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Are You a Maker, Crafter, or Inventor?


If you are a Maker looking to share your projects and hands-on activities at the 1st Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire at History Park, APPLY HERE. 

 Not a Maker? Not a problem! Please save the date for Sunday, 

September 6, 2015. Come on out for a day of fun, learning, and exploring!


CLICK HERE to learn more information about the San Jose 

Mini Maker Faire.

Straight from the Horse's Mouth!

Our Education Staff is looking for donations of supplies for our upcoming school year!

Specifically, they are seeking "gently worn" western saddles that can be used by the 20,000 children who participate in our school programs each year.

Please CLICK HERE to email our Director of Education, Wendy Abelmann, if you have any leads. THANK YOU!
Print of the Month!
This 1908 photo shows
San Jose's Pastime baseball player Reginald Dauner and his Jack Russell terrier, who fetched the balls. From the Leonard McKay Collection.

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 Josť Research Library & Archives.

Dear Friends,


Thank you. There are not enough words to express our gratitude for the support we received at our Valley of Heart's Delight fundraising party.

Thanks to the generosity of our guests, our Fund-a-Need raised more than $26,000 which will transform the Empire Firehouse from a storage space into a hands-on exhibition space and new attraction for History Park! 

More than 120,000 people visit History Park each year, including
thousands of school children. Soon, they will be able to experience this brand-new exhibit designed in partnership with the San Jose Fire Museum (SJFM). The exhibit will highlight the history of firefighting in San Jose; teach fire safety; show off vehicles from both the
collections of HSJ and SJFM; and provide a fun space for kids and adults to learn together!

We are so thankful to all of our generous donors to the Valley of Heart's Delight event including, The Lee Lester Family, Linda Lester, Cilker Orchards, Focus Business Bank, Heritage Bank of Commerce, Hopkins & Carley, KT Urban, Samaritan Medical Center, San Pedro Square Market, Catered Too!, Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Joseph George Fine Wines, Riverview Systems, Inc., and SP2.


We are also grateful to the services of Bill the Oysterman, John Paulson Master Photographer, San Jose Fire Museum, The Santa Clara Valley Model-T Ford Club, and CB Photo Design Studio. And finally, we thank our fabulous entertainers: Akoma Drummers, Fiddle Road, Khamsin Belly Dancers (pictured above), Los Lupenos de San Jose, Millennium Sounds Orchestra, and Vinh Son Liem Lion Dance.


Thank you, friends. We can't wait to start on our newest project!


Until next time, 


Alida J. Bray

President & CEO

Donor Profile: The Lee Lester Family

History San Josť wants to extend a most sincere thank you to Linda Lester and The Lee Lester Family for their generosity in supporting numerous projects at History Park. They helped us repair our orchard tractor, which is used for almost every
event at History Park.
Lee built and used this tractor in his own orchards until donating it to HSJ. The Lee Lester Family also provided crucial sponsorship and support for the beautiful decor at our recent Valley of Heart's Delight event, including hanging lanterns and gorgeous flower arrangements. We are so grateful for the generosity of donors like The Lee Lester Family. THANK YOU!
Save the Date: Manny's Cellar Returns!

Join us for the 2nd Annual 
Return of Manny's Cellar!

Friday, September 18 
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Fallon House Historic Site

Take a step back in time and relive a night at the infamous Manny's Cellar! Enjoy hearty Italian food, drinks, and some toasts and roasts to the characters and patrons of Manny's Cellar's past!

Mark your calendar now and stay tuned for more information...
NEW PROJECT: Restoration Shop
We are so excited to share that the Restoration Shop at History Park has received a 1932 Twin Coach bus 
from the Pacific Bus Museum. The skilled Volunteers of the Restoration Shop will refurbish the
vehicle to resemble what it looked like over 80 years ago. Many thanks to volunteers: Bill BrattPhil ChambersEd Del PreteFrank DorrAllan GreenbergLarry JohnsonBob MeneelyLenard MoeStan PaddockSam Siebert, and Dave WoodAs you can see from the interior photo on the right - our Volunteers have their work cut out for them. We will continue to update you on their progress. Stay tuned!
Upcoming Events
Hands-On History:
Gold Rush Adventure!
Sunday, July 19: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
History Park
HSJ members free; children 2 and under free; 
all others $5


Come to History Park and be a '49er for a day - as in the original miners of 1849. Children will enjoy gold panning, historic games from the Gold Rush, and craft activities. There's more than just gold to explore at the Park! Take a ride on the trolley and give the handcar a try. Visit the Print Shop for a printing press demonstration, and explore some of our historic buildings. Adults are invited to join the Chinese Historical & Cultural Project for a lecture on Chinese Railroad Workers led by speakers Andrea Yee and Linn Lee.

Shiny Side Up Bicycle Festival
Sunday, July 26: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
History Park
HSJ members free; children 2 and under free; 
all others $5

Shiny Side Up is one of the longest running bicycle shows in the United States. You will find fully custom built bikes to original rusted Schwinns. Anyone with any kind of bike is invited to bring it out to show and share with everyone. Today will also be the final day of our exhibit: Silicon Valley Bikes: Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880.

Spirit of '45 Weekend
History Park

1940s Dance Party: 
Friday August 7: 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm

HSJ members free; children 2 and under free; Active Service People and Veterans are Free; all others $10

Dance under the lights of History Park to the sounds of The Swing Solution big band! Free swing dance lesson on a large dance floor and local food.

Living History & Parade: 
Saturday, August 8: 
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

HSJ members free; children 2 and under free; Active Service People and Veterans are Free; 
all others $5

Celebrate the end of World War II with a parade! Enjoy antique vehicles, a 1940s fashion show, get your hair done in vintage style, and check out the WWII tent city. Lots of activities for kids, too! Presented by HSJ and the Digital Clubhouse Network.

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