Sunnyvale museum hosts talk on early migration to California

Early immigrants discussed

Robert Keahey, a docent at the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, is set give a Feb. 16 talk on the westward migration to California in the mid-1800s. The migration was the largest in U.S. history, with over 250,000 people making the 2,000-mile journey across the Great American Desert between 1840 and 1870, including members of the Murphy family that founded Sunnyvale.

Starting with a discussion of the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails, Keahey will focus on what drove people to “go west,” as well as the essential elements of a wagon train. His talk will also address the impact of these early pioneers on westward expansion.

Keahey’s talk is set for  7 p.m. at the museum, 570 E. Remington Drive. For more information, visit

FutureFitting homes

Responding to an increasing demand for rebates, Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) has added $3 million to its FutureFit Homes program. Customers of the Sunnyvale-based green energy aggregator have received or reserved over $2.8 million in rebates since the program launched in October 2022 to provide financial support for customers who upgrade from gas to energy-efficient electric heat pump equipment.

Through the program, 223 heat pump water heaters and 334 heat pump space heating and cooling systems have been upgraded, and 109 pre-wired circuits have been installed.

For more information on FutureFit Homes rebates, SVCE customers can visit


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