History San José

History San José History San José preserves and enriches the cultural heritage of San José and the Santa Clara Valley.
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History San José operates three locations: History Park — a historical and cultural campus featuring 19 partner organizations who each tell their own history in their own words; the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site — one of the oldest and most significant locales in San José; and the Collection Center — the Valley’s collective memory.

History San Jose is at The Tech Interactive!  We’ve got early technology to show you this holiday weekend:  10:30 to 4:3...
02/15/2020

History San Jose is at The Tech Interactive! We’ve got early technology to show you this holiday weekend: 10:30 to 4:30, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday.

Here are some students expressing their feelings about the great experience that had visiting History San Jose!
01/22/2020

Here are some students expressing their feelings about the great experience that had visiting History San Jose!

The feel of receiving a handwritten letter #Ahhh 😎 📨 When’s the last time you put ink to paper? Back in the 19th century...
01/15/2020

The feel of receiving a handwritten letter #Ahhh 😎 📨 When’s the last time you put ink to paper? Back in the 19th century, formal stationary was the only way to go!

This twin bedroom located inside the #FallonHouse featured an in-room furnace (a luxury in the 19th century!), solid woo...
01/09/2020

This twin bedroom located inside the #FallonHouse featured an in-room furnace (a luxury in the 19th century!), solid wood bed frames, a desk, and a rocking horse for the children to entertain themselves with. Simple designs of yesteryear! The yellow/gold hue was typical of candlelight or early forms of lightbulbs. #History

Is it too early to call our Niners team historic? They have one of the sweetest houses in San Jose (👋🏻 @levisstadium), b...
01/04/2020

Is it too early to call our Niners team historic? They have one of the sweetest houses in San Jose (👋🏻 @levisstadium), but we run tours of the oldest! Hit the link in bio for tix to our tours at noon & 2 of the #PeraltaAdobe and #FallonHouse, then enjoy the games at one of the many fine restaurants and bars in downtown. Now THAT’S a historic Saturday for the books! Happy #PlayoffSzn and go team!

Ah, fresh air! Come on over and enjoy a Saturday tour of the historic #FallonHouse - we’ll tell you all about what makes...
01/03/2020

Ah, fresh air! Come on over and enjoy a Saturday tour of the historic #FallonHouse - we’ll tell you all about what makes this landmark a special place in the heart of downtown #SanJose. Hit the link in our bio for tickets and times! 🌺🌳 🏡

My face to the haters in 2020. #NewYearNewMe #OldSchoolTough #FallonHouse
01/02/2020

My face to the haters in 2020. #NewYearNewMe #OldSchoolTough #FallonHouse

Past meets present. 🎉 ⏰ #HappyNewYear
12/31/2019

Past meets present. 🎉 ⏰ #HappyNewYear

Look closely at this #FallonHouse guest bedroom to appreciate modern plumbing! #riseandshine
12/30/2019

Look closely at this #FallonHouse guest bedroom to appreciate modern plumbing! #riseandshine

We’ve come a long way
12/23/2019

We’ve come a long way

Peeking outside like...is it really the weekend? Indeed it is! After recharging, come on out to @spsmarket tomorrow for ...
12/21/2019

Peeking outside like...is it really the weekend? Indeed it is! After recharging, come on out to @spsmarket tomorrow for a drink at @threesisterssj and a tour of the OLDEST structures in San Jose, the Fallon House and Peralta Adobe! Limited spots are available for our noon and 2 pm tours. Grab your tickets via the link in our bio for an awesome guided tour of SJ history!

12/18/2019

Keep climbing! #Wednesdays

12/18/2019

Keep climbing! #Wednesdays

12/18/2019

Keep climbing! #Wednesdays

This bedding in the kids’ room 💤😍 #FallonHouse #Style
12/14/2019

This bedding in the kids’ room 💤😍 #FallonHouse #Style

Last chance to shop our vintage sale TODAY at the Empire Firehouse in History Park, 11-4. CASH ONLY. Lots of clothing, l...
12/14/2019

Last chance to shop our vintage sale TODAY at the Empire Firehouse in History Park, 11-4. CASH ONLY. Lots of clothing, linens, baby gowns wedding gowns and more, priced to go. See you there!!

