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City museum plan is history

Original post made on Jan 19, 2012

City officials have received a letter from the Mountain View Historical Association that axes the city's plans to put a history museum in the back of the Cuesta Annex.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 19, 2012, 10:39 AM

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Posted by Alexandra
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I haven't heard anyone who is against the concept of a museum. People were just against putting a musuem in the annex.

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Posted by Honor Spitz
a resident of another community
on Jan 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I hope that the day is not far off when Mountain View will be able to have its own museum in which to display and preserve its many wonderful artifacts and collections that reflect the city's rich history. The History Center on the 2nd. floor of the Mtn. View Library is a little treasure trove of information and materials, but a larger space in which to showcase more items and to host various functions would seem like a fitting tribute to those who came before us.

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Posted by Ned
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

"I did not hear from the community that they wanted this house there," said council member Laura Macias."

I'd like to know the criteria by which Macias ever hears from the community.

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Posted by Jeremy Haste
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm

This is great news! The plan Roger Burnell has to build an office building next to Chez TJ is terrible.

Pat Figueroa if you're reading this please consider turning the Pearson house at 902 Villa into the museum. Tear out all that concrete and put in some grass and restore the house!

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Posted by Mike Laursen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Why not pool the resources of all the city museums in the Valley of Heart's Delight and put together one museum for the whole valley?

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Posted by kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Regional history museums make a lot more sense. With that said, if there were extensive fundraising efforts by MVHA it is news to me, have they had fundraising events?

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Posted by Nick Perry
a resident of another community
on Jan 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Kathy, from what I understand, the Historical Association's museum committee didn't have enough time/man-power to simultaneously work on the complex Pearson House relocation deal and also initiate a massive community-based fundraising drive in the midst of a major recession. So, they focused on the Pearson House as Phase I of the museum and the donation that would have come with it as meeting the MOU milestone. With that starter seed secured, community fundraising would have been the next phase. It was a calculated risk, and it fell through.

That said, a set back like this is also an opportunity for a new start. This is a creative, forward-thinking community, and I'm confident that we can eventually come up with a new plan and location for a museum that showcases and celebrates Mountain View's unique role in history. I encourage anyone with an interest in fulfilling that goal to check out the MVHA website at and the facebook page mentioned in the article, and consider joining the Association.

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Posted by W-Park Dude
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

Thankfully sanity took over. This would have been nothing but a money pit. I've been around Mountain View my whole life and want to live nowhere else, but truth be told, our so called rich history doesn't call for a place at the Annex that would quickly almost be devoid of visitors. When the Computer History Museum, near Google, Microsoft, and the like has trouble garnering paid customers and has to resort to events,i.e. weddings, parties, social club special speakers, etc., to barely stay out of the red (if that), what makes people think visitors are going to come back more than once, if ever visiting at all, to view MV's rich history? Maybe these artifacts and relics can be fit into a modest space at City Hall or another city facility. With all due respect, it just wasn't fiscally sound.

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Posted by Catherine
a resident of Willowgate
on Feb 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Maybe someone could restore the old burned out A&W or the Cottage on Moffett Blvd and put the history museum there. #Eyesores.

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