History San José

History San José History San José preserves and enriches the cultural heritage of San José and the Santa Clara Valley.

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.

A fun day that is also a Sunday at the park ☀
04/28/2019

A fun day that is also a Sunday at the park ☀

Waiting for direction

You might have seen the SJZ Boon Box rolling through town. You'll find it where at the intersection of local music and a...
04/28/2019

You might have seen the SJZ Boon Box rolling through town. You'll find it where at the intersection of local music and art in San José!
Remember to support San Jose Jazz on their tour and at History Park this summer!

SJZ is proud to announce our new initiative "Do You Know San Jose?" It’s a FREE! ALL ages! touring concert series that explores San Jose’s neighborhoods, shines light on local culture as well as international talent, offering a new and unique experience each time.
We hope you're ready because we're kicking off THIS WEEKEND with two BIG events! Don't miss out! Look for the GIANT BOOMBOX.

Event info:
4/6: BIGYUKI at Japantown Immersive 2019 - https://taiko.org/japantownimmersive

4/7: San Jose Day @ Gordon Biersch - www.bayareacreativesklub.com/san-jose-day

To keep up, please follow DYKSJ on IG: www.instagram.com/doyouknowsj/

📽️ Just in case you aren't able to join us Friday, May 10, for Moonrise Kingdom, here is our monthly line up! Be su...
04/26/2019

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Just in case you aren't able to join us Friday, May 10, for Moonrise Kingdom, here is our monthly line up!

Be sure to plan accordingly and catch your next favorite Flicks and Grooves.
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#flicksandgrooves #historypark #sanjose #eastsanjose #dtsj #siliconvalley #movies #summer #summerfun #summer2019 #history #music #entertainment #foodtrucks #wesanderson #quirky #Oscar #oscarnominated #cinema y @ History Park Flicks & Grooves at History Park

What's this? Free goodies when you RSVP to the free 2019 S.F. Bay Area Printers' Fair and Wayzgoose???Don't forget that ...
04/25/2019

What's this? Free goodies when you RSVP to the free 2019 S.F. Bay Area Printers' Fair and Wayzgoose???
Don't forget that it's this Saturday at History Park!

Are you ready for the SF Bay Area Printers' Fair and Wayzgoose? We are! Thanks for asking

Attendees:
RSVP free online to attend the fair. When you check in at the event you will receive a letterpress printed souvenir postcard! RSVP here:
https://bayareaprintersfairandwayzgoose.eventbrite.com

Exhibitors:
Registration Priority Deadline is March 31
Register now to exhibit:
https://wayzgoose-exhibitor.eventbrite.com/

We currently have 40+ exhibitors committed, so this will be our biggest event yet!

When members of the Printers' Guild prepare for this year's Fair, they will be thinking of their departed friend Willys Peck. He was a longtime journalist at the San Jose Mercury News; in the old newspaper days, he recalled, when a huge news story required a huge headline, the editor would exclaim "Break out the wood type!"
The Wayzgoose this year will feature a silent auction offering two fonts of vintage wood type from Willys' shop, suitable for those times when ordinary-sized metal type is not big enough to express the occasion. Such fonts of large wooden letters are very collectible now, and bidding is expected to be brisk. Proceeds will benefit Willys' wife.

A quirky comedy/drama/romance about young love in the 1960s: Moonrise Kingdom. Playing on May 10, at 7:30 pm in History ...
04/24/2019

A quirky comedy/drama/romance about young love in the 1960s: Moonrise Kingdom. Playing on May 10, at 7:30 pm in History Park San José. Cost: $5.00. More in info and tickets at Flicks & Grooves at History Park Join us!
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#flicksandgrooves #historypark #sanjose #eastsanjose #dtsj #siliconvalley #movies #summer #summerfun #summer2019 #history #music #entertainment #foodtrucks #wesanderson #quirky #Oscar #oscarnominated #cinema

Did you go running last weekend? Was it Easter-themed? Was it, perhaps around last Saturday at History Park?If so, you m...
04/24/2019

Did you go running last weekend? Was it Easter-themed? Was it, perhaps around last Saturday at History Park?

If so, you may be "bitten" with joy from these frighteningly adorable, little peeps!

Saying Happy Easter to all our Zombie Peeps!

#SJZombieRun #5kZombie

04/23/2019
Letterpress Poster Printing - Bay Area Printers' Fair & Wayzgoose 2018

Here's a video of a local printer using the printing press to create posters.

Come, one and all! Children and adults, book geeks, fiber artists, and lovers of letter art!

