California History Center

California History Center The California History Center is dedicated to the study of state, regional, and local history and is located on the De Anza College campus.
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The California History Center and California History Center Foundation are in partnership with the Foothill-De Anza Community College District to provide a holistic, hands-on approach to history and current issues for students and the larger community. As we enter the 21st century, the vision for the CHC is to be the hub for California Studies in the Santa Clara Valley. We continue to develop a dynamic, multidisciplinary, California Studies program which includes new courses, lectures and workshops for students, faculty, staff, and community, and a variety of other activities. The hope is to provide a place where students, faculty, staff, and community can enter into dialogue and grapple intellectually with what California means, what it is and what it can become; in other words to educate the residents of this state to be informed participants in determing California's future.

This is a new website for a project CHC is involved in!
04/06/2020
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This is a new website for a project CHC is involved in!

An art experiment bringing to life treasured community histories in virtual space.

04/01/2020
Digging to Chinatown Preview - The Story of San Jose's Chinatowns

Please follow this unique and timely project now underway - Hidden Histories!

"People didn't know for decades that there was a Chinatown in San Jose, and actually there were five." -- historian Connie Young Yu.

The exclusionary actions that violently wiped out the Market Street Chinatown, and then the paving over of the Heinleinville Chinatown, including the destruction of the Ng Shing Gung temple are sad evidence of xenophobia and the steady drive of forced assimilation.

With the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown augmented reality art project, we hope to give people a window into the past and into the hearts of the real people who lived, loved, worked, were born, and died here. This place has meaning. When you walk the streets, try to see it, try to remember.

https://vimeo.com/208612740

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02/18/2020

Join us today for the 18th annual Day Of Remembrance 1:30PM-3:00PM - Conference Room A&B

On the 78th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 that marked the beginning of the forced expulsion and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, we reflect upon the lessons learned about civil liberties as we continue to face an upsurge in racism, profiling, and attacks on immigrant communities.

Featuring presentations and speakers:

What does legal and illegal really mean? During WWII, the U.S. government forcibly removed from Peru immigrants of Japanese Ancestry, seized their passports, and sent them to detention camps in the U.S. to be used for possible “Prisoner of War” exchanges. At the end of the war, they were treated as “illegal aliens.” Bekki Shibayama, daughter of the late San Jose activist, and Japanese Peruvian, Art Shibayama, will discuss the ongoing efforts to win justice today for Japanese Latin Americans and parallels to what is happening to other immigrant and refugee groups today. What does reparations mean? Reparations for slavery is a topic in the national elections: how does the Japanese American redress/reparations case fit into this debate and civil liberties in general? How do you unite a community to defend civil liberties for others? Eric Boas of San Jose Nikkei Resisters will discuss their quilt project and efforts to raise funds to help defend local Southeast Asians who originally entered the US as refugees, but now face deportation.

02/10/2020
Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown

Hidden Histories is an augmented reality art project the California History Center is supporting!

Have you ever wondered what stories are hidden in San Jose Japantown? Learn more about this exciting virtual art project coming in 2020! There will be an informational session for prospective artists on Monday, February 10th at 7pm at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. Follow us on Facebook to learn more about this adventure in Augmented Reality!

"The Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown" is one of five recipients of this nation-wide grant process to reveal the m...
12/03/2019
Shaping the future of technology in museums: Knight invests $750,000 in five experiments using immersive technology in the arts

"The Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown" is one of five recipients of this nation-wide grant process to reveal the multi-ethnic history of San Jose's Japantown! #californiahistory #sanjose #japantownsanjose #siliconvalley #knightfoundation Congratulations Tom Izu and the Japanese American Museum of San Jose!

Five arts institutions will share nearly $750,000 in new support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for experimental projects that explore new ways to engage audiences through immersive experiences.

Did you get your tickets? We are very excited to host Artist and designer Tamiko Thiel and Midori Kono Thiel this Saturd...
10/22/2019
The Female Supercomputer Designer Who Inspired Steve Jobs

Did you get your tickets? We are very excited to host Artist and designer Tamiko Thiel and Midori Kono Thiel this Saturday at the CHC 50th Anniversary - Taste of History! Get to know a little more about Tamiko below.

The designer and artist Tamiko Thiel gets her due in a new show at MoMA.

