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Manny's Cellar 

Only 40 tickets remain for the Return of Manny's Cellar event on September 26!

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Changing Boundaries: World Premiere
Tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of  Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose.
This film is a partnership between CreaTV San Jose, Norman Kline Productions, and History San Jos.

For more information about the film or to purchase tickets to the premiere, please CLICK HERE.
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Dear Friends,

Last Thursday, September 11, we held our annual Volunteer 
Appreciation Dinner at History Park. We honored 240+ amazing volunteers who have cumulatively served more than 12,000 hours this year! It was also the 25th Anniversary of our popular Westward Ho! school program. Many of the volunteers (pictured above) who helped build this program were present to be honored.


Another special honoree this year is Jim Gard, who has volunteered consistently in the Print Shop for 40 years! Jim is known for his unmatched knowledge of the history of printing and his exceptional customer service skills.


Each day, our volunteers support our school programs; work as docents in our historic buildings and exhibits; manage the "living" exhibits such as the Trolley Barn and Print Shop; catalog artifacts; keep our flora and fauna alive; and, overall, create an exceptional experience for the more than 132,000 guests who visit History Park annually.


Words cannot express the gratitude that we feel for the generous gifts of time and talent from our volunteers. Thank you to our volunteers for helping make History Park, the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site, and the Collection Center such special places.


With gratitude,


Alida J. Bray

President & CEO

Collections Corner

Local Cannery Pioneer in 1964 Mexico
CLICK HERE to check out this silent color video shows Joseph and Angela Amori's vacation to Mexico, December 1964. The video captures the monuments, cultural sites, and many candid moments of every day life of the Mexican cities and countryside. The film begins as they board a Golden Aztec airplane on their way to Puerta Vallarta, and ends in Chapultepec Park, Mexico City. 
Amori was a founder of the Sun Garden Packing Co. on Monterey Road in San Jose, as well as the inventor of the Rapid-Cleave apricot-pitting machine (shown in the photo on the right). He and his wife traveled extensively and raised prize orchids. The dolls shown in this film are part of Angela Amori's collection of over 500 dolls from around the world, now part of the Angela Amori Collection at History San Jos.
New Acquisitions
(Left) From Jim Sohm, an assortment of documents, photographs and ephemera from Del Monte Plant 51 collected by his father during his work in the employee relations
 department at Del Monte's corporate office (2014-27).

(Right) From Mary Hanel: papers, photographs, and the original typewriter of former Mercury News reporter Ben Hitt (2014-38).

Two paintings by Frances Cutting have been recently donated to the collection. Cutting was a local artist who focused on landscape paintings. "Saratoga Hills" (left) and "Carmel Beach" (below). The donor's grandfather was a student under
 Cutting and purchased both pieces from the artist's Campbell home in 1948 for $35 each!

ecords of the San Jose Council of Churches.
The organization was formed in 1943 as an outgrowth of after-school religious education conducted by various churchesThe group was very active on social justice issues, including C�sar Chavez and the farm worker's movement, gay rights issues, and care & counseling for the elderly.
Upcoming Events
The Return of Manny's Cellar

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

Fallon House Historic Site

175 West Saint John St., San Jos�, 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 the Dewayne Oakley Blues Ensemble!


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


Yard Sale in the Park
 Sunday, October 5: 10:00am - 2:00pm
History Park
635 Phelan Ave., San Jos�, CA  
Booths for non-members are $20 each; booths for members and affiliates of HSJ are free. 

Check out the ultimate yard sale in the park! 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.

Registration must be received by September 26th. Entrants must register to sell, and provide their own equipment, tables, chairs, canopies, etc. Register by contacting Juanita at [email protected] or call 408.918.1045.

CLICK HERE for more information.


Friends & Family Days: 
Haunt History Park
Sunday, October 26: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
History Park
635 Phelan Ave., San Jos�, CA  
HSJ members free; kids 2 & under free; $5 all others
Join us for family-friendly Halloween festivitiesChildren can trick-or-treat throughout History Park in a fun, safe environment. This scare-free annual event has become a tradition, with trick-or-treating, arts and crafts activities, a celebratory costume parade, and a Wrap-a-Mummy Contest, complete with prizes! CLICK HERE for more information.

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