Morgan Hill Historical Society

Morgan Hill Historical Society

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2018 First Quarter Schedule

Coyote Depot - history conversations every first saturday of the month at hosted by the Morgan Hill Historical Society

Coyote Depot. Photo courtesy of Southern Pacific

 

Saturday, February 3nd

10:00 – 11:30 am

Hiram Morgan Hill House

17860 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill

The presentation is free, no reservation required. 

Save the Coyote Depot

Presenter: Ken Middlebrook: Curator of Collections, History San Jose.
Built in 1868-69 for the San Jose & Pajaro Valley Railroad, the Coyote Depot is one of the oldest railroad structures in California. Early after its construction, a four-room residence was attached to the original depot structure for use by the assigned station agent. The depot served as a flag station for the Coyote community until its closing in 1959. It has been used as a private residence until recently.  

Acknowledging its historical significance and concerned for the long term security for the structure and a nearby water tower, a community effort has now begun. Positive communication has been established with the property owner, the Union Pacific Railroad. This first public, Save the Coyote Depot, conversation is meant to broaden awareness of this effort and to create a dialog among interested parties.  Join us at https://www.facebook.com/CoyoteDepot/

Children Discovery Book Morgan Hill - History Conversations every first Saturday of the Month 

Saturday, March 3rd

10:00 – 11:30 am

Hiram Morgan Hill House

17860 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill

The presentation is free, no reservation required. 

 

A Children’s Discovery Book of Morgan Hill

Presenter: Cindy Miller: former MHUSD educator and author.

 

Needing ideas to get kids engaged in some future local adventures? Cindy Miller, a former MHUSD teacher and author of A Children’s Discovery Book of Morgan Hill, will discuss writing her book and she’ll give suggestions on how families may use this learning tool.  The goal is to encourage some family destinations trips and learn fun facts about a variety of local sites.   Autographed copies of the book will be for sale at the event for $11.00.  Afterwards, we encourage you to stay for a Docent-led tour of our National Landmark, Villa Mira Monte. We also offer wine tasting from 12pm to 5pm, showcasing Paradise Valley Vineyards and Mann Cellars. Tasting fees are $5 per person per winery, applied to any purchase of wine. Pack a lunch and make a day of it! 

The Flying Lady Restaurant - History Conversations hosted by the Morgan Hill Historical Society every first Saturday of the Month

 

 

Saturday, April 7th

10:00 – 11:30 am

Hiram Morgan Hill House

17860 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill

The presentation is free, no reservation required. 

 

The Story of the Flying Lady Restaurant

Presenter: Julie Perch Belanger: daughter of Irv and Jan Perch, owners of the Flying Lady Restaurant.

Built on a grand scale by Irv Perch and named for his wife, Jan, the Flying Lady Restaurant was a landmark in Morgan Hill from 1971 – 1994.  There were actually two Flying Lady restaurants: the first was a small restaurant with seating for about 200 people opened in 1971.  Not satisfied with the small quarters, Perch built the Flying Lady II, which in 1981 was one of the largest restaurants in the world with seating for nearly 2000.  The Flying Lady was also one of the most unusual restaurants in the world with seven full sized antique aircraft hanging from the ceiling and more than 100 scale model aircraft “flying” over the heads of the diners on a moving track.  But why would anyone build a huge restaurant out in the rural foothills of Santa Clara County? What made the Flying Lady a success and what happened to it?

Julie will share haring treasured family photographs and movies. You will learn the fascinating story of the Flying Lady, how Julie met her husband, Pat Belanger, there and how they were married at the restaurant (in an airplane, of course).  

You will enjoy this rare peek into a landmark that, sadly, no longer exists, but one that has left a legacy that will live on in the family’s memories and in anyone who remembers the great Flying Lady.