In memory of Captain Thomas Fallon and his wife, Carmel Fallon - original occupants of what was once known as “the prett...
12/12/2019

In memory of Captain Thomas Fallon and his wife, Carmel Fallon - original occupants of what was once known as “the prettiest house in San Jose.” 🏡 💁🏽‍♀️ This couple has QUITE the story, and we’re looking forward to sharing tidbits from it with you! #spillthetea #fallonhouse

What’s cooking, good looking? This setup from the #FallonHouse kitchen was used to make sure Carmel Fallon, her husband ...
12/11/2019

What’s cooking, good looking? This setup from the #FallonHouse kitchen was used to make sure Carmel Fallon, her husband Captain Thomas Fallon, and their three kids - aka the @threesisterssj - all had their share of carbs in the 1800s! 🍞🥘

Did you know we have two historic gems right next to the bustling San Pedro Square Market Bar?The Fallon House and Peral...
12/05/2019
Peralta Adobe & Fallon House Historic Site Tour

Did you know we have two historic gems right next to the bustling San Pedro Square Market Bar?

The Fallon House and Peralta Adobe have graciously opened their doors for guided tours every Saturday at noon and 2 p.m. for just $5. What a great way to get a pinch of history of #SanJose! Get your tickets today!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peralta-adobe-fallon-house-historic-site-tour-tickets-77240593695

#SanJoseHistory #SanJoseEvents #ThingsToDoSanJose #SanJoseMuseum #SanJoseArt #BayArea #BayAreaHistory #BayAreaEvents #SiliconValley #SiliconValleyHistory #SiliconValleyEvents

History San José and San Pedro Square Market are excited to welcome you to the Peralta Adobe & Fallon House, an historic treasure in the heart of our modern city. We're pleased to have you and hope you'll accompany us on a guided journey back in time to experience San José before cars, computers a...

We're launching new tours of the Peralta Adobe and Thomas Fallon House starting November 2nd in partnership with the San...
10/10/2019

We're launching new tours of the Peralta Adobe and Thomas Fallon House starting November 2nd in partnership with the San Pedro Market. Get a #tbt sneak peak with this KTEH Classic Clip from 1981 http://ow.ly/RoZs50wGJ82. Tix at the market or Eventbrite.

We're having a Warehouse Sale TODAY & TOMORROW at History Park:  Lots of vintage clothing, tools, dolls, and more.   All...
09/21/2019

We're having a Warehouse Sale TODAY & TOMORROW at History Park: Lots of vintage clothing, tools, dolls, and more. All proceeds go towards management of the HSJ Collection. Saturday 9-3, Sunday 11-4.

We're having a Warehouse Sale SATURDAY & SUNDAY at History Park.  We've got bodices & birdcages, dishes & dolls, lantern...
09/20/2019

We're having a Warehouse Sale SATURDAY & SUNDAY at History Park. We've got bodices & birdcages, dishes & dolls, lanterns & lots more. All proceeds go towards management of the HSJ Collection. Saturday 9-3 http://ow.ly/2vz050wf48C and Sunday 11-4 http://ow.ly/5pJs50wf48y

We're having a Warehouse Sale Sept. 21 & 22 at History Park. We've got vintage fashion catalogs, petticoats, dresses, to...
09/19/2019

We're having a Warehouse Sale Sept. 21 & 22 at History Park. We've got vintage fashion catalogs, petticoats, dresses, tools, and other treasures. All proceeds go towards management of the HSJ Collection. Saturday 9-3, Sunday 11-4 as part of Antique Autos http://ow.ly/YgHT50wf14n

We're having a Warehouse Sale Sept. 21  & 22 at History Park.  We've got shoes, buttons, beads, lace, lanterns, and othe...
09/18/2019

We're having a Warehouse Sale Sept. 21 & 22 at History Park. We've got shoes, buttons, beads, lace, lanterns, and other vintage treasures. All proceeds go towards management of the HSJ Collection. Saturday 9-3, Sunday 11-4 as part of Antique Autos http://historysanjose.org/wp/event/antique-autos-in-history-park/

Insulators!  We're having a Warehouse Sale September 21 (9-3) & 22  (11-4) at History Park.  Yes, we've got insulators, ...
09/13/2019

Insulators! We're having a Warehouse Sale September 21 (9-3) & 22 (11-4) at History Park. Yes, we've got insulators, bodices, dresses, coats, dolls, tools, and a whole lot more!
http://ow.ly/BuX250w7IEr All proceeds go towards management of the HSJ Collection.

There are a lot of unusual artifacts in the collection at  #HistorySanJose including this cast iron ice shaver from the ...
09/11/2019

There are a lot of unusual artifacts in the collection at #HistorySanJose including this cast iron ice shaver from the Lew Bohnett Collection that was restored by our volunteers who work in the Restoration Shop.

