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General Meetings and Free Seminars
Our evening general meetings are on the Third Tuesday of the month in the Margie Edinger Room at the Santa Clara City Public Library located at 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, 95951. For directions please see the map.
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Class: “Census 101: An Introduction to Searching the US Federal and State Censuses” Monday, July 17, 2017, 1:00-3:30 pm, Redwood Room. The class is free and open to all. Registration is required.
Census records are among the most rich and rewarding family history records available. Depending on which census your ancestor is in, you can learn where he or she lived at a particular place or time, learn his or her place of birth, what he or she did for a living, how many times they were married and other bits of valuable information. Each census is a little different than the previous census. In this class you will learn what information is available on each census record. Using this knowledge you can find census information to advance your search for your ancestors. Taught by Dave McCready.
General Meeting: “Wolfe & Higgins: Master Architects of the Spanish Revival”, presented by Krista Van Laan Tuesday, July, 18, 7:15 - 8:30 pm in the Margie Edinger Room of the Central Park Library. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served 7:00 pm. Flyer.
In 1917, San Jose architect Frank Delos Wolfe, already well known in California for his innovative Prairie-style residential designs, partnered with his son Carl Wolfe and Santa Clara architect William Ernest Higgins to form what would become one of the most prolific architectural firms of its time. Early adopters of the Spanish Revival style that swept California in the 1920s, the firm of Wolfe & Higgins lasted only fourteen years but in that short time produced more than 500 homes, commercial buildings, and institutional buildings. Among these are some of the most recognizable architectural landmarks in Northern California and some of the most beautiful buildings in Santa Clara County.
Author and architectural historian Krista Van Laan will talk about and show examples of the impressive body of work of this little-known but highly influential firm. She compares architectural history research to genealogy, and will talk about the similarities in the techniques. Of particular interest to Santa Clara residents and local genealogists will be the fascinating family history of William Ernest Higgins, descendant of a pioneer Santa Clara family whose connections helped to make him the success he was.
Krista Van Laan lives in San Jose, California, where she works in high tech by day and pursues her love of preservation and local architectural history at night. She is the author of numerous articles and research reports on local architecture, and of the books Wolfe & Higgins: Master Architects of the Spanish Revival, Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture, and The Insider’s Guide to Technical Writing
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Where are we located?
The society is located at the City of Santa Clara Central Park Library in the Heritage Pavilion.
We have a large collection of genealogy resources along with a great historical collection available for the public’s use.
There are volunteer consultants available to introduce patrons to the collection and assist them with their research problems. Check this calendar for consultant availability.