Join us monthly for a conversation with a notable contributor to our community and heritage. This is a monthly interactive series where you can participate in the conversation or just listen and learn. These events are free and no reservations are required. Check our website, sign up for our email list and/or follow us on Facebook for detailed program topics and speakers each month.
Saturday, October 6th
Hiram Morgan Hill House
10:00 - 11:30 am
Presenter: Kris McKee Maas
Topic: The McKee Family Through the Centuries
Kris is a third generation Californian, whose family arrived in San Jose in the 1850s. Their family home was on South Third Street. In 1898, paternal Grandmother, Mary Agnes Grimley McKee, homesteaded property known as Bar 46 Ranch in the hills 13 miles past Lick Observatory. As a boy living on the ranch, her father wrote a compelling tale about “Going to the Hills, which Kris will read. She is intensely proud of the Danish side of her family who settled in San Francisco pre-1900s. Her great-grandfather, George B. McKee, owned and operated a paint company on South Third Street in San Jose and has many accomplishments that Kris will share.
Kris married and traveled the world extensively, worked in Silicon Valley and led many local history preservation projects in the Bay Area. In this timeframe, she became a Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Commission. In 1972 the Bar 46 Ranch was relocated from Mt. Hamilton to the Pacheco Pass in Gilroy where Kris continues to raise Longhorn Cattle, a deeply held passion.
There will be no History Conversations held in November or December due to events at the house. Please join us at our Holiday Boutique in November and Holiday Teas in December.