For the 2019 S.F. Bay Area Printers' Fair and Wayzgoose at History Park, we will open doors at the Bank of Italy building (replica) next to the Pacific Hotel. See what it was like to visit San José's first Bank of America!

Printing a letterpress poster for the 2018 Bay Area Printers' Fair & Wayzgoose, on the 1920s Hacker Test Press. See: http://www.sjprintersguild.com The 2019 ...

Excited to share that on Friday, May 10, Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile will be providing delicious authentic Mexican flavors du...
04/22/2019

Excited to share that on Friday, May 10, Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile will be providing delicious authentic Mexican flavors during the viewing of Moonrise Kingdom Flicks & Grooves at History Park Join Us! Tickets only $5
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#flicksandgrooves #historypark #sanjose #eastsanjose #dtsj #siliconvalley #movies #summer #summerfun #summer2019 #history #music #entertainment #foodtrucks #wesanderson #quirky #Oscar #oscarnominated #cinema

On Friday, May 10, we will be featuring Moonrise Kingdom at our outdoor cinema. Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/...
04/19/2019

On Friday, May 10, we will be featuring Moonrise Kingdom at our outdoor cinema. Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flicks-and-grooves-a-summertime-film-music-series-tickets-60086793216

This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy. In 2016, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) included the film in its list of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century! There will be great food, and a variety of local brews on site. This is definetly a film you do not want to miss! Mark your calendars. #flicksandgrooves #historypark #sanjose #eastsanjose #dtsj #siliconvalley #movies #summer #summerfun #summer2019 #history #music #entertainment #foodtrucks #wesanderson #quirky #Oscar #oscarnominated #cinema

04/18/2019

Closure update: History Park and galleries will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 21. Still looking to "get your steps in" this weekend? See the trees in spring bloom on the surrounding paths at Kelley Park! You'll find announcements from San José Parks & Rec at the Leininger Center.

This just in: Findings published by Stanford Heritage Services about Chinese American history in the Bay AreaThanks to o...
04/16/2019
Uncovering the lives of Chinese workers who built Stanford | Stanford News

This just in: Findings published by Stanford Heritage Services about Chinese American history in the Bay Area
Thanks to our partners at the Chinese American Historical Museum for the link! #ChineseAmericans #cahm #historymatters #yayarea
https://news.stanford.edu/2019/04/11/uncovering-lives-chinese-workers-built-stanford/

In a new spring course, students are excavating the location of the former living quarters of Chinese workers who helped build Stanford.

We take site reservations for engagement photos, photo shoots, weddings, and family events tailored to your needs. Get t...
04/16/2019

We take site reservations for engagement photos, photo shoots, weddings, and family events tailored to your needs. Get that classic, old-timey San José look and feel at History Park! #vintagephotos #sanjose #historypark #valleyofheartsdelight #obriensicecream

This year's outdoor cinema line up will showcase the quirky genius of director Wes Anderson on the second Friday of ever...
04/15/2019

This year's outdoor cinema line up will showcase the quirky genius of director Wes Anderson on the second Friday of every month. Flicks & Grooves at History Park

The beautiful and relaxing Fire House Green inside History Park will serve as a perfect backdrop for the unorthodox filmmaker's cinematic gems including Rushmore, The Life Aquatic, and The Royal Tenenbaums to name just a few.

Bring the whole family down to our outdoor cinema which is debuting in May and running through October 2019. Oscar nominated Wes Anderson's films are bonafide cult classics that you do not want to miss!

#flicksandgrooves #historypark #sanjose #eastsanjose #dtsj #siliconvalley #movies #summer #summerfun #summer2019 #history #music #entertainment #foodtrucks #wesanderson #quirky #Oscar #oscarnominated #cinema

History San José invites you to enjoy great movies and music under the stars during the Flicks & Grooves outdoor cinema...
04/13/2019

History San José invites you to enjoy great movies and music under the stars during the Flicks & Grooves outdoor cinema and concert series at History Park.

The Flicks & Grooves at History Park series will feature an outdoor cinema on the second Friday of each month, and a concert on the last Friday of each month debuting in May and running through October 2019.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details on the entire series.

#flicksandgrooves #historypark #sanjose #eastsanjose #dtsj #siliconvalley #movies #summer #summerfun #summer2019 #history #music #entertainment #foodtrucks #food

Newsom Declares April 10 'Dolores Huerta Day' in California
04/11/2019
Newsom Declares April 10 'Dolores Huerta Day' in California

Newsom Declares April 10 'Dolores Huerta Day' in California

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday issued a proclamation designating April 10 as Dolores Huerta Day. The California governor honored the Mexican-American social activist in a statement, praising her pursuit...

