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.
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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

Operating as usual

This year's new exhibit is now online!  We may not be able to host you in the museum to see this exhibit in-house, but i...
07/12/2020
Madeira -- Introduction

This year's new exhibit is now online! We may not be able to host you in the museum to see this exhibit in-house, but it's all online for your enjoyment.

The year is 1418, the year of the discovery of Porto Santo Island, an event that occurred after a storm on the high seas that diverted from its intended route a vessel that was following the African coast. The navigator Gonçalves Zarco and his crew were saved by this small piece of land that they n...

We invite you to share this new initiative to support the Portuguese Language in the US
05/29/2020

We invite you to share this new initiative to support the Portuguese Language in the US

We have something new to tell you: the English version of PGlobal is now online, Público's website with the main news from Portugal to the World.

This bilingual project, developed with the support of FLAD, allows Portuguese news to be brought to the new generations of the diaspora and to American citizens living in our country - who, not being fluent in Portuguese, maintain a strong interest in Portugal.

Until June 15, access to PGlobal and its weekly newsletter is free. Enjoy and get to know this project. We are also here to hear your comments and evolve this platform.

#PortugueseDiaspora #Portugal #USA #FLAD #PGlobal

Embaixada dos EUA em Portugal Embassy of Portugal, Washington D.C. Câmara de Comércio Americana em Portugal
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Temos uma novidade para lhe contar: já está online a versão em Inglês do PGlobal, o website do PÚBLICO com as principais notícias de Portugal para o Mundo.

Este projeto bilingue, desenvolvido com o apoio da FLAD, permite levar a atualidade portuguesa às novas gerações da diáspora e aos cidadãos americanos a residir no nosso país - que, não sendo fluentes em Português, mantêm um forte interesse em Portugal.

Até dia 15 de junho, o acesso ao PGlobal e à sua newsletter semanal é gratuito. Aproveite e fique a conhecer este projeto. Estamos aqui também para ouvir os seus comentários e fazer evoluir esta plataforma.

#DiásporaPortuguesa #Portugal #EUA #FLAD #PGlobal

05/04/2020
FIVE WOUNDS CHURCH: Bridge Over Troubled Waters Music Video

Beautifully done with a message for all of us at the end.

San Jose's Five Wounds Portuguese National Church has quickly adapted to the stark reality of the coronavirus outbreak, offering online daily mass for its parishioners.…

Dia de Portugal Festival - San Jose, CA
04/28/2020

Dia de Portugal Festival - San Jose, CA

Due to local, state, and federal mandates and the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, this year’s festival that was scheduled for June 13 has been cancelled. Join us in 2021 for Dia de Portugal at the Portuguese Historical Museum in History San José!

03/12/2020
Make Portuguese Count

Make Portuguese Count

How many people of Portuguese descent live in the USA? The truth is we really don't know! That's why we're so excited about teaming up with Make Portuguese C...

The First President of the First Portuguese Republic was Azorean.  Learn about him in our online exhibits.
02/28/2020
Manoel José d’Arriaga Brum da Silveira

The First President of the First Portuguese Republic was Azorean. Learn about him in our online exhibits.

A short essay about an Azorean son, lawyer, professor, poet and politician who would become the first elected President of the First Portuguese Republic.

We’re starting a new panel in 2020 so that others may also have their names inscribed on the Wall of Honor on the bandst...
02/12/2020
Wall of Honor – Portuguese Historical Museum

We’re starting a new panel in 2020 so that others may also have their names inscribed on the Wall of Honor on the bandstands in front of the museum! https://portuguesemuseum.org/?page_id=192

Is your family or organization represented on the museum’s Wall of Honor? Our original two panels on the bandstands in front of the museum are filled with more than 500 names. We’re starting a new panel in 2020 so that others may also have their names inscribed on the Wall of Honor!

Our Annual Dia De Portugal Festival is just around the corner on June 13, right here in beautiful Kelley Park - History ...
02/08/2020

Our Annual Dia De Portugal Festival is just around the corner on June 13, right here in beautiful Kelley Park - History San Jose Area History San José. We invite you to this free event and visit our museum. If you have an hour or two and would to help please contact Jerry Escobar. Here’s a preview!

You can now search our online exhibits!  Visit our site at portuguesemuseum.org
09/09/2019

You can now search our online exhibits! Visit our site at portuguesemuseum.org

Great to have the Spirit of 45 day event here in our backyard!  Come visit the Portuguese Museum on the weekends 12 - 4!
08/10/2019

Great to have the Spirit of 45 day event here in our backyard! Come visit the Portuguese Museum on the weekends 12 - 4!

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 already 140 articles online, 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 make it...
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

Address

1650 Senter Rd
San Jose, CA
95112

Opening Hours

Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(408) 612-8095

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This is amazing museum in a beautiful well preserved historic small town setting—Proud of my Portuguese American roots—we are a huge part of the US history❤️ It’s non profit organizations like these that thrive because of community donations, volunteers, grants and Federal funds to survive. But Did you know there will be $675B federal (taxpayers money) funds that will be redistributed to communities based on census head count? In 2010 census Portuguese were counted as zero—we means we are not included. PALCUS discovered we were not coded as an ethnicity by census and there was no where on the form to check Portuguese—they advocated for a new form. The 2020 New Census form will be the first year that will count Portuguese accurately as an ethnicity! Thanks to PALCUS.org. This year we can write in Portuguese on Question #9 and #7 and up to 6 ethnicities—a first for many of European ancestry and African. I am a volunteer Captain in SC for the 2020 census. It’s time we were included—we are a huge part of this country’s history! #makeportuguesecount #writeinportuguese
I'm trying to locate birth certificates for my grandfather or grandmother born in the Azores in 1879 & 1888. I had no luck on Heritage.com. Can anyone suggest another possibility? Thanks.
I guess I should have called before coming. Came all the way from Alaska to see the museum as my family comes from the Azores and the museum was not open during it's posted hours.
There is so much to see and learn. Beautiful displays. www.portuguesemuseum.org. PortugueseBooks.org
This article may be of interest to your viewers: The Grupo de Fados de Medicina do Porto plans to return to the US, for another tour, between the 10th and 25th of April 2019.
Hi everyone, I am writing an historical novel about my Portuguese family and their history. I am particularly interested in family stories passed down about the journey (and the boats) from the Azores to Hawaii from 1875 - 1910. If you can help me, please let me know & I will provide my contact info.
The daughter of a longshoreman and a lathe operator, the writer and artist paulA neves (and sometimes PaulA Neves) grew up in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey.
Dear Friends: Attached, please find information on the Portuguese Cobblestone Pavement Exhibit / Exposição da Calçada Portuguesa no Mundo, with 33 Photographs by Ernesto Matos, designer at Lisbon City Hall. Mr. Matos has published 7 books on the subject and has done research at all the Azores Islands, Madeira, Portugal mainland, Africa, Spain, USA, Hawaii, Brazil, Goa, Macau etc. Some of his books will be at the Exhibit, which is sponsored by the Portuguese Museum, at the King's Library, San Jose, on December 2, 2017. This year the Portuguese Government (CTT) printed some stamps to commemorate the Cobblestone Pavements throughout the world.
It doesn't say where to send money for trees in PORTUGAL