Portuguese Historical Museum

Portuguese Historical Museum Preserving the history of the Portuguese immigrants

The Portuguese Historical Museum opened on June 7, 1997, just a few days before Portugal Day, which is commemorated on June 10 annually. The museum is one of the major attractions of History San José. In keeping with the theme of the historical park, it depicts life as it was in the Santa Clara Valley (now known as Silicon Valley) at the turn of the 20th century. The Portuguese Historical Museum is a replica of the first permanent império (Chapel to the Holy Spirit) built in San José circa 1915. It was constructed on the present site of the I.E.S. Hall on East Santa Clara Street and U.S. 101. The império, like many of its counterparts in the Azores, was built to honor the Holy Spirit. It also served as the center of much social and religious activity. At the turn of the century, it represented the continuation of celebrated traditions that helped make easier the immigrants’ transition from the old world to the new by maintaining strong bonds to their heritage. The museum has approximately 3200 square feet of exhibit space on two levels. On the ground floor, the emphasis is on the reconstructed altar that serves as the backdrop for the explanation of the significance of the Holy Ghost celebrations. Another major showpiece is an etched glass map depicting the Portuguese world. This beautiful piece graces the entrance of the museum, and with its view, visitors are introduced to Portuguese history and culture. Display cases house the ever-changing exhibits on topics such as Life in The Old Country, Coming to America, and Making a Living. The lower floor hosts rotating exhibits that relive historical events like the 1957 volcanic eruption off the Azorean island of Faial and the exodus of refugees that it spawned. In addition, exhibits such as folklore and Portuguese marching bands show how these traditions continue to be a part of Portuguese-American culture. We are located at 1650 Senter Road San Jose, CA

500 Years of Macau exhibit now online!
07/08/2019
Early History

500 Years of Macau exhibit now online!

Macau was a port of refuge, fresh water, and food for merchant sailors until it was settled by refugees fleeing Mongol invaders in 1277.

You can now see our exhibits online! We have begun to digitize our past exhibits that may be viewed online on our Web si...
04/23/2019

You can now see our exhibits online! We have begun to digitize our past exhibits that may be viewed online on our Web site at portuguesemuseum.org. Hover over "Exhibits" in the menu and from the drop down, select "By Category" or "By Topic".

There are nearly 100 articles online currently, and the selection will grow as we add more in the coming weeks and months. There's a lot of content to enter into our system so that you may enjoy twenty years of our exhibits online wherever you are in the world!

Our online exhibits are best viewed with a modern browser like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera or Safari. Internet Explorer may not give you the full and proper experience. In fact, Microsoft is even discouraging the use of its own Internet Explorer after having effectively retired it in 2015 with the introduction of the Edge browser.

04/09/2019
We had a great turnout.  Thank you to all who attended the Portuguese Immigrant Week Open House.  Join us June 8, 2019 h...
03/16/2019

We had a great turnout. Thank you to all who attended the Portuguese Immigrant Week Open House. Join us June 8, 2019 here at History San José! 🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹 Dia de Portugal Festival - San Jose, CA

03/16/2019

Come join us at History Park San Jose and enjoy the afternoon! Stop by our open house from 1 - 4. Free admission!

02/12/2019

Today, the San José City Council unanimously passed the name "28th Street/Little Portugal" for the future BART subway station behind Five Wounds Church. Special thanks to Mayor Liccardo and Councilmembers Peralez and Carrasco for their support for the name and for their support of our community over the years.

The VTA and BART Boards are also expected to vote on the name in the coming months.

02/09/2019

Next Tuesday, February 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in San José, the city council will be voting on whether it wants to name the future BART subway station behind Five Wounds Church "28th Street/Little Portugal".

If you too think that this is an important recognition of our Portuguese community's history and contributions in East San José for more than 100 years, please attend the City Council Meeting. If approved, "28th Street/Little Portugal" will be known throughout the BART system for as long as BART exists. It's a BIG DEAL.

Right now, this item is part of the Council's Consent Calendar, which means that it is grouped together with a lot of other items. The Council votes on and approves all items on the Consent Calendar with a single vote, UNLESS a councilmember requests to remove an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion and a separate vote on that item only OR if a member of the public submits a request to speak on an item.

So it's not a done deal that "28th Street/Little Portugal" will be approved by the City Council on Tuesday. If it does pass, though, the VTA and BART Boards of Directors must approve it, but we have been working with VTA and they will approve it if the City Council approves it. Likewise, BART should approve it if VTA approves it.

So it all hinges on what happens on Tuesday at 1:30 in the Council Chambers at San José City Hall. Will you join us? Parking validation is available for parking under City Hall accessible from Sixth Street. Bring your ticket with you for validation in the machine located in the back of the Council Chambers.