Summer is almost here! Join California History Center staff and board members at our open house. We will be enjoying som...
06/04/2019

Summer is almost here! Join California History Center staff and board members at our open house. We will be enjoying some snacks, discussing our 50th anniversary, and celebrating the upcoming summer solstice.

DEADLINE FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS DUE ON SATURDAY!
05/16/2019

DEADLINE FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS DUE ON SATURDAY!

The May 18th deadline for the CHC scholarship is fast approaching. Since our initial post of this scholarship, we changed the contact info on the flyer to De Anza's Financial Aid Office. This is to better serve our students who want access to forms and better understand the submission process. Happy Spring Quarter!

📌📌DEADLINE IN TWO WEEKS📌📌If you're a current De Anza student, you could be eligible to receive a scholarship worth $1500...
05/02/2019

📌📌DEADLINE IN TWO WEEKS📌📌

If you're a current De Anza student, you could be eligible to receive a scholarship worth $1500! If you have questions about the paperwork, please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. Got questions about the prompt or the content? Contact Tom Izu at [email protected]

The May 18th deadline for the CHC scholarship is fast approaching. Since our initial post of this scholarship, we changed the contact info on the flyer to De Anza's Financial Aid Office. This is to better serve our students who want access to forms and better understand the submission process. Happy Spring Quarter!

EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/2413981582151040/ With Asian American Heritage Month fast approaching, we welcome...
04/29/2019

EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/2413981582151040/

With Asian American Heritage Month fast approaching, we welcome one and all to Breaking Down Baybayin with Kirby Araullo at the California History Center on Thursday May 16th at 1:30PM. The workshop aims to teach attendees how to read and write in the ancient Filipino script of Baybayin as well as provide history to its origins and cultural significance. The California History Center would like to appreciate DASB for partially funding this event!

Kirby Araullo is a Filipino-American artist-scholar-activist and internationally renowned Kapampangan & Tagalog culture bearer. He studied and taught indigenous scripts for the past decade, striving to decolonize Philippine history and democratize Ethnic Studies through knowledge & play. He recently published his first book, “Black Lives & Brown Freedom: Untold Histories of War, Solidarity & Genocide,” which unveils the bonds between African American soldiers and Filipinos in the Philippine-American War. He currently works as the Director of Operations at UC Davis’s Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies. Kirby also produces educational videos on Filipino/Filipino-American history and experiences on Youtube.

WEBSITE: http://kirbyaraullo.com
YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheKirbyNoodle
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/karaullo

California History Center
04/18/2019

California History Center

The California History Center is proud to present its newly published children's book, "The Story of Mattie the Tortoise...
04/18/2019

The California History Center is proud to present its newly published children's book, "The Story of Mattie the Tortoise". It is beautifully written and edited by Grant Somers and Kathleen Somers Peregrin respectively, both of whom are a part of the 77 year old tortoise's family. We're excited to hold a reception event in May dedicated to the new book!

We have an exhibit currently open, filled with original illustrations from the book. We look forward to seeing you on May 23rd!

Reception event information:
Thursday May 23rd
1:30 - 3:00 PM
CHC @ De Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

Contact Tom Izu at 408-864-8986 or [email protected]

The May 18th deadline for the CHC scholarship is fast approaching. Since our initial post of this scholarship, we change...
04/11/2019

The May 18th deadline for the CHC scholarship is fast approaching. Since our initial post of this scholarship, we changed the contact info on the flyer to De Anza's Financial Aid Office. This is to better serve our students who want access to forms and better understand the submission process. Happy Spring Quarter!

Join the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike! P...
03/19/2019

Join the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike! Presenters will uncover new histories of Chinese immigrant workers who were essential to creating the Transcontinental Railroad. The event will be hosted at Tresidder Union, Oak Lounge at Stanford University at 2pm on April 11, 2019. We hope to see you there!

We are so excited to have Nancy Ukai, David Izu and Amy Iwasaki Mass present the "50 Objects" project and several videos...
02/19/2019

We are so excited to have Nancy Ukai, David Izu and Amy Iwasaki Mass present the "50 Objects" project and several videos to showcase the preservation of personal objects in the time of Japanese American imprisonment during World War II.

Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network is tabling at Day of Remembrance at De Anza College! They're providing materia...
02/19/2019

Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network is tabling at Day of Remembrance at De Anza College! They're providing materials for supporting our communities under threat of deportation. Attend the next Rapid Response Training on February 20th in Mountain View and February 23rd in San Jose!