For #FashionFriday, here is a pigeon-front bodice from 1905-1910 in green silk faille with flocked chenille pussy-willow...
09/06/2019

For #FashionFriday, here is a pigeon-front bodice from 1905-1910 in green silk faille with flocked chenille pussy-willows.

There are a lot of unusual artifacts in the collection at  #HistorySanJose including this decorative crab from Lou's Vil...
09/04/2019

There are a lot of unusual artifacts in the collection at #HistorySanJose including this decorative crab from Lou's Village. Who remembers Lou's Village? Who remembers this crab?

For #FashionFriday, here is a lorgnette which is a pair of spectacles or opera glasses held to the eyes with a handle.  ...
08/30/2019

For #FashionFriday, here is a lorgnette which is a pair of spectacles or opera glasses held to the eyes with a handle. These are from the 1950s.

There are a lot of unusual artifacts in the collection at  #HistorySanJose including this vintage ashtray from Hotel Sai...
08/28/2019

There are a lot of unusual artifacts in the collection at #HistorySanJose including this vintage ashtray from Hotel Sainte Claire in San Jose.

For #FashionFriday, here is a fuschia and black felt hat made by "Petrushka San Francisco" that looks good from all side...
08/23/2019

For #FashionFriday, here is a fuschia and black felt hat made by "Petrushka San Francisco" that looks good from all sides. It was donated to History San Jose in 2018 by Carol Perez.

Check out today's "Overlooked No More" obituary in the New York Times today for Lau Sing Kee, the first Chinese-American...
08/22/2019
Overlooked No More: Lau Sing Kee, War Hero Jailed for Helping Immigrants

Check out today's "Overlooked No More" obituary in the New York Times today for Lau Sing Kee, the first Chinese-American to win a U.S. combat medal, and a former resident of San Jose. Images from History San Jose's collection. https://nyti.ms/2TRl4dA

Kee was awarded for his bravery in World War I, but later became a convicted criminal when he skirted discriminatory laws to help immigrants move to America from China.

There are a lot of unusual artifacts in the collection at  #HistorySanJose including this washboard which was played wit...
08/21/2019

There are a lot of unusual artifacts in the collection at #HistorySanJose including this washboard which was played with the thimble-tipped gloves at Burning Man in the 1990s by the donor Kathleen Cutler's mother Claire Zanger Tearse.

For #FashionFriday, we've got these suede and leather spectator pumps from the 1910s--a recent gift to History San Jose ...
08/16/2019

For #FashionFriday, we've got these suede and leather spectator pumps from the 1910s--a recent gift to History San Jose by Walter and Candice Kosich.

There are a lot of unusual artifacts in the collection at  #HistorySanJose including The Beverly Hillbillies Card Game b...
08/14/2019

There are a lot of unusual artifacts in the collection at #HistorySanJose including The Beverly Hillbillies Card Game by Milton Bradley. Y'all come back now ya hear! #WeirdWednesday

#spiritof45 is today at History Park! Come celebrate #dd75. This "letter on a record" in HSJ's collection was sent from ...
08/10/2019

#spiritof45 is today at History Park! Come celebrate #dd75. This "letter on a record" in HSJ's collection was sent from San Jose resident Lawrence E. Flores while serving in the Navy in WWII. You can listen to it at the Internet Archive. #historysanjose http://ow.ly/inb950vsnrN

In honor of the #Spiritof45bayarea event happening tonight and tomorrow at History Park, our #FashionFriday selection is...
08/09/2019

In honor of the #Spiritof45bayarea event happening tonight and tomorrow at History Park, our #FashionFriday selection is a United States Naval Reserve--better known as the W.A.V.E.S. of the Navy--service cap worn by Carolyn Ramstad (nee Leland) during WW II. https://www.facebook.com/BayAreaSpiritof45/

Don't forget #spiritof45 this weekend at History Park, celebrating #dd75 and the beginning of the end of WWII. For #tbt,...
08/08/2019

Don't forget #spiritof45 this weekend at History Park, celebrating #dd75 and the beginning of the end of WWII. For #tbt, here's the front page from the San Jose Evening News for June 6, 1944. More info on event at http://ow.ly/LTC950vsn0K #wwii #historysanjose

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1650 Senter Rd
San Jose, CA
95112

Bus 73 North or South from major transit centers

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Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30
Saturday 08:00 - 16:30
Sunday 08:00 - 16:30

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