Become a Member | Events Calendar | Plan Your VisitExhibits & Collections | Volunteer 
Tickets on Sale NOW
for the 
1st Annual Spring Tea!
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a traditional tea 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
Spring is here and the trees are blooming! This month's featured print shows a orchard in Santa Clara, c.1900

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

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

Dear Friends,
Aimée Crocker with arm tattoo, n.d.
Courtesy of the Crocker Art Museum

In 1987, Congress declared March National Women's History Month in part, "to write women back into history." So we're celebrating by telling the little known history of California's tattooed women!

On Sunday, March 20 our newest exhibit, Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History, opens in the Leonard & David McKay Gallery at History Park. This is a fascinating history exhibit we think will surprise you. Did you know that in 1897 the New York World reported the shocking "fact" that 75% of American society women had permanent ink! While that number was probably exaggerated, it is true that many upper-class American women followed their European counterparts and got tattoos. Ladies like Lady Randolph Churchill (Winston Churchill's mother) and Aimée Crocker were tattooed. Who knows what was hiding under those concealing Victorian garments! We are also celebrating the continuing history of our local women tattoo artists (see below). Please join us for a truly captivating exhibition.

Until next time, 
Alida J. Bray
President & CEO
Travel through Time at the 
1st Annual History San José Spring Tea!

The Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild is partnering with History San José to create a fun and fascinating experience for upcoming our Spring Tea. Guild members have researched and chosen vintage clothing to complement each of our beautiful historic homes in History Park. First, guests will enjoy a fabulous tea with sweet and savory creations by Satori Teas. The Renzel Room will be especially decorated for spring. Then guests are invited to explore the park and discover docents and costumed Guild members with stories of history and fashion in the homes. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind event!  For tickets please contact Juanita Lara at  [email protected] or call 408.287.2291.

Investigating History

History San José is proud to announce that we launched a new school program called History Detectives for 4th - 6th graders. Students visit HSJ's Collection Center where they study artifacts from the collection and other primary sources to piece together a historic mystery. The program helps students discover how primary sources shape our understanding of history and learn to think critically about them. Find out more about History Detectives in our latest blog post here
Exhibit Spotlight: Women Tattoo Artists in the Valley
As part of our new exhibit, Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History, we'll not only be looking at tattooed women of the past, but also at our local women tattoo artists in San Jose and Santa Clara Valley. Did you know that there are less than a dozen women tattoo artists in the Valley?

Six of these artists will be featured in the show, sharing their experiences in the tattoo field and displaying some of their work. Check out the post for our first featured artist here; and be sure to catch their work and much more at History Park.

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

Restoration Shop Volunteers Hard at Work
Our Volunteers at the Restoration Shop have been busy working on the Museum's 1927 Model T Truck, getting it in good running order. So far they've rebuilt the starter; added a modern ignition switch; rewired the electrical system; and added a new 1 gallon gas tank. Thank you to all the Restoration Shop Volunteers for your fantastic work! 

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 José!  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 egg carton maker, you are correct! We had several guesses about what this object was, from antique book binding tool to a rigatoni pasta cutter, but no one was able to get the right answer. Will this month's mystery object be a stumper as well? Check back next month for the answer.

Upcoming Events

Tattooed & Tenacious
HSJ Members & VIP Opening Reception
Sunday, March 20
Members & VIP Only: 11:00am - 12:00pm
*Open to General Public: 12:00pm - 4:30pm*
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 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.

Bay Area Printers' Fair & Wayzgoose 
Saturday April 9 
10:00am - 3:00pm
History Park
Free Admission

Join the San Jose Printers Guild and celebrate
letterpress printing and allied arts! Come print keepsakes on vintage presses from handset metal type, tour a 1900s print shop, see a demonstration of hand papermaking, and more. 

The 22nd Annual Spring Garden Market 
Saturday April 16 
9:00am - 2:00pm
History Park
Free Admission

You don't want to miss the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County's annual Spring Garden Market! This is their premier plant sale, sustainable gardening showcase and vendor fair.

Become a Member | Events Calendar | Plan Your VisitExhibits & Collections | Volunteer


  Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView our videos on YouTubeFind us on Google+