Day of Remembrance will be happening this Tuesday! We updated our flyer to include another event about the travel ban & ...
02/14/2019

Day of Remembrance will be happening this Tuesday! We updated our flyer to include another event about the travel ban & changes in immigration policy from 3-4PM at Conference Rooms A & B. This will be a back-to-back event series. We can't wait to see students, faculty, and community members next week!

In commemoration of Day of Remembrance, there will be a panel of multicultural speakers who will share collective histor...
02/07/2019

In commemoration of Day of Remembrance, there will be a panel of multicultural speakers who will share collective histories of exclusion and activism on Sunday, February 17th. This will lead into a community-based forum that can further inform our future in San Jose. Corinna Okada Takara will also showcase an interactive art project. Anyone in the community is welcome to participate in this exciting discussion and art project!

Below is the finalized flyer for the event in Japantown, San Jose, on the 17th! We hope to see you there.

RSVP now by phone or email: (408)294-3138, [email protected]

Are you currently a student at De Anza College? Are you concerned about civil liberties and civil rights? Do you want $1...
12/10/2018

Are you currently a student at De Anza College? Are you concerned about civil liberties and civil rights? Do you want $1500? Then this is the scholarship for you! Apply by May 18, 2019

Shoutout to Professor Vivian Bejarin and her English Writing 1A class for visiting us last month! Students practiced the...
12/10/2018

Shoutout to Professor Vivian Bejarin and her English Writing 1A class for visiting us last month! Students practiced their skills on semiotic analysis, a journalism tactic used to understand an image's deeper and symbolic meaning, at the CHC's fall exhibit on civil liberties in California. We're very grateful to help facilitate this learning experience and hope to see more of you in the future. From everyone at the CHC, we wish every student good luck on finals this week!

"And the research goes on: A trip to the museum has been shown to help people with anything from shortness of breath to ...
12/10/2018
Californians for the Arts

"And the research goes on: A trip to the museum has been shown to help people with anything from shortness of breath to dementia. Like exercise, exposure to the arts reaches parts of our being that conventional medicine doesn’t prioritize. These new initiatives recognize that attached to the hearts, lungs, and brains that our doctors test, poke, and prod is a whole person." #museums #ArtsinHealth

“Like exercise, exposure to the arts reaches parts of our being that conventional medicine doesn’t prioritize.” #ArtsinHealth
https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-going-art-museum-good-exercise

11/20/2018

Follow us on our new instagram page: @cahistorycenter

Voting season may be over but as involved and conscious peoples, we understand that there's still so much work in the co...
11/08/2018

Voting season may be over but as involved and conscious peoples, we understand that there's still so much work in the community to be done! In honor of continuing the legacy of our civil liberties, the California History Center opened its fall quarter exhibit on November 6th called "Wherever There's a Fight" based on the eponymous book by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi.

California History Center
10/29/2018

California History Center

Formal program ended. Now to enjoy live jazz, good company and some food!
10/27/2018

Formal program ended. Now to enjoy live jazz, good company and some food!

Photos from California History Center's post
10/27/2018

Photos from California History Center's post

"Okinawa always had this history of resistance.. Especially against the military bases." - Wesley Ueunten
10/27/2018

"Okinawa always had this history of resistance.. Especially against the military bases." - Wesley Ueunten

Photos from California History Center's post
10/27/2018

Photos from California History Center's post

Christina Espinosa-Pieb is currently making opening remarks for this year's A Taste of History program!
10/27/2018

Christina Espinosa-Pieb is currently making opening remarks for this year's A Taste of History program!

Please join us this Saturday October 27 at the Visual Performing Arts Center for a benefit fundraiser, A Taste of Histor...
10/22/2018

Please join us this Saturday October 27 at the Visual Performing Arts Center for a benefit fundraiser, A Taste of History! Wesley Ueunten--a teacher & musician with Okinawan roots--serves as the main musical performance by exploring history through song. There will also be live jazz performances, food, and wine.

Tickets are $75. All proceeds will support after-school art classes for at-rick youth and De Anza student-led projects that preserve our local histories.

Power & Protest
05/18/2018

Power & Protest

We hope to see you all at our reception for Power & Protest tomorrow Saturday, May 12th, 1:30-3:30pm at the California H...
05/11/2018

We hope to see you all at our reception for Power & Protest tomorrow Saturday, May 12th, 1:30-3:30pm at the California History Center.

