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Tickets are on Sale for the 
Heritage Holiday Champagne Tea!

Join us SaturdayDecember 12 for an afternoon of scrumptious snacks and tasty tea, featuring exclusive blends by Satori Tea & champagne by the Guglielmo Winery
Seatings available for 11:00am & 2:00pm.
To purchase tickets,
contact Juanita Lara at 408.918.1045
or jlara@historysanjose.org
Print of the Month!
It's October, time to get your Halloween costumes ready! This month's print features actresses in costume from the Hotel Vendonme in 1894. 



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 Josť Research Library & Archives.

Dear Friends,

History San Josť needs your help; we want to know what you think!

Earlier this month we released a survey asking what you love about History Park and how we can better serve you. Visitor and public feedback is essential for us to remain a strong and engaging organization. We hope you can take a few short minutes to share your thoughts and feedback with us.

The survey closes Thursday October 15 at midnight! Don't delay, 
one lucky participant will win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card!


Until next time, 
 
Alida J. Bray
President & CEO
Thank You to Our Volunteers!

We have the best volunteers here at History Park! To say "thank you", on September 25, 2015 we held our annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner. 
This year, we hosted more then 100 volunteers and paid special recognition to Diane Solomon, for her incredible work creating and organizing the first ever Silicon Valley Bikes Festival & Bicycle Show! Again, We want to thank all of our amazing volunteers for their service, devotion, and commitment to History San Josť. Their work
has allowed us to continue to grow into an even more vibrant organization!


Collections Corner

A sneak peak from
The Wireless Age: 
Electronics Entrepreneurs Before 
Silicon Valley

Spies have been in the news a lot lately, from NSA surveillance to corporate espionage. Whatever your thoughts on spying, there's no denying the ingenuity and creativity that goes in to spy equipment. In this month's Collections Corner, we take a look at an early surveillance device from the Leo Jones Collection, currently on display in our newest exhibit, The Wireless Age: Electronics Entrepreneurs Before Silicon Valley

Leo Hugh Jones was an early pioneer in the development of electronic surveillance devices. In 1950, he founded the Fargo Company in San Francisco that designed and built these high-tech devices like this handbag with hidden surveillance equipment.

Wired for audio surveillance, this ordinary looking handbag featured a microphone hidden on the side and a 3mm audio jack that could connect to a recorder or transmitter. In addition the bag included a wire that extended into the the strap, allowing it to act as a radio antenna! 

Jones not only developed equipment for monitoring others, he also developed countermeasure equipment designed to prevent covert surveillance. In 1975, in a news piece from KTVU on corporate espionage, Jones' counter surveillance devices were highlighted. Check out the video below of that original broadcast!

The White Collar Spy Parts 1-3, KTVU Channel 2, 1975
The White Collar Spy Parts 1-3, KTVU Channel 2, 1975
Come see pieces from the Leo Jones Collection
 and much more at:
The Wireless Age: 
Electronics Entrepreneurs Before Silicon Valley. 
Open Tues - Sun; 11:00am - 4:30pm
in the Arbuckle Gallery, Pacific Hotel in History Park

Upcoming Events
Hands-on History Days: Haunt History Park
Saturday, October 31
11:00am - 3:00pm
History Park
HSJ members & ages 2 and younger are free; 
$5 general admission.

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!


Jewish Time Travel: An 1800s Saturday Night
Saturday, November 14
7:00pm - 9:30pm
History Park
Adults $15, Youth $7; under 3 Free.

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, click here!




Hands-on History Days: 
Happy Birthday San Josť!
Saturday, November 21
11:00am - 3:00pm
Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site
Fallon House Tours: HSJ Members Free; 4 & under free; Adults $8; Children (5-17) $5. 
Hands-on Activity Wristband: HSJ Members Free; $5 all others.

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

Hands-on History Days: 
Children's Holiday Festival 
Saturday, December 5
11:00am - 3:00pm
History Park
HSJ members & ages 2 and younger are free; 
$5 general admission.

Join us for the annual Children's Holiday Festival! Celebrate the Holidays strolling through History Park, listening to the sounds of carolers; ride the  trolley, listen in on story time, take a ride on a horse drawn carriage, and visit with Santa, who will be on-hand for photo opportunities!
 
Decadent Desserts - 
Member Appreciation Reception 
Saturday, December 5
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Pacific Hotel, History Park
For HSJ Members ONLY!

Please join us for this exclusive champagne reception filled with sumptuous sweets and decadent desserts. Get into a festive mood when you see History Park decorated for the holidays!


Heritage Holiday Champagne Tea 
Saturday, December 12
Seatings at 11:00am & 2:00pm
Pacific Hotel, History Park
$45 per person for non-members/$40 for HSJ members until November 20th. After November 20th, $50 per person/$45 for HSJ members

Enjoy a traditional tea with scones, finger sandwiches and sweets, featuring exclusive blends by Satori Tea, champagne by Guglielmo Winery, and served by the players of Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company. Later, tour historic houses decorated for the holidays! 

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