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In the January 31, 2014 issue of Willow Glen Resident, two of the founding board members of CHCPMabel 
Lai and Lillian Gong-Guy were featured in an article about the Lunar New Year. 
Please click here to read the full article.

HSJ Members:
Save the Date!
Our next exclusive  
members-only reception  
will be a sneak peek of our latest exhibit:
 Shirlie Montgomery: 
Picturing San Jose 
Since 1938
Saturday, March 22
1pm - 3pm
Wine and appetizers will be served.
To RSVP for this exclusive reception, please email Jordan Evins at [email protected] or call 408-918-1049.
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Dear Friends,


I want to start my letter this month by personally thanking the Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust for their recent grant to History San Josť. We feel so fortunate to have the support of such an extraordinary foundation. Thank you to the Trustees of the Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust for their belief in our mission, vision, and contributions to the community.


We are excited to share with you the details of our upcoming event, Reflections of Old San Josť, a historic fashion show managed by volunteer group Portraits of the Past. Our volunteers will share scandalous and sordid tales of some of San Josť's most notorious individuals, while clothed in historically representative costumes. 

Xavier Cugat, Abbe Lane and Friends at the El Sombrero Lounge; c. 1953; Shirlie Montgomery; Leonard McKay Collection at History San Jose 


The program is then followed by a delicious champagne and dessert

reception. This fun afternoon is a steal at $25 a ticket! 


The proceeds of this fashion show will benefit our educational 

programs, which help over 20,000 schoolchildren learn and grow each year.


Until next time,

Alida J. Bray,

President & CEO

Collections Corner
Garden City Velodrome Artifacts
The museum received a unique collection of material related to the Garden City Velodrome. Located at the present Lincoln High School site, the Velodrome operated for a short time from 1936 to 1940.  
Picture of Velodrome; c.1937; unknown photographer; gift of Tom Flood; History San Josť Collection
Donated by Tom Flood, the material was collected by his grandfather, Dewey Maxwell, who was a founder of the Velodrome and also operated a bicycle shop in San Josť for several decades. Included in the donation are photographs, programs, log books, tickets, etc. A remarkable component of the collection is the Velodrome's first year business records.
Upcoming Events

Chinese Lunar New Year 2014
Sunday, February 16: 12pm - 3pm
Chinese American Historical Museum, History Park, 
635 Phelan Ave, San Josť
, CA
Please join the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year - the Year of the Horse! This fun day of family activities will include a traditional lion dance, instrumental music, and story-telling. There will also be many children's activities. For more information, click here.



 Fireside Chat in Partnership with the 
African American Heritage House:
Featuring Dr. Carlos Manuel Salomon
Sunday, February 23: 2pm - 4pm
Renzel Room, History Park, 
635 Phelan Ave, San Josť, CA
FREE for HSJ Members!

$5 for non-members

In celebration of Black History Month, please join Dr. Carlos Manuel Salomon, author of Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California, for a presentation and discussion on his book. Pico, who was of mestizo and black heritage, was the two-time governor of Alta California, and one of the wealthiest, most successful men in the state of California. Click here for more information.
Reflections of Old San Josť 
A Historic Fashion Show
Saturday, March 14: 2pm - 4pm
Renzel Room, History Park, 
635 Phelan Ave, San Josť, CA
$25 a ticket
Volunteers in elaborate costumes present vignettes featuring local historical characters! Reception and light refreshments to follow. Free parking on grounds. Proceeds benefit History San Josť educational programs! Click here for more information about the fashion show.
To buy your tickets, please click here

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