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World Premiere
Tickets are now on sale for the January 22, 2015 
world premiere of 
This film is a partnership between CreaTV San Jose, Norman Kline Productions, and History San Josť.

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


First, I want to thank our Manny's Cellar event sponsors for an extremely fun and successful evening enjoyed by more than 140 guests. Everyone agreed this will be an annual tradition! If you missed

(L) front of the t-shirt. (R) back of the t-shirt.

the event, but still want to remember Manny's, or are looking for a uniquely San Jose gift, you can purchase a Manny's Cellar T-shirt from O'Brien's Ice Cream Parlor in History Park. The event and t-shirt sales help support our educational programs. 

Find yourself in Timbuktu and missing History Park?  No worries, now with our Google Cultural Institute partnership you can visit History Park from anywhere in the world! We keep researching new ways to make local history accessible to the broadest possible audience. This is an ongoing project to which we will continue to add information and images. 


Please take a look now, and periodically check in on our progress by going on a virtual tour of History Park. Then check out our event listings below and come visit us in person.  I hope to see you soon!

Many thanks,


Alida J. Bray

President & CEO

Collections Corner

Recent Donations
Before there was Skype, email, or even cassette tapes, there was the "Letter
on a Record." During World War II, military personnel could enter a booth at USO clubs, operated by the National Catholic Community Service, and make an audio recording. The result was a two-sided, wax-coated cardboard disk, 6-1/2 inches in diameter and playable on a turntable at 78 r.p.m. that could be mailed to friends or loved ones back home.

Stevens Ranch Fruit Barn Restoration

Thanks to a generous grant of $109,000 from the Historical Heritage Commission of Santa Clara County, and in-kind support from our friends at MBA Architects, restoration and upgrades to the Barn have been completed by Garden City Construction

Highlights include a new roof, new entrance stairs and seating area, an ADA compliant ramp, and a brand new 
lighting system. The Stevens Ranch Fruit Barn is home to the exhibit Passing Farms: Enduring Values curated, and based on a book written by Yvonne Jacobson which explores Santa Clara Valley's agricultural past.

The Barn is an integral part of many of our school programs serving more than 20,000 students each year
. Now fund raising begins to help freshen up and enhance the interior exhibits!  If you are interested in helping with this project, contact Michelle Powers at [email protected].
Upcoming Events
Friends & Family Days: 
Haunt History Park
Sunday, October 26: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
History Park
635 Phelan Ave., San Josť, 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.

Friends & Family Days: 
Happy Birthday San Jose!
Sunday, November 23: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site
175 West Saint John St. San Josť, CA  
$5 children's tour (ages 4-9); $8 adult tour

Celebrate San Jose's 237th Birthday at the Peralta Adobe Historic Site! San Jose, or El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadelupe, the first Pueblo of California, was founded November 29, 1777. Come have a slice of birthday cake and help celebrate! Meet members of Founding Families, participate in hands-on activities, and visit the historic Peralta Adobe. We will offer both adult tours of the Peralta Adobe and Fallon House, as well as special children's tours of the Peralta Adobe. CLICK HERE for more information.


Heritage Holiday Champagne Tea
Saturday, December 6
History Park
635 Phelan Ave., San Josť, CA  
Seatings at 11am and 2pm!

Enjoy a traditional tea with scones, finger sandwiches and sweets, featuring exclusive blends and food by Satori Tea, champagne by Guglielmo Winery, and served by the players of Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company. Tour historic houses decorated for the holidays. 

To make a reservation, please contact Juanita Lara at 408.918.1045 or [email protected].


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