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The Return of Manny's Cellar!
Join us on 
Friday, September 18 
at 5:30pm for the Return of Manny's Cellar! 
Enjoy an old fashion Italian meal from Paesano Ristorante Italiano and reminisce with old friends.

Print of the Month!
Bring a little bit of the great outdoors inside with September's Print of the Month! This month's print is a photo from Big Basin Redwoods State Park circa 1910, taken by photographer 
Andrew P. Hill.

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

Each photograph you buy supports the History San Jos Research Library & Archives.

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your help in making the 1st Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire a smashing success! We were thrilled to host 102 Makers, who brought with them an additional 200+ Maker Helpers.

Our nonprofit partners came out in force, including: 4-H, Girl Scouts of Northern California, C.A.D.R.E. from SJSU, the San Jose Public Library, the Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose Jazz, San Jose Museum of Art, The Guadalupe River Conservancy, and Tabard Theatre to name just a few!

More than 3,000 guests, of which 1,087 were children, explored History Park, which was jumping with Steampunk jewelers, paper marbling, leather workers, tintype photographers, gemstone carvers, yarn taggers, bamboo bikes, blacksmiths, belly dancers, student engineering and robotics groups; rocket launchers and much more!

We owe a debt of gratitude to our generous sponsors for their support, as well as 44 new volunteers who spent their Labor Day Weekend working with us.

Thank you for your support of History San Jos and for helping make this dream come true.We hope we can count on you to become a part of the 2nd Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire!

Until next time, 
Alida J. Bray
President & CEO
Hands-on History Days: 
Antique Autos at History Park
Sunday, September September 13 
from 11:00am - 4:00pm 
at History Park

Come see the West Coast's largest annual antique auto show this Sunday, September September 13 at History Park! Presented each year by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club and History San Jos, early Cadillacs will be the featured auto this year. The Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association will have working exhibits and there will be antique crafts demonstrated and antique collectibles displayed. Dixieland music will be provided by the Toot Sweet Dixieland Jazz Band, plus a barbershop quartet and Swing dancers. Kids and families will especially enjoy building and racing their own race cars. Big thanks to for this great article - check it out here!
Collections Corner

Orchard Supply Hardware Box Car Restoration 

With cooler weather (hopefully) on the way, restoration work on History Park's OSH Box Car is set to get underway. Over the next several weeks the California Trolley and Rail Road Corporation (CTRC) will be working to getthe 40-foot box car back in shape. Time and the elements have not been kind. 

Look for updates on repairs, and in the mean time check out this great video from the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County to see how the OSH box car made its way to History Park!

Orchard Supply's Boxcar Moves to History San Jose
Orchard Supply's Boxcar Moves to History Park

Upcoming Events
The Return of Manny's Cellar! 
Friday, September 18
5:30pm - 9:30pm
Fallon House Historic Site

Join us for the 2nd Annual Return of Manny's Cellar at the historic Fallon House in downtown San Jos. Celebrate, eat, drink and reminisce at Many's Cellar again! Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit educational programs at History San Jose. CLICK HERE for tickets.

The Chinese Historical & Cultural Project 
Celebrates The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Sunday, September 20
12:00pm - 3:00pm
History Park

Come celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at History Park, featuring cultural performances and hands-on activities for children, sponsored by the Chinese Historical & Cultural Project. CLICK HERE for more information.

Hands-on History Days: Haunt History Park
Saturday, October 31
11:00am - 3:00pm
History Park
This scare-free annual event has become a tradition, with trick-or-treating, family-friendly events, and arts and crafts activities. Children will enjoy Trick-or-treating house to house visiting HSJ's cultural partners!

Havdalah at History Park
Saturday, November 14
7:30pm - 9:30pm
History Park

In partnership with Congregation Beth David, go back in time to experience Jewish heritage with a variety of fun and educational activities for adults and kids! For tickets visit,

Hands-on History Days: 
Happy Birthday San Jos!
Sunday, November 22
11:00am - 3:00pm
Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site

Celebrate San Jos's 238th Birthday at the Peralta Adobe Historic Site! San Jos, or El Pueblo de San Jos de Guadalupe, the first Pueblo of California, was founded November 29, 1777. Come have a slice of birthday cake and help celebrate! Meet members of Founding Families, participate in hands-on activities, and visit the historic Peralta Adobe. Co-sponsored by History San Jos and the San Pedro Square Market.

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