Programs & Events

History Happy Hour 2016:
 March 24: Basim Jaber

The History of Mount Umunhum Almaden Air Force Station
Come learn about the history of this fascinating bay area historic landmark.
Enjoy a slide show of amazing historic photos of this Cold War radar station
when it was in operation between 1958 and 1980. Also learn about the future
of the historic landmark radar tower atop the mountain.

A lifelong South Bay native and freelance photographer, Basim Jaber has
researched the history and geography of Mt. Umunhum and the Almaden Air
Force Station since 2006.  He has organized and hosted several veterans'
reunions for the USAF 682nd Radar Squadron who manned the radar station atop Mt. Umunhum between 1957 and 1980.  He continues to archive historic images and artifacts from Almaden Air Force Station to help preserve the memories and history of this Bay Area Cold War relic.  His relationship with over 200 veterans and dependents who lived and served on the site has earned him their respect, trust, and status as their official
historian and archivist.  Basim has assisted several media agencies in
producing newspaper, TV, and web media coverage of the site and its
fascinating past. These include CBS-5 KPIX "Eye on the Bay", NBC KRON-4 News, San Jose Mercury News, online, KQED "QUEST" TV, and Almaden Times Weekly.  His unprecedented photo documentary work of the entire site has proven invaluable to preserving the history and memories of Almaden Air Force Station.  Basim's research is purely volunteer-driven and non-profit in nature.  Basim also serves as a board director on the Umunhum Conservancy, a non-profit organization with a mission to save and preserve the historic radar tower atop Mt. Umunhum.For more information or to book a presentation, please visit

   April 21: Barney Terrell

The Three Day Fever

Join Historian Barney Terrell for an informative and entertaining talk as he explores the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918 and how it affected Santa Clara Valley.

In 1978, Lila Mae Carney, a lifelong Campbell resident, participated in the first Oral History project for the Campbell Museum. When asked ?Do you remember the flu epidemic of 1918?? the 80 year old Carney answered simply, ?Boy, do I.? World War One ended on November 11, 1918. As the guns fell silent on the Western Front, a new menace roared throughout Santa Clara County: Spanish Influenza. In the week leading to Armistice Day, 15 Santa Clarans died of the flu and a further 300 were infected. Theaters from Palo Alto to Milpitas shut down, along with every public school in the valley. Portions of the San Jose Normal School were given over to the public health officer for use as hospital wards. Through it all, the staff and volunteers of the Peninsula Hospital, County Hospital and private sanitariums did the best they could to stem the tide of the worst epidemic any had ever seen.