Check out the page of videos on our Web site.
11/25/2018
Videos

Check out the page of videos on our Web site.

Museum tour led by one of our founders, Joe Machado. Traditional Holy Ghost procession staged for Dia de Portugal at the Portuguese Historical Museum in

11/16/2018
Museum Tour

View a museum tour led by one of our founders, Joe Machado.

We would like to thank all the friends of the museum who joined us for our annual picnic!  We invite everyone to come se...
10/07/2018

We would like to thank all the friends of the museum who joined us for our annual picnic! We invite everyone to come see our new digital display and our new exhibit of the Portuguese influence in Macau.

10/07/2018
Portuguese Historical Museum

Come visit our Museum on weekends 12 - 4 next time you come to San Jose!

Enjoying a wonderful afternoon with all the friends of the museum!

10/07/2018

Enjoying a wonderful afternoon with all the friends of the museum!

08/22/2018

Join "PHSC" Portuguese Heritage Society of California at the Oakland A's game on September 21st celebrating Portuguese Heritage Night.

Please order your tickets lower box Section 128, $35 per ticket, by August 31st from Mary Alsheikh or Maria Roliz to benefit PHSC.

Text/call: (415) 990-5534

Friday September 21, 2018 @ 7:05
– Oakland A’s vs. Minnesota Twins

Join the A’s for our annual Portuguese Heritage Night on September 21. All participants that purchase a SPECIAL TICKET for this event will receive an exclusive A’s Portuguese Heritage Stomper Bobblehead and access to our pregame party in Championship Plaza!

Portuguese Historical Museum
08/13/2018

Portuguese Historical Museum

Portuguese Heritage Night with the Oakland Athletics on Friday, September 21, 2018. Special $35 tickets and a Stomper bobblehead holding the Portuguese flag. See https://www.facebook.com/PHNAthletics/

Portuguese Heritage Night with the Oakland Athletics on Friday, September 21, 2018.  Special $35 tickets and a Stomper b...
08/10/2018

Portuguese Heritage Night with the Oakland Athletics on Friday, September 21, 2018. Special $35 tickets and a Stomper bobblehead holding the Portuguese flag. See https://www.facebook.com/PHNAthletics/

06/25/2018
A Story of Five Wounds Brookwood Terrace

A SJSU anthropology project about Little Portugal in San José.

This video, created by Applied Anthropology graduate students, draws on stories of San Jose Stories, Neighborhood Lives and connects them to the Five Wounds ...

We had a wonderful time at the Holy Ghost festa at Ies Portuguese Hall in San Jose!  Nice to see so many people celebrat...
06/25/2018

We had a wonderful time at the Holy Ghost festa at Ies Portuguese Hall in San Jose! Nice to see so many people celebrating our Portuguese heritage.

Here are more awesome photos taken at the Festival by Mr. DaGama 📷
06/10/2018
Dia de Portugal - 2018

Here are more awesome photos taken at the Festival by Mr. DaGama 📷

301 new photos added to shared album

Thank you to the Portuguese Tribune for all of the beautiful photos taken at yesterday’s festival. If you didn’t mak...
06/10/2018

Thank you to the Portuguese Tribune for all of the beautiful photos taken at yesterday’s festival. If you didn’t make it yesterday, here is what you missed out on. Mark your calendars for next year’s festival on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Feliz Dia de Portugal 🇵🇹

The Portuguese Historical Society of California organized the annual Dia de Portugal Festival at History Park at Kelley Park in San José, California on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Photos by: Miguel Ávila, The Portuguese Tribune

05/26/2018
www.eventbrite.com

One way for our California Portuguese community to demonstrate its strength and resolve to the highest-ranking representatives of the Portuguese and Azorean governments would be to pack the Santa Clara Convention Center with 600 of us for the banquet hosted by the Prime Minister of Portugal with the President of the Azores attending as well on Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m.

Our presence would speak volumes. Your $50 per person donation to L.A.E.F. (Luso-American Education Foundation) will help support Portuguese language programs throughout the state and it's fully tax-deductible since the Government of Portugal is hosting the banquet.

