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Silicon Valley Bikes! Member's Reception
Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for the Member's and VIP Reception to celebrate our new exhibit.
At the reception, Councilmember Liccardo presented Terence "Terry" Shaw, formerly of Shaw's Lightweight Cycles, and a co-curator of the exhibit, a formal commendation from the city of San Jose for his many contributions to the community.

Congratulations, Terry! 
OSH Boxcar

The OSH Boxcar, owned by California Trolley and Railroad Corporationhas finally been placed on the tracks between the locomotive and caboose. 

Thank you to Peninsula Crane & Rigging for the lift. Painting and renovation of the boxcar will begin shortly. Stay tuned!
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Dear Friends,


We are excited to announce the return of the famous

Manny's Cellar - for one night only!


As many of you know, Manny's Cellar, which formerly occupied the basement of the historic Fallon House, is a true San Jose institution and holds a special place in many hearts. 


Manny Pereira opened his restaurant in 1962 and provided folks a homey atmosphere, excellent food, and stiff drinks. Manny's Cellar is famous for an impressive turnover of seats - feeding hundreds of lunchtime customers in under 20 minutes!

We hope you will join us on Friday, September 26 at 5:30pm for the return of Manny's Cellar. Tickets will be are $75 and cover food, drinks, and live music. Tommy Taylor, infamous bartender of Manny's Cellar fame, will be on hand to share stories. Most importantly, the proceeds from this event support our educational programs at History San Josť.

Click here to buy your tickets for Manny's Cellar.

We hope to see you there!   

Alida J. Bray,

President & CEO  

Collections Corner

San Jose Japantown: A Journey, a new book by Curt Fukada and Ralph Pearce, is due out in November. This book is a comprehensive history of San Jose's Japantown.  History San Josť Archivist Jim Reed is recognized for his invaluable help. Please click here to read about the new book.

Mercury News Comes to HSJ!
This past Monday, the San Jose Mercury News archives, contained in 58 file cabinets, was delivered to HSJ'S Collection Center.

The cabinets contain biographical and subject clippings and will now be available to the public for research, under the care of HSJ's Research Library & Archives.

New Acquisition: Thank You to Notre Dame High School
Notre Dame High School recently donated a 36" x 29" portrait of Amanda O'Conner. Mr. and Mrs. Myles P. O'Conner arrived in San Jose in the late 1870's and became very socially active in the community. The painting was hung in the O'Conner mansion at the northeast corner of Second and Reed Streets in downtown San Jose. The residence was turned over to the Sisters of Notre Dame for an orphanage and later became Notre Dame High School.

The portrait was painted by partners Louis O. Lussier and Andrew P. Hill in 1877. 
Upcoming Events
Friends & Family Days: 
Celebrating Life at the Adobe 
Sunday, August 24: 12pm - 4pm
Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site
175 West Saint John St., San Josť, CA  
Children's Tour (ages 4-9) $5; Adult Tours ($8); Fandango! Activity Tickets are $5 for 6 tickets; 
free to History San Jose Members

Come celebrate our 

annual Fandango! at the Peralta Adobe in the heart of the San Pedro Square Market. Learn about life at the Adobe at this fun interactive event! Hands-on activities for children including practicing roping skills, weaving demonstrations, making corn husk dolls, adobe bricks and dipping candles! Tours of the Peralta Adobe and Fallon House, as well as special tours for children ages 4 to 10 of the Peralta Adobe will be available.


Friends & Family Days: 
Antique Autos
Sunday, September 14: 11am - 4pm
History Park
935 Phelan Ave., San Josť, CA  
HSJ members free; kids 2 & under free; $5 all others 


Join us for the 14th Annual Antique Autos in History Park presented by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club and History San Josť. It's the Largest Annual Antique Auto Show on the West Coast! Enjoy 200 antique autos, fire equipment, and bicycles of all makes and models from the late 1800s to 1945. Kids will enjoy building and racing their own race cars. Peggy Sue's will offer food for sale, as well as O'Briens Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor.



The Return of Manny's Cellar

Friday, September 26: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Fallon House Historic Site

175 West Saint John St., San Josť, CA

$75 per person


Celebrate the return of the infamous Manny's Cellar for one night only! Step back in time and enjoy an evening with friends and colleagues. Share a drink with Tommy Taylor and expect to be serenaded by the sweet sounds of jazz!


Your ticket includes dinner, drinks, and live entertainment. Only 150 tickets are available!


For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michelle Powers at 408-521-5016 or [email protected].


For more information about the event, click this link:'s

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