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Dear Friends,


Happy New Year! I hope that 2014 is off to a great start for you.


First and foremost, I want to extend a most heartfelt thank you to those of you who made a gift or renewed your membership to History San

New Year's Card, 1900-1910, Lemuel Morris Harter, History San Jose Collection.

Jos prior to the end of the calendar year. We 

are grateful for your generous support!


We're starting the New Year off with a bang and launching right into a number of exciting events and a new exhibit celebrating the 40th anniversary of the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team. 


Whether at our upcoming Fireside Chat or our Horno Demonstration at the Peralta Adobe, we hope to see you visit soon!

Alida J. Bray,

President & CEO


Collections Corner
Meet Topo!
Visitors who tour our Collections Center are usually shown the "Topo" robot, part of the
Topo visits a fourth grade class, 1998, unknown photographer (Palo Alto Times Photographs, History San Jose Collection). 
Perham Collection of Early Electronics. Thanks to research by one of our volunteers, 
Ralph Simpson, we now know that our Topo is actually the first commercially manufactured version! Topo was made in 1983 by Androbots, Inc., conceived and founded by Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza-Time and Theaters Chain. The Robot's purpose was to teach programming to school children, as you can see in the photo above. Topo has two wheels and fixed arms, and can be programmed through an Apple II interface to execute basic movements. Three versions were manufactured. Our Topo is a model 1 with serial number T0183001. 
Costumed Boys, c. 1905, James B. Long photographer (James B. Long Glass Plate Negatives, History San Jose Collection), Gift of Sara Ralls.
New Donation! 
The image above is part of a donation from Sara Ralls of 259 glass plate negatives found in 2012 in an attic on Julian Street in San Jose. They include turn of the century images of local baseball teams, retail stores and other buildings, Golden Sons of the Native West events, and political stumping. Thanks to work by the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County, who cleaned, scanned, and researched the images for us, they are now available to the public through our online catalog at 
Upcoming Events

History San Jose Fireside Chat:
Featuring Basim Jaber 
Sunday, January 26: 2pm - 4pm
Firehouse, History Park, 635 Phelan Ave, San Jose, CA
FREE for HSJ Members!
$5 donation requested for non-members
Please join Basim Jaber, Board Director of the Umunhum Conservancy, Inc., for a presentation on the preservation and restoration of Mt. Umunhum. Click here for more information.
Almaden Air Force Station, 1973; unknown photographer, History San Jose Collection.
Opening on Thursday, January 30: 5:30pm
Closing on Saturday, February 8: 5:00pm
San Pedro Square Market, 
87 N. San Pedro St., San Jose, CA 95110 
2014 is the 40th anniversary of the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team. The team will launch a new logo and brand identity at a celebration called Quakes 74 includes numerous speakers, 
players, and live music:
San Jose Earthquakes (NASL) #5 Defender Momcilo "Gabbo" Gavric and #10 Forward Pele, 1975; unknown photographer; Soccer Legacy Collection, History San Jose Collection.
History San Jos will feature artifacts from our San Jose Soccer Legacy Collection, co-curated by History San Jos� volunteer Katrina Anderson. The exhibit will feature player photos, game balls, jerseys, scarves, and trophies spanning the four decade history of the club. 

Peralta Adobe Horno 
Demonstration with MACLA 
Saturday, February 8: 1pm - 4pm
 Peralta Adobe Historic Site 
at San Pedro Square Market, San Jose, CA 
Please join us as we welcome MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) to the Peralta Adobe for a demonstration of how to use the horno, our adobe outdoor oven. The demonstration will be led by Mero Cocinero Karimi, an Iranian-Guatemlan cook, who hosted the comedy cooking experience The Cooking Show con Karimi & Comrades for 13 years. Karimi advocates for healthy communities through laughter and cooking and is a frequent speaker on television shows and universities. Click here for more information.

Tree Planting Ceremony and Demonstration
Saturday, February 15: 9am - 12pm
 Firehouse, History Park, 635 Phelan Ave, San Jose, CA 

Thanks to a grant from "Invest From the Ground Up", 10 trees will be planted at History Park. This project will be installed by "Our City Forest" of San Jose. Please join us for the planting, which will start at 9am. Coffee and donuts will be served in the morning.

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