History San Jose

History San Jose History San Jose preserves and enriches the cultural heritage of San Jose 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.
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#DidYouKnow that Mexicans in California celebrated Cinco de Mayo because they were pro-Union during the Civil War? With ...
05/05/2021

#DidYouKnow that Mexicans in California celebrated Cinco de Mayo because they were pro-Union during the Civil War? With the defeat of the French army in the Battle of Puebla, Mexicans in California hoped that the French, who were pro-Confederacy, would step away from American affairs. Their hopes were answered and the Civil War ended in 1865.

#DidYouKnow that Mexicans in California celebrated Cinco de Mayo because they were pro-Union during the Civil War? With the defeat of the French army in the Battle of Puebla, Mexicans in California hoped that the French, who were pro-Confederacy, would step away from American affairs. Their hopes were answered and the Civil War ended in 1865.

Throughout the month of May, History San José will honor and celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander locals and th...
05/01/2021

Throughout the month of May, History San José will honor and celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander locals and the contributions they have made to the region and the world. Follow us to learn some interesting history. #APAHeritageMonth #localpride

Throughout the month of May, History San José will honor and celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander locals and the contributions they have made to the region and the world. Follow us to learn some interesting history. #APAHeritageMonth #localpride

Today is the San Jose Earthquakes first home game of the season!  Let's wish them good luck by showing a ball from the 2...
04/24/2021

Today is the San Jose Earthquakes first home game of the season! Let's wish them good luck by showing a ball from the 2001 Major League Soccer Championship match when the Quakes beat the Galaxy 2-1 to earn their first league championship. C'mon You Quakes!

Today is the San Jose Earthquakes first home game of the season! Let's wish them good luck by showing a ball from the 2001 Major League Soccer Championship match when the Quakes beat the Galaxy 2-1 to earn their first league championship. C'mon You Quakes!

Luisa Moreno. Blanca Sanchez. Rita Medina. Sofia Mendoza. They all organized and supported farmworkers in the 20th centu...
04/23/2021

Luisa Moreno. Blanca Sanchez. Rita Medina. Sofia Mendoza. They all organized and supported farmworkers in the 20th century. Come listen to @larazahs & History San Jose on Sat. May 1 @ 1:00 pm as we showcase these rarely told stories of the American labor movement.

Luisa Moreno. Blanca Sanchez. Rita Medina. Sofia Mendoza. They all organized and supported farmworkers in the 20th century. Come listen to @larazahs & History San Jose on Sat. May 1 @ 1:00 pm as we showcase these rarely told stories of the American labor movement.

This photograph from HSJ's collection captured 2-year-old Rosalie Stanson as she examined the huge 1992 Mother Earth dis...
04/22/2021

This photograph from HSJ's collection captured 2-year-old Rosalie Stanson as she examined the huge 1992 Mother Earth display at Palo Alto's Earth Day celebration. People were encouraged to leave a message. This #EarthDay, what would you write?

This photograph from HSJ's collection captured 2-year-old Rosalie Stanson as she examined the huge 1992 Mother Earth display at Palo Alto's Earth Day celebration. People were encouraged to leave a message. This #EarthDay, what would you write?

Here are a pair of pineapple shaped ceramic salt and pepper shakers (courtesy of Grace Lothman in 1968) to celebrate Nat...
04/20/2021

Here are a pair of pineapple shaped ceramic salt and pepper shakers (courtesy of Grace Lothman in 1968) to celebrate National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day. Is there a more fun cake to make?

Here are a pair of pineapple shaped ceramic salt and pepper shakers (courtesy of Grace Lothman in 1968) to celebrate National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day. Is there a more fun cake to make?

Do you follow a favorite newspaper columnist? It's #NationalColumnistsDay! HSJ's collection includes many long-time Merc...
04/18/2021

Do you follow a favorite newspaper columnist? It's #NationalColumnistsDay! HSJ's collection includes many long-time Mercury News journalists' clippings, research notes, photos & other paraphernalia, including this Royal Arrow typewriter used by columnist Leigh Weimers.

Do you follow a favorite newspaper columnist? It's #NationalColumnistsDay! HSJ's collection includes many long-time Mercury News journalists' clippings, research notes, photos & other paraphernalia, including this Royal Arrow typewriter used by columnist Leigh Weimers.

