Amah Mutsun, Mount Umunhum

The Amah Mutsun Native Americans Of Mount Umunhum

The Amah Mutsun Native Americans named one of the Santa Cruz Mountains “Umunhum” after the hummingbirds that they saw within the landscape. Various religious ceremonies were held by the natives at the summit of the mountian.

On June 18, 1452, during the Age of Discovery, Pope Nicholas V issued to King Alfonso V of Portugal the papal bull Dum Diversas, which instructed the Portuguese crown “to invade, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens, pagans, and other enemies of Christ, to put them into perpetual slavery, and to take away all their possessions and property.”

In 1454, another bull titled Romanus Pontifex furthered that thinking, ordering the crown of Portugal to conduct the seizure of non-Christian lands in parts of Africa and restating the legitimacy of enslaving non-Christian people.

In 1823, the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided in Johnson v. McIntosh (8 Wheat., 543) that the United States of America had garnered dominion over all native lands.

In 1850s, during the “Gold Rush Era”, California Governor Peter Burnett continued the centuries old notion that Indians were unworthy of basic human rights, after he issued extermination orders targeting the Amah Mutsun, and other tribes throughout the state that were recently subjected by the Spanish led California Missions.

In 1990, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band was formed and is recognized by the California state government.

Thomas Wohlmut

California Pioneers Of Santa Clara Screening Of Documentary On The San Jose Electric Tower

Pedro de Saisset was a Frenchman who moved to America and saw the San José Electric tower before designing the Eiffel Tower. Thomas Wohlmut, a San José historian, created a documentary on the connection between the San José Electric Tower and the French Eiffel Tower which was first premiered at a meeting of the California Pioneers of Santa Clara on June 1st, 2019.

San Francisco, California, San Jose, California

Charles Harmon’s Painting Of The Santa Clara Valley Shown At The “1915 World’s Fair” In San Francisco

In 1915, Charles Harmon was commissioned to paint the Santa Clara Valley for the upcoming World’s Fair in San Francisco. The painting has moved to various locations since the end of the fair.

Currently, the painting is displayed within the jury room within the Santa Clara Courthouse in San Jose, California.

Samuel Jamison, Santa Clara County, California, Santa Clara, California, Triton Museum

1866 – Gold Rush Pioneer Samuel Jamison Built The Jamison-Brown House In Santa Clara

In 1866, Samuel Jamison, who arrived in California during the Gold Rush, constructed the original house, a vernacular Italianate style home, on 50-acres on Coffin Road (near Great America Boulevard. and Highway 101). The original distinctive corner quoins still remain after several additions and remodels.

Jamison served as County Sheriff, County Supervisor and State Assemblyman, as well as the President of the Bank of Santa Clara. Following his death in 1914 Jamison’s heirs sold the house and 14 acres to Alfred I. Brown, a neighbor and notable rancher. In 1919 Brown added the distinctive pillars and balustrade of the veranda that encircles one half of the home. These architectural features came from “New Park,” the residence of James Pierce and later Judge Hiram Band, which had been demolished three years earlier to construct the Carmelite Monastery. Since Jack London was a friend of Judge Bond’s sons and visited “New Park” while he was writing “Call of the Wild,” popular myth says he wrote much of this book on this veranda.

In 1936 Alfred Brown modernized his home by completely updating the kitchen and two bathrooms. During this remodeling, craftsmen from a Santa Clara mill works, Pacific Manufacturing Company, used over 100 different kinds of wood from all over the world to panel a magnificent room on the second floor. Among the rare and unusual wood used are, zebra wood, hat berry, Brazilian rosewood, Burma ironwood, Mexican laurel, boxwood, East India rosewood, Cuban mahogany, satinwood, sandalwood, teak and cascara.

After Brown died in 1943, his nephew’s family, George M. and Lois Brown, moved into the house and lived there until they sold the land to an industrial developer in 1970. George and Lois donated the house to the City of Santa Clara, which allocated $10,000 to relocate the Jamison-Brown House to its present site, the grounds of the Triton Museum.