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2014 Valley of Heart's Delight 

For information about our upcoming Valley of Hearts Delight event honoring Frank Fiscalini, please click here.
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Experience San Jose's streets and countryside by air and automobile in the 1960s as housing developments were replacing orchards. Drive down The Alameda and walk through San Jose State's campus in this travelogue recently added to History San Jos's YouTube channel.
Check it out!
THIS SUNDAY - Members Only
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 call Michelle Powers at 
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Dear Friends,


Tuesday, May 6 is a very important day for History San Jos.


We have been invited to participate in Silicon Valley Gives, the first ever 24 hour online giving day in the Valley. Through our online giving page, you can read more about the work we do and the ways we contribute to our local community.


To be successful, we need YOUR help!


We ask our esteemed members, donors, and friends to be a part of our success by making your online gift to History San Jos on Tuesday, May 6.


Your gift on May 6 will help us qualify for matching funds from sponsors such as the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Microsoft, and Heritage Bank.


The success of this campaign will allow us to expand our education programs, pay for better signage for children at History Park, and help repair damage to the Fallon House. 


On Tuesday, May 6, I hope you will think of History San Jos and make your gift. Every gift - large or small - contributes to our collective success. Help us make history with Silicon Valley Gives!


Until next time,

Alida J. Bray,

President & CEO  

Wagon On the Move!

This wagon from the 19th century, like other wagons of that period, often had the hardware wheel centers purchased as a kit from a manufacturer and then shipped un-assembled. A local carriage house or blacksmith constructed the undercarriage and then added the body, in this case, a hay wagon, utilizing available local lumber. The extended tongue would have enabled the harnessing of four horses.

The provenance of this particular wagon is unknown although was likely acquired by the museum with the "Trader" Lew Bohnett collection in the mid-60s. We are loaning the wagon to the Bernal Ranch on Cottle Avenue - come check it out!
We've Been Workin' on the Railroad!
Many thanks to Rod DiridonSal Guido of Reed & Graham for the materials; John Ezvoski of CTRC; and Ken Middlebrook for the extension of the train track to accommodate the OSH boxcar. Come on out to History Park and see the great progress these guys made! 
Upcoming Events


 Bombs United 8th Annual Picnic
Saturday, April 26: 10am - 4pm
History Park
635 Phelan Ave, San Jos, CA
$5 for tickets & $25 for car entry


Yard Sale in the Park
Sunday, April 27: 10pm - 2pm
History Park
635 Phelan Ave, San Jos, CA
FREE Admission


Everybody loves a good bargain. And where else would one find a good book but at a museum? The public is invited to host their own tables. Booths of used lamps, grandma's china, toys, and anything else taking up space at home, can be sold. Booths of wares will be positioned inside the park.There will be an HSJ book booth, offering duplicate and deaccessioned books for sale, as well as an assortment of other items.


Registration must be received by April 18th. Entrants must register to sell, and provide their own equipment, tables, chairs, canopies, etc. Register by contacting Juanita Lara at [email protected] or calling 408-918-1045.



Fireside Chat
Featuring Mary Alsheikh
in partnership with the 
Portuguese Heritage Society of California
Sunday, May 4: 2pm - 4pm
Renzel Room, History Park
635 Phelan Ave, San Jos, CA  
$5 for non-members
FREE for HSJ Members!


Please join History San Jos, in partnership with the Portuguese Society of California, and San Jose resident Mary Alsheikh, who will speak about her life as a woman living in Saudi Arabia.


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