Let's celebrate History Park on National Haiku Day!  Historic houses Beautiful blossoms and beeSatisfying stroll
04/17/2021

Let's celebrate History Park on National Haiku Day!
Historic houses
Beautiful blossoms and bee
Satisfying stroll

Let's celebrate History Park on National Haiku Day!
Historic houses
Beautiful blossoms and bee
Satisfying stroll

The abacus is a calculating machine that has been used for centuries. Do you know how to use one? On #NationalBeanCounte...
04/16/2021

The abacus is a calculating machine that has been used for centuries. Do you know how to use one? On #NationalBeanCountersDay we're featuring this abacus from HSJ's collection, used by Fong Yin Yee of Canton, China, who brought it with him to San Francisco in 1918.

The abacus is a calculating machine that has been used for centuries. Do you know how to use one? On #NationalBeanCountersDay we're featuring this abacus from HSJ's collection, used by Fong Yin Yee of Canton, China, who brought it with him to San Francisco in 1918.

After Abraham Lincoln's 4/15/1865 assassination, his body travelled by train through multiple cities to Springfield, Ill...
04/15/2021

After Abraham Lincoln's 4/15/1865 assassination, his body travelled by train through multiple cities to Springfield, Ill. This rosette featuring Lincoln's portrait was a gift to the original San Jose Historical Museum, and was likely worn during the funeral procession in Chicago.

After Abraham Lincoln's 4/15/1865 assassination, his body travelled by train through multiple cities to Springfield, Ill. This rosette featuring Lincoln's portrait was a gift to the original San Jose Historical Museum, and was likely worn during the funeral procession in Chicago.

Today is #NationalGardeningDay. To celebrate, participate in History San Jose's adopt-a-sunflower program: https://histo...
04/14/2021

Today is #NationalGardeningDay. To celebrate, participate in History San Jose's adopt-a-sunflower program: https://historysanjose.checkfront.com/reserve/?preview=1&item_id=71. Sunflowers are $5 each and you will get to personalize a nametag for your flower, which you will be able to visit all summer long!

Today is #NationalGardeningDay. To celebrate, participate in History San Jose's adopt-a-sunflower program: https://historysanjose.checkfront.com/reserve/?preview=1&item_id=71. Sunflowers are $5 each and you will get to personalize a nametag for your flower, which you will be able to visit all summer long!

Have a virtual visit of History Park's print shop on Saturday, April 17th at 1:00. Jim Gard from the San Jose Printers' ...
04/13/2021

Have a virtual visit of History Park's print shop on Saturday, April 17th at 1:00. Jim Gard from the San Jose Printers' Guild will cover typesetting, locking up a form, and inking and printing the work. Sign-up here: historysanjose.checkfront.com/reserve/?preview=1&item_id=72 @jim.gard @sjprintersguild #letterpress #letterpresslove #moveabletype #platenpress #sjprintersguild #historysanjose

Have a virtual visit of History Park's print shop on Saturday, April 17th at 1:00. Jim Gard from the San Jose Printers' Guild will cover typesetting, locking up a form, and inking and printing the work. Sign-up here: historysanjose.checkfront.com/reserve/?preview=1&item_id=72 @jim.gard @sjprintersguild #letterpress #letterpresslove #moveabletype #platenpress #sjprintersguild #historysanjose

To all San Joseans who celebrate #Ramadan, History San José wishes you a month filled with peace, harmony and joy.
04/13/2021

To all San Joseans who celebrate #Ramadan, History San José wishes you a month filled with peace, harmony and joy.

To all San Joseans who celebrate #Ramadan, History San José wishes you a month filled with peace, harmony and joy.

The grilled cheese sandwich has come a long way since the 1940s when this chrome-plated sandwich press from the HSJ coll...
04/12/2021

The grilled cheese sandwich has come a long way since the 1940s when this chrome-plated sandwich press from the HSJ collection would have been used. Share your favorite variation on this classic for #GrilledCheeseSandwichDay.

The grilled cheese sandwich has come a long way since the 1940s when this chrome-plated sandwich press from the HSJ collection would have been used. Share your favorite variation on this classic for #GrilledCheeseSandwichDay.