04/11/2019

We want your input!

We just met with a local coffee vendor to discuss the potential of O'Brien's Ice Cream & Candy Parlor.

With History Park being the destination of over 30 annual, homegrown events, dozens of dogs walking happily, and hundreds of humans out for a stroll, this idea sounds like a no-brainer!

How often would you visit History Park THIS year if we offer fresh, premium coffee, and snacks to go with it?

Cheers to all with a love for sharing the culture and history of our valley. San Jose Councilmember Maya Esparza we are ...
04/05/2019

Cheers to all with a love for sharing the culture and history of our valley. San Jose Councilmember Maya Esparza we are glad you visited our Collections Department to see what we do here at History San José!

Historian David McCullough said ‪“History is who we are, and why we are the way we are.”

Thank you to History San José for the tour today! Loved learning more about how we preserve our local history.

Greetings everyone! We've had a really good turnout last weekend for a cleanup day at History park!Facilities Manager, R...
03/29/2019

Greetings everyone! We've had a really good turnout last weekend for a cleanup day at History park!

Facilities Manager, Roger Lundgren, coordinated this effort with over 30 volunteers from WestGate Church Saratoga Campus .

They helped to restore charm to the trolley barn with vacuuming, raking, and window cleaning, with trolley volunteers Eric Butler and Bob Schneider.

Tony Ornellas directed the cleaning of debris in the back parking lot, tidying up the Schmahl science garden, and distribution of wood chips feed the plants and trees here at the park.

Thanks for your dedicated support and care so that everyone can enjoy this gem of a park!

Cleanup days with volunteer organizations

How are we addressing, including, and embracing intersectionality in the museum world? Let's talk about it!Here's an art...
03/28/2019
Introducing TrendsWatch 2019

How are we addressing, including, and embracing intersectionality in the museum world? Let's talk about it!

Here's an article and video from the American Alliance of Museums:

https://www.aam-us.org/2019/03/20/introducing-trendswatch-2019/

The Alliance’s annual forecasting report is now available! The new edition of TrendsWatch explores truth and trust, decolonization, blockchain, homelessness and housing insecurity, and self-care. V…

03/22/2019

Rise and shine! It's the Local History Book Sale: Vintage Mercury News volumes and books. Come and get your share of San Jose history!

9 a.m. this Saturday, a fundraiser for Preservation Action Council of San Jose

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03/16/2019

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Were you ever curious to see fine art in our museum collection? "A Collector's Passion: 100 Years of Paintings" opens Ma...
03/08/2019

Were you ever curious to see fine art in our museum collection?
"A Collector's Passion: 100 Years of Paintings" opens March 16!
Visit the Leonard & David McKay Gallery weekends March-December 2019 at #historypark
Image: "Buffalo Crossing," Andrew P. Hill http://ow.ly/X9Vz30nXWXp

03/01/2019

"March" in to festival season with us at History Park! What's happening next?

🇵🇹 The Portuguese Historical Society hosts an open house on March 16 for Portuguese Immigrant Week
☮️ The 35th Annual VW Car Show rolls through the park for all to see on April 14.
⚙️ Marvel at old-fashioned printing presses at the 2019 S.F. Bay Area Printers' Fair and Wayzgoose on April 27
📽️ History Park Concert & Cinema Series illuminates the park from May to October.

We've got a lot in store for you!

We had some visitors today who wanted to see the Bank of Italy!The the one with the Hoodie is a huge fan of A. P. Gianni...
03/01/2019

We had some visitors today who wanted to see the Bank of Italy!

The the one with the Hoodie is a huge fan of A. P. Giannini, so they asked to have a look around. Can anyone name this YouTube celebrity? @ History San José

John Carlos and Tommie Smith, Speed City, 1968Photo by Jeff Kroot, History San José Collectionhttp://ow.ly/MiI230nSq2m
02/28/2019

John Carlos and Tommie Smith, Speed City, 1968
Photo by Jeff Kroot, History San José Collection
http://ow.ly/MiI230nSq2m

A powerhouse of historical and contemporary resourcesOcie Tinsley, Jan Batiste Adkins, and Kathleen Cotton
02/24/2019

A powerhouse of historical and contemporary resources
Ocie Tinsley, Jan Batiste Adkins, and Kathleen Cotton

1976 Olympic 4x100 meter relay team (Montreal, Canada)History San José Collection: Chris Morrisey and Millard Hampton T...
02/20/2019

1976 Olympic 4x100 meter relay team (Montreal, Canada)
History San José Collection: Chris Morrisey and Millard Hampton Track Photographs

To learn more about Olympic athlete Millard Hampton, visit: http://ow.ly/LS4f30nM5zz
Photo record: http://ow.ly/xQc030nM5Dz
#AfricanAmericans #SanJose #SpeedCity #Olympics

Happy #humpday!🌈 Friendly reminder to treat yourself to a walk in the sunshine whenever you can! We saw so many smili...
02/20/2019

Happy #humpday!
🌈 Friendly reminder to treat yourself to a walk in the sunshine whenever you can!

