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San Jose Mini Maker Faire 2016
Attention Artists, Techies, Craftspeople, and Makers

Call for Makers 
is now OPEN! 
The deadline to apply is July 22.

Catch It Before its Gone!

The Wireless Age: Electronics Entrepreneurs Before Silicon Valley 

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Print of the Month
The dog days of summer are here! This month's print features baseball player Reginald Dauner and his dog, c.1908. 

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 Valley of Heart's Delight
      2016 Valley of Heart's Delight
Big THANKS to everyone who joined us for our Valley of Heart's Delight event! We had a fantastic evening celebrating the past, present and future of San Jose and Santa Clara Valley! See some of highlights from the evening in this excellent short film produced by Jared Frazer and Tribute SF. 

Thanks to the generosity of our guests, our Fund-a-Need raised more than $23,000 to help us continue to transform the Empire Firehouse into a interactive exhibition space. 

This new exhibit space will serve over 130,000 visitors per year and educate thousands of students and visitors on fire safety techniques and the history of firefighting in Santa Clara Valley.

We are so thankful to all of our generous sponsors
particularly our lead sponsor
Linda L. Lester.
We are also grateful for the support of Gary Ashcavai, Carla Bohnett CB Photo Design Studio, Jared Frazer, Millers Vinyl GraphicsJohn Paulson Master Photographer, Anne-Caroline Wheaton Designs,
Bay Area Glass InstituteEpic Immersive, Fiddle Road, San Jose Jazz Boom Box, Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild and the San Jose Printers' Guild.

Thank you all!

Until next time, 
Alida J. Bray
President & CEO

Grand Opening of G & A's Gift Shop!

Join us Sunday, July 24 for the Grand Opening of G & A's Gift Shop. Thanks to the generous support of Linda Loew, the storage space next to O'Brien's Ice Cream Parlor has been transformed into a brand new gift shop. Join us at the ribbon-cutting for the latest edition to History Park!
Firehouse Update

Earlier this month we received a vehicle that will be incorporated into our newly redesigned Empire Firehouse exhibit. Courtesy of the San Jose Fire Museum, a large antique fire truck chassis has made its way to History Park. The truck is now being worked on by volunteers from our Restoration Shop and will eventually live outside the Firehouse for kids to explore and play on. Stay tuned for more updates!  

Upcoming Exhibit: 
Painting the Town: The Work of Rey Giese 
Opening September 4, 2016 

History San Josť is excited to announce our next exhibit will highlight acclaimed local sign painter Ray Giese. Born in San Jose, Giese created his own sign painting business from the ground up starting in 1935. Over the course of his storied career, he hand-painted more than 20,000 signs in the Bay Area. Among his clients were local businesses, public organizations and political campaigns. His career spanned over 75 years and this large collection of his work archives some of San Jose's long forgotten businesses and activities. 

Painting the Town: The Work of Rey Giese will open Sunday, September 4 in conjunction with the San Jose Mini Maker Faire in the Arbuckle Gallery of the Pacific Hotel at History Park.
Collections Corner

Typing in Japanese
Check out our latest blog post from HSJ Volunteer, Ralph Simpson, on a recently uncovered Japanese typewriter from the HSJ Collection. Find out more about this rare and ingenious artifact and his efforts to help restore it. Read more here. 

Wedding Exhibit Thank Yous!

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles recently opened their newest exhibit, Wedding Dress: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. Several of the dresses and photos featured in the exhibit are from the History San Josť Collection. We'd like to thank our amazing volunteers for helping SJMQT prepare wedding dresses from our Collection for this exhibit: Gayle Frank, Denise Faria, Roxanne Nilan, Paulette Ornellas, Nancy Peters, Janna Standridge, and Kaila Temple, for all of their hard work on this project!
See Wedding Dress: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, on display from July 8, 2016 - October 2, 2016 at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

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 candy maker, you are correct! This machine was recently uncovered while clearing out HSJ's north warehouse. Made around late 1800s, the different rollers created a variety of shapes for making different candies. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with their guesses!
Upcoming Events

Shiny Side Up Bicycle Show
Sunday, July 24
10:00am - 5:00pm
History Park
Admission: $5 for spectators, 
$5 per Bike Show Entry

Shiny Side Up is one of the largest running Bicycle Shows in the country! Besides the hundreds of custom bicycles, see bicycle related vendors, food trucks, stunt shows, live DJ and more! For more information click here.

Spirit of '45 Weekend
History Park

Spirit of '45 Benefit Dance
Friday, August 12
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Admission $10

Support Spirit of '45 and dance under the stars and light tower at History Park to the big band sounds of the 1940s.

Spirit of '45 Day
Saturday, August 13
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Admission $5, Kids 3 & Under Free

Celebrate the end of World War II with a parade! Enjoy antique vehicles, a 1940s fashion show, and check out the WWII tent city. Presented by HSJ and the Digital Clubhouse Network.

Italian Family Festa
Saturday, August 27
11:00am - 8:00pm
& Sunday, August 28
10:00am - 6:00pm
Free Admission

Grab a lawn chair or blanket and join the Italian American Heritage Foundation for a day of authentic Italian foods, fantastic live entertainment and more! For more info, visit:

2nd Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire
Sunday, September 4
10:00am - 6:00pm
Advance Tickets: Adults $12, Kids 3 & Older $8
At the Door: Adults $15, Kids $10
HSJ Members: Adults $7, Kids $3

Join us for a day of learning, creating, and exploring with over 100 different Makers, artists, crafters, tech enthusiasts, and inventors! For more info, visit: 

*Save the Date*

Chinese American Historical Museum
25th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, October 2
11:00am - 3:00pm
Help us celebrate 25 years with the Chinese American Historical Museum at History Park!  Enjoy kids craft activities, author talks, food, door prizes and more!

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