Please don't wait any longer to purchase your tickets since the deadline is Thursday, May 31. Tickets are available online at https://primeiroministrovisitacalifornia.eventbrite.com/ or locally at:
KSQQ
KLBS
POSSO
Sociedade Espirito Santo, Santa Clara
PFSA
Luso American Financial
Comendador Manuel Eduardo Vieira
Consulate General of Portugal
Honorary Consul of Portugal in San Diego – Eng. Idalmiro da Rosa
Honorary Consul of Portugal in Los Angeles – Sr. John Martins
Honorary Consul of Portugal in Tulare – Prof. Diniz Borges

Dia de Portugal Festival - San Jose, CA
04/14/2018

Dia de Portugal Festival - San Jose, CA

Portuguese Historical Museum presents the 2018 Dia de Portugal Festival happening on Saturday, June 9th at Kelley Park in San Jose. Join us and check out new museum exhibits, Portuguese food, music, entertainment and more... Mark your calendar!!! Dia de Portugal - Saturday, June 9, 2018

02/07/2018

We need volunteers for Dia de Portugal 2018 on June 9! Have fun helping out for two hours (serving food in a food booth, selling drink tickets, checking ID’s for beer/wine purchases, answering questions at the info booth, handing out programs at the entry gate, selling raffle tickets). Benefits: free parking, free food, feeling good at helping, and meeting new people. Sign up now. (408) 293-3053 or [email protected] or [email protected]. See our Web site for photos of past Dias de Portugal: http://diadeportugalca.org

12/15/2017
Visit San Jose

Five Wounds Portuguese National Church and Adega Restaurant are featured in a San José promotional video.

Been yet? San Jose, California. This is Silicon Valley.

Portuguese Historical Museum reached 1,000 likes!
12/04/2017

Portuguese Historical Museum reached 1,000 likes!

Thanks for being a part of the Portuguese Historical Museum community! Share this Page with friends to help more people learn about it.

12/01/2017
SIC Notícias

San Jose's first and only Michelin star restaurant in the news again!

A região de Silicon Valley, uma referência mundial na tecnologia, rendeu-se à gastronomia portuguesa. Durante três dias, cinco chefs com estrelas Michelin conquistaram os norte-americanos com pratos e vinhos de Portugal

Here's a direct link to donate: https://reforestportugal.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/help-montis/
11/05/2017

Here's a direct link to donate: https://reforestportugal.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/help-montis/

This is a challenge to all Portuguese living outside of Portugal. Our country lost a large percentage of its green areas and we must all help in making Portugal green and lush once again. Only 3 euros will plant one tree and maintain one square meter of forest clean for 10 years. Let’s show how although we live fairways, Portugal is always in our hearts.
Please share this as widely as possible. Together we can make a difference.

Este desafio é para todos os Portugueses que vivem fora de Portugal. O nosso país perdeu uma grande percentagem da sua mancha verde e todos temos que ajudar para que Portugal torne a ser verdejante. Apenas 3 euros serão suficientes para plantar uma árvore e manter 1 metro quadrado de floresta limpa por 10 anos. Vamos provar que embora longe temos Portugal no nosso coração. Por favor partilhem o mais possível. Juntos podemos fazer a diferença.

https://reforestportugal.wordpress.com/

Portuguese Tribune
06/17/2017

Portuguese Tribune

Saturday, June 10, 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the Portuguese Historical Museum at History Park at Kelley Park. This year's events had a similar program as previous editions with music, food, art, a wine garden, Portuguese organizations, and other things Portuguese. Mayor Sam Liccardo, Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese, Consul General of Portugal in San Francisco Nuno Mathias, Deputy Minister of Defense of Portugal Marcos Perestrello, Speaker of the Azores Parliament Ana Luisa Pereira Luis, and other dignitaries were on hand for the ceremonies. Ana Luisa Luis used the opportunity to personally bestow the "Insignia Autonómica" (Azores medal) on Diniz Borges, Honorary Consul of Portugal in Tulare and Portuguese language educator.

Sábado, 10 de Junho de 2017 marcou o 20º aniversário do Museu Histórico Português na History Park no Kelley Park de San José. Com o programa semelhante a edições anteriores, o festival teve muita música, gastronomia, arte, organizações portuguesas, um jardim de vinhos e tudo o que é português. O Mayor de San José Sam Liccardo, Presidente do Board of Supervisors do Condado de Santa Clara Dave Cortese, o Cônsul Geral de Portugal em San Francisco Nuno Mathias, Secretário de Estado da Defesa de Portugal Marcos Perestrello, a Presidente da Assembleia Legislativa da Região Autónoma dos Açores Ana Luisa Pereira Luis entre outros dignatários estiveram presentes nas cerimónias do Dia de Portugal em San José. Aproveitando a oportunidade da sua deslocação a San José, Ana Luisa Luis condecorou com a Insígnia Autonómica o professor de Português e Cônsul Honorário de Portugal em Tulare Diniz Borges.

Photos: Miguel Ávila, The Portuguese Tribune.