Are you one of many who adopted a new pet during the past year? Do you volunteer at an animal shelter? Today's the day w...
04/11/2021

Are you one of many who adopted a new pet during the past year? Do you volunteer at an animal shelter? Today's the day we show our furry (or not-so-furry) friends some extra love & care on #NationalPetDay. (Child w/dog c. 1940s, History San Jose Collection)

Are you one of many who adopted a new pet during the past year? Do you volunteer at an animal shelter? Today's the day we show our furry (or not-so-furry) friends some extra love & care on #NationalPetDay. (Child w/dog c. 1940s, History San Jose Collection)

Did you know it's #NationalSiblingsDay today? HSJ's collection includes many images of families through the decades, inc...
04/10/2021

Did you know it's #NationalSiblingsDay today? HSJ's collection includes many images of families through the decades, including this one of the Stumble sisters seated in a basket, circa 1945.

Did you know it's #NationalSiblingsDay today? HSJ's collection includes many images of families through the decades, including this one of the Stumble sisters seated in a basket, circa 1945.

We can explore local eateries through artifacts like this matchbook from the Koffee Kup.  What was your favorite restaur...
04/10/2021

We can explore local eateries through artifacts like this matchbook from the Koffee Kup. What was your favorite restaurant? For hints and memories, look at our other matchbooks: http://ow.ly/dJ7T50E1ytI

We can explore local eateries through artifacts like this matchbook from the Koffee Kup. What was your favorite restaurant? For hints and memories, look at our other matchbooks: http://ow.ly/dJ7T50E1ytI

Have a virtual visit of History Park's print shop on Saturday, April 17th at 1:00. Jim Gard from the San Jose Printers' ...
04/08/2021

Have a virtual visit of History Park's print shop on Saturday, April 17th at 1:00. Jim Gard from the San Jose Printers' Guild will cover typesetting, locking up a form, and inking and printing the work.

Have a virtual visit of History Park's print shop on Saturday, April 17th at 1:00. Jim Gard from the San Jose Printers' Guild will cover typesetting, locking up a form, and inking and printing the work.

Happy #NationalZooLoversDay and 60th birthday to our Kelley Park neighbors at Happy Hollow! Make sure to give Danny the ...
04/08/2021

Happy #NationalZooLoversDay and 60th birthday to our Kelley Park neighbors at Happy Hollow! Make sure to give Danny the Dragon your birthday wishes. https://happyhollow.org/ @HHPZoo (Photo c. 1967, History San Jose Collection)

Happy #NationalZooLoversDay and 60th birthday to our Kelley Park neighbors at Happy Hollow! Make sure to give Danny the Dragon your birthday wishes. https://happyhollow.org/ @HHPZoo (Photo c. 1967, History San Jose Collection)

It's National Beer Day - do you have a local favorite?  San Jose has a long history of breweries. The Fredericksburg Bre...
04/07/2021

It's National Beer Day - do you have a local favorite? San Jose has a long history of breweries. The Fredericksburg Brewery was located on The Alameda from the late 19th c (demolished in the 1960s); its beer was bottled by Charles Maurer's San Jose Bottling Co. #NationalBeerDay

It's National Beer Day - do you have a local favorite? San Jose has a long history of breweries. The Fredericksburg Brewery was located on The Alameda from the late 19th c (demolished in the 1960s); its beer was bottled by Charles Maurer's San Jose Bottling Co. #NationalBeerDay

On #NationalTartanDay we celebrate Scottish heritage in the U.S. This 1970s wool coat-dress of Chisholm hunting plaid fr...
04/06/2021

On #NationalTartanDay we celebrate Scottish heritage in the U.S. This 1970s wool coat-dress of Chisholm hunting plaid from HSJ's textile collection was made by Colette Moroni out of fabric purchased in Scotland.

On #NationalTartanDay we celebrate Scottish heritage in the U.S. This 1970s wool coat-dress of Chisholm hunting plaid from HSJ's textile collection was made by Colette Moroni out of fabric purchased in Scotland.

