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Roses are red; Violets are blue; Happy Valentine's Day from HSJ to you!
To My Sweet Valentine, photograph, 1909, from the HSJ Collection
Tickets On Sale NOW
for the 
1st Annual Spring Tea!
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a traditional tea and sweets, featuring exclusive blends from Satori Tea Company!

Seatings at 
11:00am & 2:00pm
$45 per person/$40 for HSJ Members until March 18th.

After March 18th, $50 per person/$45 for HSJ Members.

For tickets contact Juanita Lara at [email protected] or 408.287.2291
Print of the Month
Valentine's Day is almost here and love is in the air! This month's featured print shows San Jose's Municipal Rose Garden, c. 1942.

Click here to check out this image and hundreds more available for purchase from our online 

Each photograph you buy supports the History San Josť Research Library.

Dear Friends,

2016 is off to a quick start at History Park. This month we welcomed our newest affiliate - The Bay Area Glass Institute - and will be hosting the 
Spirit of '45 National Leaders 
Photo from the Washington Family Collection of Samuel L. Washington
This month is also Black History Month and to celebrate we have a pop-up exhibit featuring Tuskegee Airman, Samuel L. Washington. Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. In 1941 though, thanks to pressure from the Civil Rights movement and the Black Press, an all African American pursuit squadron was created, based in Tuskegee, Alabama. The members of the squadron became known as the Tuskegee Airmen who became one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II, helping to pave the way for the full integration of the U.S. Military

 Our curators setting up the exhibit.

Samuel L. Washington graduated from the Tuskegee program on June 27, 1944 and was appointed as flight officer. Based in Italy, Washington
and his fellow airmen provided air support for numerous bomber missions over Germany. After retiring from military service, Lieutenant Washington eventually settled in San Jose with his wife Mary. The decorated war veteran passed away in 1981, but in 2006 was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

We are proud to honor Lieutenant
Washington and will have some of his flight gear and other artifacts donated by his family on display in the Lobby of the Pacific Hotel at History Park through March.

Until next time, 
Alida J. Bray
President & CEO
Bay Area Glass Institute Open for Business!
This week we welcomed the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) to History Park with a celebration
outlining plans for their new state of the art glass blowing studio. BAGI is now operating in temporary studio at the park, but will eventually be moving in the the North Warehouse. Guests at the event had a chance to see glass blowing demonstrations and get a sneak peek at the plans for the permanent studio. Big thanks to everyone who came out to help support BAGI and welcome them to History Park! 

New Exhibit Coming to History Park -
Tattooed & Tenacious:
Inked Women in California's History

Collection of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Tibbals Digital Collection
Do you think of tattooed women and female tattoo artists as a recent trend? If so, you'll be surprised to discover the fascinating and largely unknown history of the the foremothers of modern tattooing prior to WWII. The exhibit explores Native American women proudly displaying tattoos as an important rite of passage; the wealthy elite starting a tattoo craze; and Tattooed Ladies making an independent living preforming in circus sideshows. The exhibit will also feature artwork from local contemporary tattoo artists.

Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California History will open to the public Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 12:00pm in the Leonard & David McKay Gallery in the Pasetta House at History Park.
Collections Corner

Going Digital with the California Audiovisual Preservation Project

We are pleased to announce that the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) has selected 75 audiovisual recordings from HSJ's collection to digitize as part of the CAVPP's grant-funded mission to digitize, provide online access, and preserve historic California audiovisual recordings. Recordings selected for this round include KNTV Channel 11 news films from September-December 1979; original interviews conducted by Professor Mike Adams on the history of radio broadcasting in San Josť; and talks by engineering and physics pioneers Dr. Leonard Fuller and Dr. Wolfgang Panofsky. Check out some of the videos for yourself here. 

Museum Mysteries - What is that?!

Can you guess what this object is or what it was used for? Email your responses to [email protected], and one lucky person with the correct response will win a special prize
courtesy of History San Josť!  We'll post the answer in next month's newsletter.

 Last Month's Object
Did you figure out what last month's artifact was? If you guessed fire extinguishing grenade, you are correct! Judge Paul Bernal was the first to give the correct answer. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with their guesses and stories. Ms. Jean Mundell of Los Gatos shared this memory:

"When I was about 5 or 6 years old, just before WWII started, we lived on Kauai where my father owned a filling station and repair shop. I remember seeing a similar object filed with red liquid in the repair shop. My father said that this objects filled with red liquid should be thrown into a fire if one should break out. I couldn't understand what this liquid was, nor how it would work if someone were to toss it into the fire with such force that the object would explode. I often wondered in later years if it would only lead to a bigger fire/explosion."

Upcoming Events

The African American Heritage House's 
Black History Month Celebration 
Saturday, February 28
1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Empire Firehouse, History Park

Celebrate Black History Month with the African American Heritage House in History Park's Empire Firehouse and enjoy some fantastic spoken word and poetry slam performances.

The Chinese Historical and Cultural Project's 
Lunar New Year Celebration 
Sunday, March 6
12:00pm - 3:00pm 
History Park

  Photo courtesy of Karl Mondon
Help us ring in the
Year of the Monkey with the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project's (CHCP) Lunar New Year Celebration. Join in this lively celebration with traditional lion dancing, exciting cultural
performances, hands-on children's activities, and be in a parade around the Lillian Gong-Guy Plaza!

Tattooed & Tenacious
HSJ Members & VIP Opening Reception
Sunday, March 20
11:00am - 12:00pm
Leonard & David McKay Gallery, History Park
 Photo courtesy of Spider Webb.

Be the first to see our brand
new exhibit, Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History. Members will enjoy a tour of the exhibit with Curator Amy Cohen and discover this hidden side of California history.


History San Jose Spring Tea
Saturday, April 2
Seatings at 11:00am & 2:00pm
Renzel Room, Pacific Hotel, History Park
$50 per person/$45 for HSJ Members

Thaw out from the winter at our 1st Annual Spring Tea. Enjoy a traditional tea and sweets, featuring exclusive blends from Satori Tea. For tickets contact Juanita Lara at 
                                         or 408.918.1045.

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