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Calling All 
Beer Lovers!
 Santa Clara Valley Brewing, located in San Jose, has created their labels with images from the History San Josť Collection! Options include the Peralta Porter, Electric Tower Pale Ale, and New Almaden Red.
You can find these brews at a number of locations in San Jose, including the Market Beer Company, located in San Pedro Square, next to the Peralta Adobe.

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
Sunday, April 13
1pm - 4pm
Wine and appetizers will be served.
To RSVP for this exclusive reception, please email Jordan Evins at or call 408-918-1049.
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Dear Friends,


While we've been enjoying the unseasonable warm weather this winter, our staff, board, and volunteers have been hard at work on our most important event of the year: Valley of Hearts Delight, which will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014.


Each year, a distinguished honoree from the San Jose community is recognized and celebrated for their contributions to the Santa Clara Valley. I am so pleased to announce that Frank Fiscalini has been selected as our honoree for 2014. 


Frank began his career as a teacher at James Lick High School and Bellarmine College Preparatory before becoming Superintendent of the East Side Union High School District. Among the many achievements in his storied career, Frank served as the CEO of Alexian Brother Hospital; coordinated the restoration of the historic St. Joseph's Cathedral; was elected to San Jose City Council, and eventually served as Vice-Mayor.


Above all, Frank has dedicated many years to a number of incredible groups such as Silicon Valley FACES, Opera San Jose, Little Italy, and History San Josť. We can't imagine what San Jose would be like today without the guidance of Frank Fiscalini.


Please: join us at the Valley of Hearts Delight on Saturday, June 28, 2014 and raise a glass to San Jose's Own Renaissance Man: Frank Fiscalini.


Until next time,

Alida J. Bray,

President & CEO

Read All About It: HSJ in the News!

History San Josť has partnered with Google Cultural Institute to permanently display online
 items from our collection, including three exhibits. Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum. Thank you to Google for asking us to partner with you on this amazing project!  Please click here to check out our online exhibits!
Additionally, our partnership with Google was highlighted in article by Sal Pizarro of the San Jose Mercury News. Check out Sal's article here.
We are happy to highlight residents of the Palm Haven neighborhood of San Jose, who used the History San Josť Research Library and Archive to publish Images of America: Palm Haven, part of a series of books by Arcadia Publishing, which celebrates neighborhoods across the United States. Congratulations to the authors, Palm Haven residents Michael Borbely and Brian Hoffman! Click here to read all about their research efforts.

A Historic Fashion Show
Saturday, March 15: 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


Fireside Chat
Featuring Mary Jo Ignoffo
Sunday, March 23: 2pm - 4pm

635 Phelan Ave, San Josť, CA 
Renzel Room, History Park, 
FREE for HSJ Members! 
$5 for non-members
Please join author Mary Jo Ignoffo for a discussion on Noteworthy and Notorious Women in California's History. The life stories and legacies of some forthright nineteenth and twentieth-century California women are often absent from history books. But further investigation finds common ground in lives that demonstrated intellect, determination, resilience, and a belief in woman's ability to accomplish great deeds. We will explore the reasons that some remain under-reported. Among many others, we will discuss pioneer Tamsen Donner, Gold Rush-era abolitionist Mary Ellen Pleasant, novelist Gertrude Atherton, philanthropist Sarah Winchester, architect Julia Morgan, First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta. Each of these lives sheds considerable light upon her time and place in California's past. 

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