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History San José is proud to announce that we will host the 

1st Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire

 Please save the date for Sunday, 

September 6, 2015!


CLICK HERE to learn more information about the San Jose 

Mini Maker Faire.


If you are a Maker looking to share your projects and hands-on activities, APPLY HERE.

Print of the Month!
This photo shows workers removing apricots from drying trays at John Leonard Eastside plant, San Jose.

CLICK HERE to check out this image and hundreds more available for purchase from our online Zenfolio site

Each photograph you buy helps support the History San José Research Library & Archives.

History San José

Has An App!

Take a tour of History San José without leaving your couch!

Download our NEW mobile app to see previews of exhibits and tour our historic buildings - all from your mobile device. 


The app is FREE and available through the Google Play Store - CLICK HERE to download!

Dear Friends,


DON'T MISS THE PARTY! We sincerely want to thank our generous sponsors and those of you who have purchased tickets to our annual Valley of Heart's Delight fundraising event! The goal of the evening is to relax and have fun in beautiful History Park, while raising funds critical to support the mission of History San José, which is to collect, preserve and celebrate our local culture and history.


This year, the 2015 Valley of the Heart's Delight Committee departed from honoring an individual, and chose to honor our entire community of which we are so proud. From Juan Bautista de Anza's 66 pobladores, or settlers, who founded California's first city, El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe to becoming the tenth largest city in the nation with more than 100 languages spoken daily-San José has a history of diversity. 


The evening will feature a selection of local food and performances. Catered Too! is preparing everything from Banh Mi to Street Tacos; and the Akoma DrummersLos Lupeños de San JoseVinh Son Liem Lion DanceKhamsin Belly Dance, Fiddle Road, and Millennium Sounds Orchestra will entertain us! And this year we will have an amazing live auction! 


Please help support History San Jose and purchase your ticket today!

Until next time, 


Alida J. Bray

President & CEO

From the Archive

Recent Gifts to the Museum:

Sports Photographs and Memorabilia

Gift of Chris Morrisey

This collection documents the student athletic careers of Chris Morrisey and Millard Hampton. Both competed for local schools in the 1970s, sometimes competing against each other as shown in this 1976 image of the 220-yard dash at San Jose City College (Morrisey far left, Millard second from left).

Hampton won gold at the 1976 Olympic games on the 4x100-meter relay, seen here celebrating with fellow gold medal-winner Bruce Jenner. He later served on the San Jose Police Department for 26 years, and now coaches track at the Franklin High School in Elk Grove. 

Morrisey began his career at Bellarmine College Prep before running the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4x100-meter relay for Foothill College.  He went on to become Executive Director of the San Jose Arena Authority. 

Architectural Papers of Stan Gould
Gift of Stan Gould
Gould's papers are an important addition to the Archive. They include documentation related to the Julian/Stockton redevelopment corridor, Guadalupe River Parkway, Fox California Theater renovation, and the Rotary Club of San Jose's Youth Education in Science (YES) Committee. 



Gift of Brad Goodwin

This is a fabulous shot of downtown San Jose in 1895 featuring the old post office (now the San Jose Museum of Art) and Market Square (now Cesar Chavez Plaza).  

Upcoming Events
Dia de Portugal
Saturday, June 13: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

 History Park


Experience a fun filled day of activities and entertainment, and then explore Portuguese art and food offered by a variety of vendors.  A parade around the Park with traditional music and costumes is always the highlight of the day; and don't miss the new exhibits at the Portuguese Heritage Museum! Sponsored by the Portuguese Heritage Society of California.


El Dia de San Juan Festival
Saturday, June 20: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
History Park

The Western Region Puerto Rican Council presents their 37th annual El "Dia de San Juan" Festival. This event brings together the community to enjoy music, food and family fun; socialize, eat, and show off your dance moves. The event is filled with exciting entertainment for the entire family, including live bands, authentic Puerto Rican food, Main Stage and Youth Stage entertainment. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets!

Hands-On History:
Trains, Trolleys & Automobiles!
Sunday, June 21: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
History Park
HSJ members free; children 2 and under free; 
all others $5

This is a perfect way to celebrate with dad! Come take a ride on an antique Horse Car pulled by two beautiful Clydesdales between noon and 3:00pm. All day, meet the Motormen from the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation as you take a ride on a Historic Trolley; try your skill at operating a railroad Hand Car; and then hop aboard the Wells Fargo Stagecoach to take your selfies. The Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club will have a selection of cars with drivers dressed in period attire. Do you think electric cars are new? Come see the Detroit Electric built in 1917, one of the first electric cars.


Valley of Hearts Delight Party!
Sunday, June 27: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
History Park
Join us for our annual Valley of Heart's Delight fundraiser! This community event raises money to help support our educational and family programs. Enjoy a delicious dinner, incredible performances from local cultural groups, and support the mission of History San Jose! 

CLICK HERE for more information!

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets!

Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
Saturday, July 4: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
History Park
We supply the park, you supply the fun and food! Enjoy fireworks courtesy of the San Jose Giants. Invitation-only for current Members! CLICK HERE to join or renew your membership! Don't miss this special event!

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