We saw so many smiling faces last weekend at the Chinese American Historical Museum's #yearofthepig2019 festival at the park. Thanks to all for your support of this annual community event!

Since they ran out of chocolate fudge this week, Treat brought us an extra helping of their seasonal Raspberry Truffle ice cream. Get it here before it's gone!
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O'Brien's at #HistoryPark is open on weekends, serving delicious, locally made confections from Treat Ice Cream Co. in San José.

Pictured: back trail at Kelley Park, a photoshoot of women wearing áo dài, and the Treat delivery truck @ Kelley Park - History San Jose Area

This Thursday with Preservation Action Council of San Jose
02/18/2019

This Thursday with Preservation Action Council of San Jose

Community meeting for landmark project of San Jose Light Tower Corporation (SJLTC)

Meeting will focus on plans to design and construct an artistic, iconic landmark in downtown San Jose, as a gift to the City of San Jose. The meeting will include a presentation, from the Light Tower team.

Open to the public. Members of the media, check-in at the lobby.

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Where: Corinthian Grand Ballroom, 196 North Third Street, San Jose

#pacsj @sanjoselighttower History San José #sanjoselighttower

02/18/2019

Feb 23: Jan Batiste Adkins will be our guest thanks to the African American Heritage House at #historypark. Her new book, African Americans of San José and Santa Clara County, is the third publication from her research in the Bay Area. This event is free and open to the public.

🐖 We had a wonderful celebration in the Year of the Pig with calligraphy, lion dances, a parade in the park, children...
02/18/2019

🐖 We had a wonderful celebration in the Year of the Pig with calligraphy, lion dances, a parade in the park, children's crafts, and tours of the Chinese American Historical Museum. 🐉
Visit History Park throughout the year for more festivals, activities, speakers, music, movie nights, and more!
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Performances are on and the trolley is running! 🐲
02/17/2019

Performances are on and the trolley is running! 🐲

"Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black Power" is now up at Intel ! Check out this pop-up exhibit about #SJSU Olympic at...
02/14/2019

"Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black Power" is now up at Intel ! Check out this pop-up exhibit about #SJSU Olympic athletes and their role in this pivotal movement in history #blackhistorymonth #civilrights #blackpower

Did you know that our collections include artifacts and archives from the #1968Olympics? Here's a process shot of our Ex...
02/14/2019

Did you know that our collections include artifacts and archives from the #1968Olympics? Here's a process shot of our Exhibit Coordinator installing the new pop-up exhibit at Intel (local). Visit and learn more about #SJSU Olympiads Tommie Smith and John Carlos! #blackhistorymonth #civilrights #sanjose

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02/08/2019

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Happy New Year 🐗 celebrating the Year of the Boar! Photo: Chinese New Year Parade at Valley Fair Shopping Mall, Feb 2...
02/06/2019

Happy New Year 🐗 celebrating the Year of the Boar! Photo: Chinese New Year Parade at Valley Fair Shopping Mall, Feb 2, 1973 (Year of the Ox 🐂). Image from the Shirlie Montgomery Collection. #chinesenewyear #lunarnewyear #sanjose #valleyfairmall http://ow.ly/erIF30nBFhe

Amidst gloomy days and rain, a beautiful double rainbow appeared in History Park today. Wanted to share to put a smile o...
02/05/2019

Amidst gloomy days and rain, a beautiful double rainbow appeared in History Park today. Wanted to share to put a smile on everyone's face! (Photo and caption courtesy of Barbara Johnson) #doublerainbow #historypark #sanjose #valleyofheartsdelight

Address

1650 Senter Rd
San Jose, CA
95112

Bus 73 North or South from major transit centers

General information

To submit research questions, please send an email to "[email protected]".

Opening Hours

Monday 12:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 12:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 12:00 - 16:30
Thursday 12:00 - 16:30
Friday 12:00 - 16:30
Saturday 11:00 - 16:30
Sunday 11:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(408) 287-2290

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