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Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly  closes on Sunday, December 15. Come see this fascinating exhibit before it closes!

From the Collection
NEW GIFT! This is our favorite gift to the collection this month!   It's a child's rocking horse, beautifully crafted from the estate of Winnefred Coe Verbica.  She was the great grandduagher of Henry Willard Coe who settled in San Josť in the 1850's. It is rare to find children's toys in such good condition. We want to thank Jeni Strouss for her generous gift to the permanent collection.
NEW ACCESS! Staff has added new collections records to our online catalog and PrintRoom gallery.  New are 143 historic images of the San Pedro Square neighborhood.   
NEW RESEARCH!  We are proud to have the following new publications whose authors conducted a major portion of their research at History San Josť's Research Library & Archives:
  • Palm Haven (Images of America), by Michael Borbely and Brian Hoffman
  • 19th Century San Jose in a Bottle, by Tobin Gilman
  • Cyril Frank Elwell, Pioneer of American and European Wireless Communications, by Ian L. Saunders
  • The Mineral Springs of Santa Clara County, by Ian L. Sanders
  • Garden of the World: Asian Immigrants and the Making of Agriculture in California's Santa Clara Valley, by Cecelia M. Tsu
Did You Know?
Membership to History San Josť supports:
  • Educational programs for over 20,000 school children
  • Preservation and conservation of more than 500,000 artifacts
  • Maintenance of the historical and cultural buildings
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History San Josť has a passion for sharing our local history, which leads to some creative community partnerships that we're really proud of.  Our most recent partnership project is with the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project who had an initiative to bring their Chinese American Historical Museum at History Park into the 21st Century. Working with Stanford University's Public Archeology class, students created QR codes and content that was added to the Museum. Now you can go deeper and find in-depth information about artifacts from the Market Street Chinatown Archaeology Project.


We also partnered with the San Jose Museum of Art on their Around the Table project--where thought-provoking programs explore a broad range of topics related to food. Two young artists, David Burns and Austin Young, created a stunning artwork from images they chose from HSJ's collection. Their piece honors the hard-working women from the Valley of Heart's Delight. The exhibit just opened and runs through April 20, 2014. This is another not to be missed exhibit at SJMA! 

Visitor viewing Modern Fruit/Fruit Cocktail Wallpaper Pattern, 2013 by David Burns and Austin Young at SJMA created from HSJ's photography archive.


And finally, I had a blast when the San Jose Convention Center opened with Community Day in October.  We staffed a table where we offered a glimpse into the not-so-distant past with a Royal manual typewriter, c.1924; a Computation (adding) machine, c.1940; a Bell rotary telephone, c.1945; and a Kodak Duplex Camera, c.1955 from our education "please touch" collection. The HSJ table was without a doubt one of the most popular attractions with our strange machines! Most children had no idea what the items were--even the telephone!  October ended with our annual "scare-free" Haunt History Park. We want to give a special thanks to California Janitorial Supply for providing all the toilet paper for the "Wrap-A-Mummy" contest--always a crowd pleaser!  


Father and son comparing the computation (adding) machine, c.1940 to the smart phone.

Read further to see what's coming up!  We hope you will encourage your friends and family to become HSJ Members and join us at these always fun and educational events about our local history.  I hope to see you soon.


Alida J. Bray,

President & CEO

Upcoming Events
Happy Birthday San Josť
 Sunday, November 24 - 11am-4pm
Peralta Adobe - 175 W. St. John San Jose 
FREE General Admission
Activity Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5
Meet members of Founding Families, participate in hands-on activities, and visit the historic Peralta Adobe. Click here for more information.
Los Arribenos de San Francisco will play noon to 3pm on the San Pedro Market stage near the Peralta Adobe.
Heritage Holiday Tea
Saturday, December 7 - 11am and 2pm seatings
 **NEW LOCATION -- History Park**
$45 per person, $40 for HSJ members
Enjoy a traditional tea with scones, finger sandwiches and sweets, featuring exclusive blends by Satori Tea, champagne by Guglielmo Winery, and served by the players of Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company.  Click here for more information.
Children's Holiday Festival
Saturday, December 14 - 11am-4pm
 History Park - 935 Phelan Ave, San Jose
Members Free!
$5 per person; children 3 and under are free
Get in the holiday spirit and join us for the annual Children's Holiday Festival!  Have your photo taken with Santa.  Enjoy live music and holiday crafts.  Click here for more information.
Decadent Desserts Member & VIP Appreciation
Saturday, December 14 - 1pm-4pm
 History Park - 935 Phelan Ave, San Jose
FREE for HSJ Members
Members are invited to join us for Decadent Desserts, a delicious buffet of holiday sweets. Held in conjunction with the Children's Holiday Festival.  Click here for more information.

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