Be sure to check out our new exhibition Power & Protest April 17-June 25, 2018. Opening reception May 12thPower & Protes...
04/16/2018

Be sure to check out our new exhibition Power & Protest April 17-June 25, 2018. Opening reception May 12th

Power & Protest, highlights the evolution of civil liberties and civil rights for African Americans in San Jose by looking at past and present stories of personal struggle in the ongoing fight for social justice.

Special Thanks to History San José, Euphrat Museum of Art, Clarissa Moore, Sharat G. Lin, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, San Jose State Special Collections.

California History Center's cover photo
04/16/2018

California History Center's cover photo

California History Center
04/16/2018

California History Center

Address

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA
95014

Opening Hours

Tuesday 21:30 - 23:59
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 21:30 - 23:59
Wednesday 00:00 - 16:00
Thursday 21:30 - 23:59
Thursday 00:00 - 16:00
Friday 00:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(408) 864-8712

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Under the eves… July 2017 The Miller Red Barn Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 6 Henry Miller in San Francisco When we last left Henry… He had started his wholesale (meat) business on Jackson Street between Dupont and Kearny. A break came for Henry when he met John Center and was asked to kill some hogs. Center had purchased some hogs and some steers from the Sandwich Islands. Henry Lux was hired to kill them, but Lux could only kill 6 or 7 per day. Center wanted the hogs killed as soon as possible because he was out of feed. Center was involved in many aspects of San Francisco; he had many men working for him and had a restaurant. He hired Henry to kill the hogs and provided him with a mule to ride to the Mission area where the hogs were. In three days, Henry had killed and dressed over 100 hogs. Center was so impressed that he offered to set Henry up in a bigger shop. Henry declined because he did not know the man well and wanted to be his own boss. For two years, Henry built up his business step by step. By 1853, he had a small slaughterhouse on the corner of Fifth and Howard streets. At that time, he decided to take on a partner Zimmerman. Henry was no longer able to do all of the work himself, so Zimmerman worked the shop and ran the business. Zimmerman lasted about a year; then Henry took on a younger man named Westir. Again, Westir lasted about a year. This seemed to be the length of time that the men needed to get their start. The next person to work with Henry was Joseph Lawler. That summer, they purchased a large lot of Spanish cattle. The cattle were pastured at Guadalupe Valley, and the cattle would be driven to San Francisco in small batches. By carefully building his wholesale business, Henry Miller had turned the initial $150 investment into an enterprise worth several thousand dollars in two short years. During this time, he had established himself as a wholesaler and master butcher. Later in 1853, he and Lawler purchased a herd of 300 prime cattle from Livingston & Kincaid. The price was $33,000, more than any other butcher could pay. This was the first herd of prime American cattle driven into San Francisco and the beginning of crowding out the tougher meat of the Mexican cattle. In 1857, Henry Miller purchased another herd of cattle with Charles Lux. Charles knew Miller through the unsuccessful hog butcher, his own brother Henry Lux. The herd was purchased from a man named Erskin, who had driven them from Texas. Erskin was in a hurry to return to Texas, so he turned the approximately 2,000 head loose in the Pacheco Pass area while he negotiated the sale. When Miller & Lux arrived to inspect the herd, there were only 1,500 – 1,600 head left. Miller and Lux decided to buy the herd for $67.50 per head. Each man put in half of the money and received half of the profits when the cattle were sold. Many people think that this was the start of the famous partnership, but that is incorrect. Lux’s wife was from Rhode Island and she wanted to move back. Late in 1858, the Lux’s decided to go east. One year later in late September, Lux was back in San Francisco and got in touch with Henry. By October 5, they had agreed to purchase 2,000 head of cattle from Thomas Dias and pasture them on rented land in Milpitas. This was the business deal that founded the co-partnership of Miller & Lux. 1Edited by Charles Sawyer, Interviews by Ralph Milliken, One Man Show Henry Miller in the San Joaquin, (Los Banos: Ralph Milliken Museum Society, 2003) I hope that you enjoyed reading about how Henry Miller and Charles Lux started the partnership that last nearly 30 years. For those of you who have been reading along since the beginning, I apologize for the long break in between this and the last issue in April. During that time, we have launched our website (https://themillerredbarn.org) and hosted a very successful BBQ at the Barn. I am looking forward to getting back into Henry's story. Volunteers are joyfully welcomed. Questions and comments are always welcome. Email me (Patti Perino) at [email protected]