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2014 CreaTiVe Awards Ceremony
Join us on January 10 to celebrate the newest History San Jos video created by Board Member Sean O'Kane and videographer Roger Stoneburner being nominated for two awards!
  CLICK HERE for more information about the CreaTiVe Awards Ceremony.
World Premiere
Tickets are now on sale for the January 22 
world premiere of 
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 

Dear Friends,


2015 is off to an impressive start!


We are looking forward to attending the 2014 CreaTiVe Awards Ceremony tomorrow, where our latest video has been nominated for Best Director and Best Editor.


Then, on January 22, join us for the World Premiere of Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose. Finally a film dedicated to our great City! The film features more than 500 images from the HSJ Research Library & Achive.


We'll close out the month of January with an exclusive celebration for our Heritage Circle Members! For more information about joining Heritage Circle or renewing your membership, please contact Michelle Powers at


Until next time,


Alida J. Bray

President & CEO

Collections Corner

Three New Acquisitions

San Jose Repertory Theatre Records:

In December, our curators, assisted by intern Amanda Mellinger, packed up materials from the San Jose Repertory Theatre and moved them to HSJ's Research Library & Archive where they will have a permanent home. We are proud to preserve the important contributions the San Jose Rep provided the community as San Jose's first resident professional theatre company, founded in 1980 by James P. Rebar. The collection includes performance posters, programs, press kits, photographs and recordings; news clippings, educational outreach documentation, and financial records. These materials will be re-housed for long-term preservation, and made available to the public for research and exhibition.


Frank Gordon Photographs: 
Eric Lechner, the grandson of Theron Fox-one of the Museum's founders,  donated a binder of mystery negatives last fall. They have now been identified as the work of Mercury News photographer Frank Gordon. Featuring shots taken in the 1930s as part of his local assignments, these striking images include famous faces and iconic scenes including: Marlene Dietrich, Joe Lewis, Upton Sinclair, Amelia Earhart, tennis star Helen Wills Moody, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, and opening of the Bay Bridge, as well as the early days at Moffett Field. Look forward to an exhibit of this work! 

San Jose Architectural Model:
The City of San Jose Public Works Department donated an 11' x 9' architectural model of downtown San Jose. The modeled area is from 7th Street to Highway 87 and Interstate 280 to Julian Street. Created for the Redevelopment Agency, the model hi-lights the agency's downtown projects from the Fairmont Hotel (1987) to the Guadalupe River Park (2006) and was previously displayed in the lobbies of the MLK Library and City Hall.  

Volunteer Profile: Nadine Nelson

This month we are delighted to welcome long-time volunteer Nadine Nelson back from extended medical leave. Nadine grew up in San Jose's River Street Italian neighborhood, and attended Notre Dame High School. She worked for the phone company for much of her life, and started volunteering at History San Jose in 2005. Nadine is an invaluable and tireless resource for the Collection Center team, putting her local knowledge to work fulfilling research requests and aiding researchers, helping out with archives and photo processing, and generally keeping us organized. Welcome back, Nadine!

Upcoming Events
Hands-On History:

The Immigration Experience

 Sunday, February 22: 12:00pm - 4:00pm


In partnership with Silicon Valley Reads, History San Jos presents the first event in its 2015 Hands-On History Days series, focusing on the immigrant experience in Santa Clara Valley. 

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