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Photo Contest!

Fancy yourself a photographer? Make sure you participate in the Visual San Jose 2015 photo contest!
The Preservation Action Council of San Jose, The San Jose Historic Landmarks Commission, and Content Magazine are hosting the contest.

Entries due by April 17.

CLICK HERE to find contest rules and details.
Calling All Filing Cabinets!

Our Collections Center staff needs your help.
We are requesting your assistance in finding donations of legal-size file cabinets or flat files in good condition.


Dear Friends,


We are pleased to announce that our newest exhibit Slugs, Dingbats & Tramp Printers! Printing in Santa Clara Valley will open to the public on Saturday, April 18! This exhibit is a community-curated partnership with the San Jose Printers Guild, a Partner of History San Josť.


That same day, join us for the 

Bay Area Printers' Fair & Wayzgoose, a celebration of letterpress printing and allied arts, complete with hands-on activities, artists demonstrations, and vendors selling handcrafted printed goods. CLICK HERE to read more!

Our current Members will get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the exhibit at our Members & VIP Appreciation Reception, which will be held on Thursday, April 2! Invitations will be mailed shortly!


To learn more about these events and the MANY other exciting events we have on our calendar from now until April, CLICK HERE.


Until next time,


Alida J. Bray

President & CEO

Prints of Historic San Jose
Looking to own a piece of the past? Check out our Zenfolio web site and order a beautiful photo of San Jose's past from our Collection. 

From aerial views of San Jose to different shots of everyday street scenes to famous folks in our history - we've got it all!

CLICK HERE to explore the thousands of photos available for purchase! Your purchase helps support the History San Josť Research Library & Archives.
Collections Corner

Volunteer Profile - Sheila Gurtu:
Sheila Gurtu joined HSJ's Research Library & Archives as a volunteer last fall. She received her Master's in Library and Information Science; teaching credentials from San Jose State University, and worked as a teacher-librarian in East San Jose public schools for nearly a decade. She currently works at the SJSU School of Information as an Online Student Advisor, where she worked on the School's Institute of Museum and Library Services' Circle of Learning grant--a four year program to help American Indian and Alaska Native students earn their MLIS degrees online while living and working in their own communities. 

Sheila is currently creating an informational brochure for our library & archives and she processed papers of artist, San Jose State University professor, and gallery owner
Frederick Spratt (1927-2008). Spratt was a contemporary art gallerist known for his work promoting the careers of many
California artists, and as a champion of the developing fine arts community in San Jose. A collection guide is now available through 

Ready for Restoration: 19th Century Wagon
Our 19th century horse-drawn dump wagon has recently been moved into the restoration shop for the attention of our volunteers. Through a series of levers and chains, the bottom floor opens enabling material to be dropped below, typically in  road construction. This unique wagon originally came to the museum as part of the Bohnett collection in 1966.
A recent Mercury News article featured the enthusiasm and skills of our restoration shop volunteers led by Allan Greenberg. In addition to various museum projects, the crew has successfully restored vehicles for outside organizations, such as the San Jose Fire Museum. As a result of the article, the restoration crew has added two additional volunteers, Ted Boman and Phil Chambers. Welcome, Ted and Phil!

New Acquisition: 
Antique Wagon
What appears to be a 19th century children's toy is actually a beautifully crafted sales model. The construction mimics the methodology and detail used in the manufacture of full-sized wagons. Thank you to Patty Enos for this donation in memory of her husband, Garth Enos.
Upcoming Events

Chinese Historical & Cultural Project:
Lunar New Year Celebration!
 Sunday, March 15:  
12:30pm - 3:30pm

Join us for a celebration of the Lunar New Year at History Park, hosted by the Chinese Historical & Cultural Project. There will be children's activities, performances including lion dancers, musicians, a magic show, and tours of the Chinese American Historical Museum at the Ng Shing Gung.

Meet & Greet with Author Gary Singh
Thursday, March 19: 
5:00pm - 7:00pm 

Head over to San Pedro Square Market for the official book launch party of The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy by author and journalist Gary Singh. Singh, who conducted research for the book at the HSJ Library & Archives, will read to the audience, answer questions and autograph copies of his book. 

African American Heritage House
Last Freedom Train
Saturday, March 28: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

The African American Heritage House will receive a plaque commemorating the last Freedom Train presented by Kathleen Flynn, President of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley. The Ceremony will take place at the Empire Firehouse in History Park. Please RSVP to
[email protected] and secure your seat. To read more about the Freedom Train and a quote from Ocie Tinsley, Executive Director of the African American Heritage House, please CLICK HERE.

Slugs, Dingbats & Tramp Printers!
Printing in Santa Clara Valley Exhibit Preview
Thursday, April 2: 5:30pm - 8:30pm 

We invite all current History San Jose Members to join us in Leonard & David McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House for a reception and sneak peek at our newest exhibit: Slugs, Dingbats & Tramp Printers! Printing in Santa Clara Valley. Enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks, and hear our curators speak about researching and building this unique exhibit.

Master Gardeners: 
21st Annual Spring Garden Market
 Saturday, April 11: 9:00am - 2:00pm

You don't want to miss the Master Gardeners' annual Spring Garden Market! This is their premier plant sale, sustainable gardening showcase and vendor fair (complete with Food Trucks). Please CLICK HERE for all the details!

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