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New Date for
Spring Cleaning & Auction

The Auction will now take place
Saturday, June 4, with a preview from 8:30am-10:00pm and the live auction beginning at 10:30am at History Park.
There will be an additional preview Friday, June 3 from 10:00am - 3:00pm. Click here for more info.
San Jose Mini Maker Faire 2016
Attention Artists, Techies, Craftspeople, and Makers

Keep your eyes peeled in the coming days for our
Call for Makers for this year's San Jose Mini Maker Faire. 
Print of the Month
Take a peek back in time with this month's featured print of  The Alameda c.1895.

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,

We are excited to once again host the 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Bikes! Festival and Bicycle Show this Sunday, May 15th from 11:00am - 5:00pm at History Park. 

This volunteer-run festival is a collaboration between History San Josť, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, the Mineta Transportation Institute, Gooseneck Bicycles Magazine, Pops Fabrication, Petite Galleria and Santa Clara Valley Brewing. Special thanks to volunteer extraordinaire, Diane Solomon, who's hard work made this fantastic event possible!
Last year's festival was a smashing success and this year promises to be even better! Join our Valley's racing, road, recumbent, mountain, BMX, cargo biking, custom, cruiser, fixed gear, low rider, recreation and bike polo playing communities, clubs, riding groups and their families for a day celebrating cycling and its long history in the Valley.

Join me for a day of family fun, great food trucks, craft beer, kids' activities, thrilling BMX stunt rider shows, music, amazing exhibitors, local artists, a spectacular bicycle show and more! 

Until next time, 
Alida J. Bray
President & CEO
History San Josť Welcomes Our Newest Citizens 

Last month, History San Josť hosted a naturalization ceremony administered by City of San Jose and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Peralta Adobe - Fallon House Historic Site, where 35 people representing 15 countries were sworn in as US citizens. 

San Jose's City Manager, Norberto Duenas, an immigrant himself who came to the U.S. from Cuba, gave a moving address following the swearing in ceremony. We were honored to be a part of this special moment and proudly welcome our newest citizens! Check out more photos from the ceremony here.
Tattooed & Tenacious in the News

Our latest exhibit, Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History, is in the news again. KQED recently put together a short video highlighting one of the show's featured local artists, Sarah Grossman. Thanks so much to Kelly Whalen and KQED Arts for putting this fabulous video together. 
Women's Ink: Back to the Future with Female Tattoo Artistry | KQED Arts
Women's Ink: Back to the Future with Female Tattoo Artistry | KQED Arts

Collections Corner

Remember Summers Gone By at Our 
Latest Pop-Up Exhibit.

Summer is just around the corner and our curators have created a new pop-up exhibit with objects and ephemera from HSJ's collection. 

As leisure time increased during the post-World War II boom, so did the number of South Bay residents visiting the beaches of Santa Cruz, seeking to beat the summer heat. Check it out for yourself in the Pacific Hotel Lobby at History Park.

Museum Mysteries - What is that?!

This month's Mystery Objects even have some of our curators stumped. Help us figure it out and send your guess of what these objects are or what they were used for? Email your responses to We'll post what we think these are in next month's newsletter.

 Last Month's Object

Did you figure out what last month's artifact was? If you guessed ricer or juicer, you are correct! We had a lot of correct responses and great memories people shared about these. Marj Horn wrote in, "My Husband's Grandmother turned [their ricer] upside down, lined it with foil and made Christmas Tree fruitcake."
Schmahl Science Workshops
Summer Science Research Camp 
at History Park
Looking for a fun summer activity? Check out Schmahl Science Workshops' Summer Science Research Camp for 5th - 8th graders. Explore physics using a smart phone as a scientific instrument, conduct experiments in microbiology, and much more in these fun and informative 5-day workshops. Click here for more details and register today!

Upcoming Events
Silicon Valley Bikes! Festival & Bike Show
Sunday May 15
11:00am - 5:00pm
History Park
Admission: $5; kids 2 and under Free

Come join our Valley's racing, road, recumbent, mountain, BMX, cargo biking, custom, low rider, recreation and bike polo playing communities, clubs, riding groups and their families for a day of celebrating cycling and its history. For more info visit:   

Bombs United Car Show
Saturuday May 21
11:00am - 4:00pm
History Park
Admission: $5 per person 
 $25 per vehicle from 1959 and older

The Bombs United Car Show and picnic is back again! Enjoy a day of tricked out classic cars and much more! For more info visit:

Taco Festival of Innovation
Saturday May 28
12:00pm - 8:00pm
History Park
Admission: $10 for ages 10+,
$3 for kids ages 9 & under

This feast day is filled with great eats, local shopping, and exciting performances. Moveable Feast will curate a selection of 20 of the best taco trucks from all over the Bay Area, serving their best rendition of the taco. For tickets or more info visit:

Electronic Sriracha Festival
Sunday May 29
12:00pm - 8:00pm
History Park
Admission: $10 for ages 10+,
$3 for kids ages 9 & under
Celebrate the iconic and beloved hot sauce and electronic music with over 60 chef-driven sriracha-inspired dishes. For tickets or more info visit:

Hands-On History: Transportation Day
Sunday June 19
11:00am - 3:00pm
History Park
Admission: $5 for Adults & Kids ages 3+,
Free for HSJ Members
Free Admission for Dad! 

Celebrate Father's Day with Dad at History San Josť's Transportation Day. Dad will receive free admission to this Hands-On History event. Step back in time and experience first-hand how people got from point A to point B throughout history. Take a ride on an historic Horse Trolley pulled by two beautiful Clydesdales, test your endurance aboard a railroad handcar, and much more!

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