MUSEUM EXHIBITS

CUPERTINO: From The Ohlone To Crossroads To Incorporation

On View mid-October 2021 Till Present

Watch the history of early Cupertino unfold in this fascinating exhibit about the story of Cupertino before it was Cupertino. “From the Ohlone to Crossroads to Incorporation” traces the natural history of the area and early Native American settlements through the “Crossroads” and Incorporation of the City in 1955. Explore fascinating artifacts, original documents, and photographs paired with the incomparable pen and ink drawings of Cupertino’s own Pete Emig as you immerse yourself in pre-1950s Cupertino.

Homage to the Information Technology Revolution: 1975 to 1985

On View June 2019 - September 2021

The exhibition told the story of visionaries and entrepreneurs who, between 1975 and 1985, turned digital breakthroughs into a cultural revolution. During the next 30 years, this group of pioneers, championing what they called the “noble cause,” making information accessible to everyone. The Cupertino Historical Society + Museum is forever grateful for the opportunity to display these rare artifacts brought to us by our Italian benefactor, Marco Boglione.

A series of video interviews with the players of the time—including John Sculley, Allan Alcorn, Daniel Kottke, Jack Tramiel, Chuck Peddle, Lee Felsenstein, and Steve Wozniak—took visitors through the exhibition’s machines that made the history of the IT Revolution. Among them, the Programma 101 (Italy, Olivetti, 1965) and a very rare Apple-1 (Usa, Apple, 1976) complete with its original kit: the only “survivor” (there are no other examples known) with the original box sent from the Los Altos garage at Steve Jobs parents’ house, the original invoice featuring “Steven” as the salesman, a personal letter from Mr. Jobs to the customer and one of the first BASIC tapes without an Apple logo. For the first time in its history, the toolbox Steve Wozniak used to assemble the Apple-1 was on display with his creation. The teaser trailer for the exhibit is here.

This exhibit would not have been possible without the generosity of Marco Boglione and his staff.

John Doyle's Las Palmas Winery Exhibit

On View July 2011 - July 2012

This new exhibit uncovers the rich wine history of early Cupertino. Join us this summer and learn more about John Doyle and his state of the art winery. 

Valley of Heart's Delight Exhibit

On View [September 2011] - October 8, 2011

Come learn about Cupertino’s agricultural past. Learn more about when we were called the Valley of Heart’s Delight instead of Silicon Valley.

California Woman Suffrage Centennial Exhibit

On View August 2011 - December 2011

Come help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of the woman’s right to vote in California. Our special thanks go out to Darlene Thorne for the use of her beautiful postcards. This mini exhibit runs August – December 2011.