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History Happy Hour: August 25
"A Cold Case in Campbell"
The 1896 McGlincy Murders
Author Tobin Gilman will discuss the 1896 McGlincy Murders and his new book, A Cold Case in Campbell. The book details how John Dunham murdered five members of his family and a ranch hand on the McGlincy ranch in the middle of a warm May night. Dunham left his infant son alive in his crib, and fled the crime scene on bicycle. He was never found. A Cold Case in Campbell, not only delves into the murders but also explores the town of Campbell and the Santa Clara Valley at that time and, what might have driven the murderous incident and how to the region respond.
•5:30-6pm: doors open, appetizer and beverages available, Ainsley House open for walk through
•6-7pm: speaker presents with time for Q & A
•7-7:30pm: last call for beverages and Ainsley House walk through, clean up.
On Exhibit, at the Ainsley House:
"The Art of Tea" is a temporary exhibit on display in the Carriage House. Come explore the different cultures that enjoy the most popular beverage in the world next to water! See tea pots that are also art piece, and learn about different products that use tea as an ingredient for better skin and health. Admission to the exhibit is FREE inside the Carriage House.
"The Entrepreneurial Spirit of the American Immigrant" is a temporary exhibit on display in the Ainsley House. The exhibit features photographs from six immigrant photographers who have used their immigrant experience to capture the essence of American immigrant business owners in Santa Clara Valley. Admission to the exhibit is FREE with a purchase of an Ainsley House tour.
Back TO SCHOOL
Museum Field Trips are open for reservations
The Campbell Historical Museum & Ainsley House are available for school field trips. Both programs are designed to complement study units for 2nd and 3rd grade.
The Campbell Historical Museum offers a HANDS on HISTORY program invites students to engage in experiential learning as they rotate through four different exhibit stations that will teach them about life 100 years ago and how times have changed.
The Ainsley House, History Detectives brings students on an interactive mystery tour through the Ainsley House as well as allows them to explore different hands on museum activities inside the Carriage House.
Each field trip:
* Runs from 9am -12pm
* Requires a minimum of 4 chaperones (the chaperones engage and lead activities on each field trip)
* Admission is $6/ student (minimum of $120 for 20 students or fewer). Teachers and chaperones are free.
The Campbell Historical Museum is located in the City’s first public building, Firehouse #1. Visitors can explore the City’s rich history through self-guided tours. Changing exhibits use themes of Home Life, Community, Recreation, and Work to provide insight into daily life in the Santa Clara Valley over the past century. Engaging, hands-on features in each exhibit area encourage personal interaction with historical objects in order to better understand life in the region today.
Beautifully restored in an enchanting park-like setting, the English Tudor style architecture of the Ainsley House transports visitors to the bygone era of the 1920s. Built in 1925 as the home of canning pioneer J.C. Ainsley and his wife Alcinda, the home was moved to its present location in 1990. The exquisitely restored 15-room house is largely furnished with items original to the family, recreating the period when the Ainsley House was one of the grand homes of the Santa Clara Valley. The surrounding English gardens provide a refreshing respite for visitors to this unique historic house.