Morgan Hill Historical Society

Morgan Hill Historical Society

History

Conversations

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, June 2nd

10:00 – 11:30 am

Hiram Morgan Hill House

17860 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill

The presentation is free, no reservation required.

Presenter: Mark Preader

Mark Preader will talk about the Murphy Family and their significant influence in our valley and vast areas beyond. Mark is a history buff. He was a docent at Villa Mira Monte for a while, raised in Morgan Hill, he now lives in Hollister. Mark launched and managed the "You Know You Are From Morgan Hill" Facebook page from 2011 until a few years ago. 

 

Saturday, July 7th

10:00 – 11:30 am

Hiram Morgan Hill House

17860 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill

The presentation is free, no reservation required.

Topic:  San Martin:  Historical and Personal Perspective of a Town Built by Immigrants 

Small and mighty, driving by San Martin is more than meets the eye.  Steve Ludewig, long-time resident and historian, and Donna Brodsky, author of "San Martin:  Then and Now," will bring San Martin to life with their historical and personal perspective to a town where "nothing seems to happen."   Learn about archaeological evidence of Native Americans hunting along Llagas Creek, and how the end of the mission system and Mexico's independence influenced the purchase of 27,000 acres that eventually became home to the immigrants that made San Martin what it is today; one of the most desirable places to live in Santa Clara County.

Speakers: Donna Brodsky with Steve and Connie Ludewig 

Donna was a longtime resident, only moving up north a few years ago. She was a very active member of the San Martin Neighborhood Alliance with a passion deep enough to tell the story of the “many sacrifices made during economic times that formed this community with character.”

Steve Ludewig has lived all his life on the family ranch located at California and Monterey Road. Purchased in 1918 by Herman and Emma Ludewig, there are many stories to tell. Connie arrived on the scene in 1988. Come to the conversation to hear their story.