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History San José

Has An App!

History San José has launched a mobile app through the Google Cultural Institute. See previews of exhibits, tour our locations, and revisit past exhibits all from your mobile device. Available through the Google Play Store -- just search for History San José! 

Print of the Month!
This photo, circa 1945, features a San Jose Policeman on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
CLICK HERE to check out this image and hundreds more that are available for purchase from our online Zenfolio site

Each photograph you buy helps support  the History San José Research Library & Archives.
New Faces at History San José!
Welcome to Phil Crowhurst, the newest member of the HSJ staff.
Phil is our Facilities & Events Technician - say hello if you see him on the grounds of the park!

Community Partner: 

The Duck Pond

The Duck Pond, an indoor play space for young children, will have an outdoor playground on their property sponsored by PG&E and KABOOM! The build will happen on April 23-25: they are looking for volunteers to help us put the playground prior experience required! Click this link if you are able to sign up as a volunteer!

Photo Contest!
Last chance to 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 this contest.

Entries due by April 17.

CLICK HERE to find contest rules and details.

Dear Friends,


April kicks off another full season of events at History Park! Please join us for the Bay Area Printer's Fair & Wayzgoose on Saturday April 18- scroll down the page for more details and events. To help support all these great free and low-cost programs that History San José provides, we also have to spend some time raising funds!

On May 5, we will once again participate in Silicon Valley Gives, a 24-hour online effort devoted to promoting and raising funds for nonprofit organizations in Santa Clara Valley. Last year, you helped us raise more than $20,000! We are excited to again take part in this historic event and show our community that history matters! Stay tuned and visit our web page closer to May 5 for more information.
Then, on June 27, we invite you to join us for the party of the year at History Park! Our 10th Annual Valley of Hearts Delight fundraiser celebrates a history of diversity in San Jose, while supporting our most crucial projects. The night will be filled will local entertainment, featuring performers such as the Akoma DrummersLos Lupeños de San Jose and Fiddle Road. 

This year, our featured project is the renovation of the Empire Firehouse at History Park. We will transform the lower level of the Firehouse into an interactive exhibit and educational space for school children and park visitors to enjoy. 

But we can't do it without you! Please join us for this very special evening. CLICK HERE for more information.

Until next time,


Alida J. Bray

President & CEO

Jim Gard, one of the Community Curators for the exhibit, is a member of the San Jose Printers' Guild and has been a volunteer for over 40 years in History Park's Print Shop.
Member & VIP:
Exhibit Sneak Peek!

On Thursday, April 2, HSJ Members & VIPs joined us for a reception at the Leonard & David McKay 
Gallery in the Pasetta House for a preview of our latest exhibit : Slugs, Dingbats & Tramp Printers!
Printing in Santa Clara Valley.

The exhibit explores the key role printing and printing technologies played in the growth of San Jose and
the Santa Clara Valley. The show features everything from California's first soldier-printer Agustin V.
Zamorano in 1834, to Adobe's first product-PostScript! It also highlights the role of women in printing along with the rise of unions and labor laws, while showing off items printed 
at History Park by the Printer's Guild. 

We want to thank our generous sponsors for their support of this exhibit: Robert J. Bettencourt, Adobe Typekit, and Elizabeth & Jerry Gard.
Collections Corner
Recent Acquisition
Frank Harper recently donated this bicycle, which was once owned by Freidolin Kessler, a well-known San Jose artist.  Kessler rode the bike to all the California Missions in 1938, photographing them and later creating linoleum block prints. The prints were displayed at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, and later at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.
Upcoming Events
Bay Area Printers' Fair & Wayzgoose
Saturday, April 18: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

The 2015 Printers' Fair and Wayzgoose gives print enthusiasts, students, educators, graphic designers, typophiles, artists, and printers - new or old - the opportunity to enjoy hands-on demonstrations, tours, and an array of vendors, artists, and exhibitors. Admission is FREE! For more details, CLICK HERE.

Golden Gate Chapter 
Vintage Volkswagen Club of America 
31st Annual Spring Meet
 Sunday, April 19: 
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come and have a blast at one of the largest VW car shows on the West Coast! For more information, CLICK HERE.

Bombs United 9th Annual Picnic  
 Saturday, April 25: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrate pre-1959 cars at this picnic! There will be a barbecue at 12:00pm for $5 a person. All cars featured are from 1959 and older. Record collectors will be spinning their rare soul collections for entertainment! CLICK HERE for more information.

1st Annual Silicon Valley Bikes! 
Festival and Bicycle Show
Sunday, May 3: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Kick off National Bike Month and celebrate the Santa Clara Valley's rich bicycling history and culture with our racing, road, recreational, mountain, custom, cruiser, fixed gear, vintage and low rider bicycling communities! Lots of fun for families and kids! This festival is a collaboration between History San Jose, Silicon Valley Bike Coalition, the Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers and Gooseneck Bicycles. CLICK HERE for more information!

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