The Insider’s Guide to Little Portugal in San Jose
06/16/2017
The Insider’s Guide to Little Portugal in San Jose

The Insider’s Guide to Little Portugal in San Jose

Boasting a mix of rich history, ornate architecture, and authentic Portuguese restaurants, Little Portugal is one of the lesser known ethnic enclaves of San Jose. Located in the eastern part of the city, the four-block stretch of Little Portugal is...

Portuguese Tribune
06/11/2017

Portuguese Tribune

Saturday, June 10, 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the Portuguese Historical Museum at History Park at Kelley Park. This year's events had a similar program as previous editions with music, food, art, a wine garden, Portuguese organizations, and other things Portuguese. Mayor Sam Liccardo, Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese, Consul General of Portugal in San Francisco Nuno Mathias, Deputy Minister of Defense of Portugal Marcos Perestrello, Speaker of the Azores Parliament Ana Luisa Pereira Luis, and other dignitaries were on hand for the ceremonies. Ana Luisa Luis used the opportunity to personally bestow the "Insignia Autonómica" (Azores medal) on Diniz Borges, Honorary Consul of Portugal in Tulare and Portuguese language educator.

Sábado, 10 de Junho de 2017 marcou o 20º aniversário do Museu Histórico Português na History Park no Kelley Park de San José. Com o programa semelhante a edições anteriores, o festival teve muita música, gastronomia, arte, organizações portuguesas, um jardim de vinhos e tudo o que é português. O Mayor de San José Sam Liccardo, Presidente do Board of Supervisors do Condado de Santa Clara Dave Cortese, o Cônsul Geral de Portugal em San Francisco Nuno Mathias, Secretário de Estado da Defesa de Portugal Marcos Perestrello, a Presidente da Assembleia Legislativa da Região Autónoma dos Açores Ana Luisa Pereira Luis entre outros dignatários estiveram presentes nas cerimónias do Dia de Portugal em San José. Aproveitando a oportunidade da sua deslocação a San José, Ana Luisa Luis condecorou com a Insígnia Autonómica o professor de Português e Cônsul Honorário de Portugal em Tulare Diniz Borges.

Photos: Miguel Ávila, The Portuguese Tribune.

05/10/2017
Volunteer » Dia de Portugal Festival

Our 20th Annual Dia de Portugal Festival at the Portuguese Historical Museum at Kelley Park is on Saturday, June 10. This celebration is only possible because of the volunteers who make it possible. We need new volunteers to continue this tradition or we may not be able to celebrate Dia de Portugal at the Portuguese Historical Museum much longer. To volunteer for this year’s celebration, please call 408 293-3053 or fill out the form linked to below today so that the organizing committee can plan for your participation.

JB Designs
03/14/2017

JB Designs

The festival this year lands on the official Dia de Portugal date of June 10th 🇵🇹

Dia de Portugal Festival - San Jose, CA Portuguese Historical Museum

Book presentation and an exhibit with 30 plus photographs, about the "Calcada Portuguesa no Mundo" will be shown on Satu...
06/10/2016

Book presentation and an exhibit with 30 plus photographs, about the "Calcada Portuguesa no Mundo" will be shown on Saturday, June 11, at 2:00 PM at the Dia de Portugal Festival, in the Pacific Hotel, History Park, (Kelly Park), San Jose.

The book presentation and the Exhibit, are the work of the authors Ernesto Matos, designer from Lisbon, City Hall and Jorge Cunha, Director of Graciosa Museum, Azores.

Everyone is cordially invited. Free Admission.

06/10/2016

LATE NEWS
There will be a wine tasting area with Portuguese wines and a "calçadas" exhibit with Ernesto Matos. "Calçadas" is how Portuguese stone masons create the beautiful sidewalks that you see in Portugal, the Azores, Madeira and other places where Portuguese have put down roots -- like our very own Portuguese Historical Museum. See our beautiful plaza originally laid down by stone masons from Terceira Island, in the Azores.

Taylor Amarante is a great new comedic talent in our community who will be performing at Dia de Portugal at History San ...
05/08/2016

Taylor Amarante is a great new comedic talent in our community who will be performing at Dia de Portugal at History San José on June 11. Come out and enjoy his show and all of the other entertainment that day: http://www.diadeportugalca.org/festival/program/

Five Wounds Portuguese National Church on international television (again).
11/30/2015
Five Wounds Portuguese National Church

Five Wounds Portuguese National Church on international television (again).

Our church was on international TV last November 15, 2015 on "Hora dos Portugueses" (The Hour of the Portuguese) on RTPi TV. Thanks to Nelson Ponta-Garca for the TV spot.

A nossa igreja esteve na RTPi na "Hora dos Portugueses" a 15 de Novembro de 2015. Agradecemos ao Nelson Ponta-Garça pela reportagem.

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