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Silicon Valley Bikes:
In the News!
Our exhibit has not yet opened, but is already attracting attention!

Click on this link - Metro Active Article - and read more about the history of cycling in Silicon Valley.

Valley of Hearts Delight Success!
We extend our most sincere thank you to those who celebrated with us last month at our annual 
Valley of Hearts Delight
fundraiser, honoring 
Frank Fiscalini!
400 guests enjoyed a decadent dinner by caterer Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. Members of our community gave heartfelt tributes to Frank and danced the night away!

Thank you to our sponsors, donors, and friends, who helped make this a successful evening!
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Dear Friends,


What a summer at History Park!


Our next adventure is the opening of our newest exhibit on Sunday, July 27 - Silicon Valley Bikes: Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880, the first-ever comprehensive museum exhibit on the history of cycling in the Valley. This one-of-a-kind exhibit celebrates the incredible culture, creativity, and community of the cyclists of Silicon Valley.
Smiling Young Woman Cyclist. Unknown photographer. History San Jose Photographic Collection. c. 1880-1890.

We are grateful to our guest curators - Terry Shaw (formerly of Shaw's Lightweight Cycles), Bess Hernandez-Jones (Northern California Velodrome Association and Bay Area Women's Cycling), Diane Solomon (community volunteer), and HSJ Curator Ken Middlebrook - for their tireless work to make this exhibit a truly community-curated effort.

On Friday, July 25, we are holding a special Member Reception Exhibit Preview of our Silicon Valley Bikes exhibit and we will be dedicating the Gallery in the Pacific Hotel to Clyde Arbuckle, avid cyclist and founder of the Museum. We want to encourage all of our Members to join us for this special preview and dedication. Please RSVP to Michelle Powers at [email protected] or call 408-521-5016.

We want to express our gratitude to our generous exhibit sponsors: Garden City Construction, Wheel Away Cycle Center, Bicycle Express, San Jose Bicycle Club, Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club Inc., Ampersand Ellipsis Jones LLC, and Hellyer Velodrome.

Thanks to your generous gifts, we are able to share this exhibit with the world. THANK YOU!

Until next time,

Alida J. Bray,

President & CEO  

Collections Corner

Volunteer Spotlight on: Katrina Anderson
Soccer Collection Volunteer Katrina Anderson has spent Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Collection Center since October 2012 after meeting our Curator of Collections Ken Middlebrook at a Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation Annual Dinner. Katrina is a librarian who spent over 25 years working in Library Management Technology. She's a passionate fan of soccer, a soccer mom, and enjoys camping when she does not have tickets for a match. Katrina was the guest curator for our new online exhibit, For Club and Country.

New Soccer Legacy Collection Online Exhibit - 
For Club and Country: San Jose's Soccer Heroes
The U.S. may be out of the
San Jose Earthquakes Bobby Convey #11 game-worn cleats, autographed. 2009.
 World Cup this year, but you can still re-live the World Cup glory days of our local players. Featuring 69 items from History San Josť's Soccer Legacy Collection including jerseys, trading cards, tickets, and even a pair of game-worn cleats, this new online exhibit in partnership with the Google Cultural Institute recognizes players such as Brandi Chastain, Landon Donovan, Boris Bandov, George Best, Jeff Agoos and many more, who have played here in San Jose and also represented their countries in international competition. CLICK HERE to see the exhibit.
See the Trolley on its First Day at History Park!
In partnership with the California Audiovisual Preservation Project, and led by HSJ Archivist Cate Mills, we have made available 50 recordings from our collection on the Internet Archive, part of the California Light and Sound Collection! We're excited to be participating in this program, made possible through grant funding, which seeks to preserve recordings documenting California history. 
Heart's Delight, Extra Choice Mixed Fruit, Richmond - Chase Company, San Jose, California. Gift of Stan Bellow. 1992.
Watch test 
films of Santa Clara's Rapid-Cleave Corporation Automatic Apricot and Plum Cutting Machine, and workers in the Richmond-Chase Canneries as they process asparagus, spinach, plums and pears. Re-live the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics, and explore the Peninsula as it looked in 1966. Best of all, go back in time to see Ron Diridon inaugurate the trolley's first day in operation at History Park. You can hear interviews with early radio and electronics pioneers including Philo Farnsworth, William Hewlett, and Lee de Forest; see footage of the Stanford dish under construction, and hear Sputnik as it crossed overhead in 1957. 
Upcoming Events
Friends & Family Days: 
Gold Rush Adventure - 
When the World Rushed In!
Sunday, July 20: 12pm - 4pm
History Park
635 Phelan Ave, San Josť, CA  
HSJ members free; kids 2 & under free; $5 all others



Join us for gold panning, historic games from the Gold Rush, and craft activities for children ages 4-11, including leavings dolls, churning butter, a jumping frog contest, roping a steer, milking a cow, and pony express relay. Lance Beeson and the New California Minstrels will provide a musical backdrop to the fun and games!


Silicon Valley Bikes: 
Passion, Innovation & Politics 
Since 1880
Sunday, July 27: 11am - 4pm
History Park
635 Phelan Ave, San Josť, CA 
From velocipedes to velodromes - we've got it all! The city of San Jose grew the sport of cycling through clubs such as the Garden City Wheelmen; racing events at local velodromes, (including the track at Hellyer Park); and local innovations including community activism, such as support for bike lanes. This exhibit explores the many ways the city of San Jose has changed - and continues to change - the world of cycling.


Shiny Side Up Bicycle Festival
Sunday, July 27: 10am - 4pm
History Park
635 Phelan Ave, San Josť, CA  
$5/person or $5/enter Bicycle in Show
Behind Bars Inc., co-sponsored by History San Josť, presents California's premier bicycle show! Hundreds of show bicycles of all types, vendors, food trucks, kid zones, entertainment, music, exhibitions & more! Check out the web site to read more: 
Friends & Family Days: 
Digging Up San Jose's Past
Sunday, August 3: 11am - 3pm
History Park
635 Phelan Ave, San Josť, CA  
HSJ members free; kids 2 & under free; $5 all others

Children have an opportunity to become 'certified' as a

Junior Archaeologist! Collect stickers for each activity to place in Archaeology Passports by working with 

Stanford Archaeology Center students on a mock excavation, screening, artifact identification and artifact reconstruction.  

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