizations in Cupertino, both before and after his retirement. He is currently serving his second two-year term as President of the Cupertino Historical Society + Museum. The first term was 2009-2011. His other community service includes senior level leadership positions with: Cupertino American Little League; Cupertino Kiwanis Club; Cupertino Chamber of Commerce; Northwest YMCA; and the Rotary Club of Cupertino. He also served as a board member for the Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation and as a member of Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committees for both of our local school districts.

Neeraj Mathur, Vice President

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Sharon Blaine, Immediate Past President

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Bill Kerr, Treasurer

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Valerie Abid, Secretary

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Jane Alvarado

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Donna Austin

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Jason Foreman

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Michael Foulkes

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Gail Fretwell-Hugger

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JR Fruen

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Sandra James

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Phil Johnson

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Bruce Parsons

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Janet Riddell

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Advisory Council

Helene Davis

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Mark McKenna

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Shannon Patrick Lee

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Paula Quinterno

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Crystal Tai

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Steve Ting

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Traveling Trunk Coordinator

Sonja Cook

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Staff

Jennifer Furlong, Executive Director

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Alecia Thomas, Collections Assistant

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Anya Nazarova, Intern

Anya is a full time student in her second year at Foothill College majoring in Graphics and Interactive Design. She enrolled in the Humanities Mellon Scholars Program through which she became an intern at CHSM.

Her duties are helping Alecia Thomas (Collections Assistant) catalog the collection, being a docent, editing the MAP program workbooks, modernizing the website, and assisting Jennifer Furlong (Executive Director) in any other tasks needed.

The Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm. Board meetings are open to all members in good standing.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming involved with our dynamic Board, please contact our Executive Director, Jennifer Furlong

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission Statement: The mission of the Cupertino Historical Society and Museum is to preserve and share Cupertino’s past, strengthen our sense of community, and make Cupertino history available for all.

Vision: We aspire to represent all Cupertino citizens as we meaningfully share the ever-evolving story of Cupertino with a broader audience.

Values

  • We are dedicated to preserving the past, as we believe knowledge and appreciation of history matters.
  • We are trusted stewards, committed to telling an accurate and inclusive story of Cupertino.
  • We are service-oriented, and we are welcoming and respectful to all.
  • We operate as a team; we are clear about our goals, transparent, and collaborate for success.
  • We are purposeful; we are innovative and resourceful in the advancement of our mission.
  • We embrace partnerships, and we are a strong and active contributor to our community. 
  • We are an educational resource and historic archive to scholars, students, and the public.
  • We pursue enduring financial stability and the best use of our resources.

Associations and Institutional Memberships

Founding member of the new association of Bay Area Historical Societies and Museums.

CAM brings together the individuals and institutions of the California museum community to further education and training, foster development, and provide support for museums and their staff.

The Conference of California Historical Societies (CCHS) was founded in 1954 as a federation of historical societies, museums, libraries, and other history-oriented groups and individuals.

CCHS helps historians, and others who are interested in California history, to connect and share information—joining efforts to preserve records, artifacts, sites, and buildings, throughout the State. CCHS also helps local societies and small museums learn about and put into practice the most effective management, acquisition, preservation, and restoration techniques.

(ROAM) is a network of museums in North America and beyond who extend the benefit of reciprocal free admission to one another’s members (as determined by each museum individually).

The North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association® network is a mosaic of 1,178 art museums and galleries, historical museums and societies, botanical gardens, children’s museums, zoos and more. When you sign up with your favorite participating NARM institution you can receive reciprocal membership benefits across the United States, Canada, Bermuda, El Salvador and Mexico.

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is the only organization representing the entire museum field, from art and history museums to science centers and zoos. Since 1906, we have been championing museums through advocacy and providing museum professionals with the resources, knowledge, inspiration, and connections they need to move the field forward. Our Alliance of 35,000 museums and museum professionals seeks to better our communities, and our world, through collaborative human-centered experiences, education, and connection to histories, cultures, the natural world, and one another.

We are a certifying organization with the PVSA. In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.