Though Clio is credited as the Greek muse of history, modern-day historians have noted she only came to prominence after Athena’s teacher’s edition mysteriously went missing. Be inspired by your own history with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a hardcover copy of Silicon Valley: 110 Year Renaissance and a one-year membership to the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association (a $64.95 value).
The Santa Clara Valley Historical Association (SCVHA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to recording the unique technological, commercial, and cultural history of Silicon Valley. Right off the bat, the SCHVA will replace your coffee table's copy of Bullfights Gone Wrong with the slightly less gory Silicon Valley: 110 Year Renaissance. Authored by Leigh A. Weimers, Ward Winslow, and John McLaughlin, this beautifully illustrated hardcover tome contains 196 pages of high-tech Bay Area history, including profiles of the top-50 Silicon Valley companies. Your membership also entitles you to a 30% discount on all SCVHA books and DVDs, making it easy for armchair academics to absorb the lessons of the dot-com boom and the origin stories of celebrated Silicon Valley companies such as Federal Telegraph, Hewlett Packard, and the Dutch East India Company. You’ll also receive advance notice on upcoming documentaries, book releases, and dot-com meltdowns.
Silicon Valley Historical Association
By recording the many people, inventions, and achievements of Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Historical Association forms a compelling argument that the Northern California–based tech movement is the Renaissance of our time. The association amasses commentary, interviews, and photographs from industry founders and experts to document Silicon Valley’s far-reaching impact on the world at large. Like Gutenberg’s printing press or the birth of the first carrier pigeon, the rise of the home computer has connected billions, marking a sea change in the primary ways people communicate.
The association’s research covers a multitude of subjects, from the invention of the microchip to the basic histories of some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Google, eBay, and Apple. Its documentary, Silicon Valley, condenses 20 years of the association’s work into a five-part series that discusses what makes for a successful company while recalling how many slices of pizza could fit into the earliest disk drives.