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Print of the Month
Time to go back to school! This month's features a class portrait taken at San Jose's Horace Mann School. c.1925.

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,
Summer is winding down, but event season is still going 
strong at History Park! On September 4, we will once again host the San Jose Mini Maker Faire. This event brings Makers, artisans, techies, and craftspeople of all kinds together to share their skills and give visitors a chance to participate in a wide array of hands-on Making activities! Tickets for the 2nd Annual San Jose Mini Maker are on sale now. HSJ Members can receive a discounted price for this fantastic event.

However, first mark your calendars for the first Italian Family Festa at History Park on August 27 & 28. Sponsored by the Italian American Heritage Foundation, the Festa celebrate Italian American culture with authentic Italian foods, fantastic live entertainment, and much more. 

On September 11, Antique Autos in History Park returns with the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club. We'll feature our recently acquired 1899 Osen & Hunt Automobile - the first car built in San Jose. And on September 18, History Park will host the San Jose Poetry Festival. Presented by Poetry Center San Jose, this event will feature acclaimed local Poet Laureates, an eclectic mix of poetry presentations and workshops.

Please be sure to join us for all of these fabulous community events!

Until next time, 
Alida J. Bray
President & CEO

Sip on Some Sweet Tea at the 
African American Heritage House

Join us Sunday, August 21 from 1:30p - 4:00p at the at the Zanker House in History Park for the African American Heritage House's 6th Annual Sweet Tea Party. Enjoy an afternoon of tasty tea to help support the African American Heritage House. Click here to get your tickets today!
Hat Class with Portraits of the Past

Join Portraits of the Past's Nancy Peters 
as she leads you though hat fashions of the decades. Learn how a few minor modifications can take your hat to another time. Join Portraits of the Past Saturday, August 20th from 10:00a-1:00p at History Park's at the Empire Firehouse.Tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds will go towards the HSJ Education Department.
Celebrating 25 Years of CAHM
at History Park! 

Help us celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Chinese American Historical Museum coming to History Park on Sunday, October 2 from 1:00p - 4:00p. Enjoy live Chinese cultural stage entertainment, KidsZone crafts & activities, authors' presentations, a parade and more!  
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 more than 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.

HSJ Members, join us for the Member & VIP Reception Wednesday, September 7, 5:30p - 8:30p in the Arbuckle Gallery of the Pacific Hotel at History Park.
Collections Corner

San Jose Day Nursery 
100th Anniversary!
The San Jose Day Nursery recently celebrated it's 100th anniversary and to help celebrate our curators put together a couple of pop-up exhibits for the occasion, along with our Portraits of the Past partners who dressed up for the event. Started in 1916, the nursery has been looking after children from the days of San Jose as a small farming community to today. 

Our pop exhibit featured a
collection vintage toys, as well as a hands-on display featuring old typewriters, rotary phones and cameras.
Congratulations to the San Jose Day Nursery on 100 years, here's to 100 more!

Early Olympian Captured on Film

Check out our blog post on Olympic diver and Stanford student Clarida Hunsberger, which includes photos taken by Harold Elliott at Searsville Lake in San Mateo County during the 1924 Olympic try-outs. Find out more 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 candy cutter, you are correct! Used at The Sweet Shop in San Jose, this machine was designed to cut 150 strips of filled candies. The machines 'cut-lifter' fit between the knives of the machine so that the 150 pieces of candy could be removed in one movement.
Upcoming Events

Italian Family Festa
Saturday, August 27
11:00am - 8:00pm
& Sunday, August 28
10:00am - 6:00pm
History Park
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
History Park
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! Click here for tickets.

Member & VIP Exhibit Reception 
Wednesday, September 7 
5:30 - 8:00pm
Arbuckle Gallery, Pacific Hotel at History Park

Exclusive for HSJ Members! Come celebrate the opening of our newest exhibit, Painting the Town: The Work of Ray Giese. See work that spans Giese's 75 year career and gives an interesting peek back into San Jose's past.

Antique Autos
Sunday, September 11
11:00am - 4:00pm
Adults & Kids 3 & Older: $5
HSJ Members Free

Enjoy the 16th Annual Antique Autos in History Park
and History San Josť. Come see the over 200 antique autos of all makes and models from the late 1800s to 1945.

San Jose Poetry Festival
Sunday, September 18
9:00am - 6:00pm
General Admission: $20
PCSJ Members $15
Students $5

Join Poetry Center San Jose for the 2016 San Josť Poetry Festival. The theme of the 2016 San Josť Poetry Festival is Breaking Borders, which celebrates not only our community's diverse ethnic and cultural heritage, but also the wide range of topics and literary styles reflected in the festival's workshops, presentations, and small press fair. Click here for more info.

Chinese American Historical Museum
25th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, October 2
11:00am - 4:00pm
Free Admission
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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