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. Beverages and pastries served
Saturday, June 1st
Topic: The History of Morgan Hill Mushroom Farms
Presenter: Emily Bettencourt
Emily currently works at two different mushroom farms in Morgan Hill and will be presenting pictures and stories from the past—1950’s to present. She is also willing to give a cooking demonstration using the mushrooms. YUMM!!!
Saturday, August 3rd
Topic: Charles Kellogg – The Naturalist Who Sang like a Bird
Presenter: Mike Monroe
Charles Kellogg was an American vaudeville performer who imitated bird songs and later became a campaigner for the protection of the redwood forests of California. He was born on a ranch in Susanville, California and grew up in the 1870s observing the animals and birds of the forests and learning outdoor skills. He constructed a mobile home, called the "Travel Log", out of a redwood tree and drove it around the country to raise awareness of the plight of the California forests. Its maximum speed was 18 mph. The Travel Log itself is currently on display in the Visitor Center at Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
Saturday, September 7th
Topic: Historic Bay Area Visionaries
Presenter: Robin Chapman, Author
For centuries, California's environment has nurtured remarkable people. Ohlone Lope Inigo found a way to protect his family in troubled times on the shores of San Francisco Bay. Pioneer Juana Briones made a fortune from her rancho yet took the time to care for those in need. Innovator Thomas Foon Chew discovered a climate for success, in spite of the obstacles. Around the region that became Silicon Valley, filmmaker Charlie Chaplin found inspiration, poet Robert Louis Stevenson uncovered adventure and Sarah Winchester built a house that would intrigue people long after she was gone. Author Robin Chapman shares fascinating tales of those who exemplify the enterprising spirit of the Golden State.
Saturday, October 5th
Topic: California Mission Bells
Presenter: John Kolstad
John Kolstad, the current owner of The California Bell Company," tells a fascinating story of how he came to own the company that originally made the bells located along "El Camino Real."