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Celebrate the Holiday at History Park!
 Saturday, December 5th, from 11:00am - 3:00pm.
Experience Hands-on History Days: Children's Heritage Holiday Fun
at History Park   For more infomation
Print of the Month
Winter weather has finally arrived! This month's featured print is Lick Observatory, c.1935, covered in snow.

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 and makes an excellent holiday gift.

Dear Friends,

2015 has been an incredible year for History San Josť as we encourage our community to explore history through interactive programs that are as educational as they are fun. Many cite
philosopher George Santayana's famous quote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," as a primary reason for supporting history museums.  

However, rather than exploring history so we won't make the same mistakes, I prefer to mine history for stories of inspiration, innovation and strength. On December 1, 1955 Civil Rights activist Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was arrested for not giving up her seat to a white passenger on the bus she was riding-an individual act of extreme courage that changed history. 

Instead of teaching our kids that Nov. 27 is Black Friday and Nov. 30 is Cyber Monday --- how about sharing with them that on Nov. 27, 1895 Alfred Nobel established the Nobel Prize, and on Nov. 29, 1777 Josť Joaquin Moraga founded Pueblo de San Josť de Guadalupe! December 1 is Rosa Parks Day and it was also Giving Tuesday. Please consider giving a gift of any amount to the non-profits that are most meaningful in your life. Click here and take a minute to see our 2015 Program Highlights and the donors that made them possible. Then please consider giving a year-end gift that will help support History San Josť to continue providing thoughtful and inspirational programming through 2016!

Until next time, 
Alida J. Bray
President & CEO
Dramatic History!

HSJ is thrilled to partner with Tabard Theatre for the world premiere
performances of Swift Justice, a play written by former Mayor Tom
McEnery about the true story of the 1933 kidnapping and murder of San Josean Brooke Hart, heir to the Hart family fortune.

Stay tuned for further details about how you can join HSJ for one of these limited performances! For more information visit:

History for Dessert

On Saturday, November 21, History San Josť, along with community partners, celebrated the founding of Pueblo de San Josť de Guadalupe or the City's 238th birthday at the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site.

And what is a birthday without cake? To help celebrate, History San Josť Program Interpreter Tori Bohnett prepared a Birthday Cake 
from an 1877 recipe.To find out how this cake was uniquely featured at the Fallon House and to get the 
recipe click here. Bake up a piece of history yourself! 

Collections Corner

Dear Santa...  

Check out our latest blog post and take a peek back in the past with this letter to Santa from the History San Josť Collections Center. Click here  to explore. 

Collections Center Intern:
Meet Rachel Lynch

Rachel came to San Jose from Ireland in April 2015 on a Visa program that allows her to work in the U.S. as an intern. She completed her Master's in History from the University of Limerick in August, and is writing her thesis on the 1st Earl of Leicester, Robert Dudley. 

Rachel began work as an intern at History San Josť's Collections Center in August 2015, helping out with research projects and processing collections. Talking about here experience so far, Rachel said, "I have learned so much and I am really enjoying my time here. Being in the Collection Center has also allowed me to learn about San Jose's interesting history, which is not something I was well versed in previously." Rachel is looking forward to experiencing the holidays in the States for the first time and exploring more of California.

Catch it Before It's Gone: 
Slugs, Dingbats, & Tramp Printers!
Printing in Santa Clara Valley

Time is running out to see Slug, Dingbats, & Tramp Printers! Printing Valley in Santa Clara ValleyCome and discover the amazing local stories and people that helped revolutionize printing as we know it! For more information click here .

Upcoming Events

Hands-on History Days: 
Children's Holiday Festival 
Saturday, December 5
11:00am - 3:00pm
History Park
HSJ Members & ages 2 & under 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 from the Lyric TheatreThe Fruits of the Vine Junior Choir, and the Carden Academy of Almaden Chorusride the  trolley, listen in on story time, take a ride on a horse drawn carriage, and visit 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 in 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
 $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 the historic houses decorated for the holidays! 

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