How many of you remember paper road maps? Back when the Valley was full of orchards, the Chamber of Commerce provided au...
04/05/2021

How many of you remember paper road maps? Back when the Valley was full of orchards, the Chamber of Commerce provided automobile route maps of "Blossom Time Tours" to view blooms at their peak. (From HSJ's postcard collection) #NationalReadARoadMapDay

How many of you remember paper road maps? Back when the Valley was full of orchards, the Chamber of Commerce provided automobile route maps of "Blossom Time Tours" to view blooms at their peak. (From HSJ's postcard collection) #NationalReadARoadMapDay

Some of you may have been around long enough to remember Norris' fabric shop that used to be at 268 S 1st St in downtown...
04/04/2021

Some of you may have been around long enough to remember Norris' fabric shop that used to be at 268 S 1st St in downtown San Jose. Their elaborate store window displays changed with the seasons - here's their 1946 Easter display "Lead the Parade." (HSJ Photograph Collection)

Some of you may have been around long enough to remember Norris' fabric shop that used to be at 268 S 1st St in downtown San Jose. Their elaborate store window displays changed with the seasons - here's their 1946 Easter display "Lead the Parade." (HSJ Photograph Collection)

This 1940s brown tweed coat and attached capelet with turkey and peacock feather trim from HSJ's textile collection cele...
04/03/2021

This 1940s brown tweed coat and attached capelet with turkey and peacock feather trim from HSJ's textile collection celebrates #NationalTweedDay with style. Do you have a favorite item of tweed clothing in your closet?

This 1940s brown tweed coat and attached capelet with turkey and peacock feather trim from HSJ's textile collection celebrates #NationalTweedDay with style. Do you have a favorite item of tweed clothing in your closet?

To celebrate National PB&J Day, here's a vintage gooseberry jelly label from HSJ's extensive collection of fruit industr...
04/02/2021

To celebrate National PB&J Day, here's a vintage gooseberry jelly label from HSJ's extensive collection of fruit industry labels. J. M. Dawson & Co. was the first cannery in San Jose, started in 1871 in their 1370 The Alameda home. #PeanutButterAndJellyDay

To celebrate National PB&J Day, here's a vintage gooseberry jelly label from HSJ's extensive collection of fruit industry labels. J. M. Dawson & Co. was the first cannery in San Jose, started in 1871 in their 1370 The Alameda home. #PeanutButterAndJellyDay

April is Garden Month and we are planting sunflowers along History Park's main entrance. Adopt a sunflower for $5 and pe...
04/01/2021

April is Garden Month and we are planting sunflowers along History Park's main entrance. Adopt a sunflower for $5 and personalize it with your own nametag. We will send you a picture on Earth Day (April 22): https://historysanjose.checkfront.com/reserve/?item_id=71

April is Garden Month and we are planting sunflowers along History Park's main entrance. Adopt a sunflower for $5 and personalize it with your own nametag. We will send you a picture on Earth Day (April 22): https://historysanjose.checkfront.com/reserve/?item_id=71

In 1949, Cesar Chavez and his new wife settled in the neighborhood of Sal Si Puedes. It is here that he began his life c...
03/31/2021

In 1949, Cesar Chavez and his new wife settled in the neighborhood of Sal Si Puedes. It is here that he began his life calling as a labor organizer and civil rights activist, fighting for an acknowledgement of farm workers' human dignity.

In 1949, Cesar Chavez and his new wife settled in the neighborhood of Sal Si Puedes. It is here that he began his life calling as a labor organizer and civil rights activist, fighting for an acknowledgement of farm workers' human dignity.

Born on August 5, 1943, Therese May earned a MFA from San Jose State University and was one of the first artists to exhi...
03/30/2021

Born on August 5, 1943, Therese May earned a MFA from San Jose State University and was one of the first artists to exhibit quilts as a fine art form. In 1969 her quilt won a prize in a mixed craft media exhibition at the Walnut Creek Civic Art Center, and she realized that a career as a fiber artist was possible. In 1997, she was described as "one of the most visible and highly regarded quilt artists for many years." Mayor Susan Hammer featured one of May's designs on her 1992 Unity Breakfast t-shirt (History San Jose Collection) #WomenOfSanJose #WomenArtists #Quilting #QuiltArt

Born on August 5, 1943, Therese May earned a MFA from San Jose State University and was one of the first artists to exhibit quilts as a fine art form. In 1969 her quilt won a prize in a mixed craft media exhibition at the Walnut Creek Civic Art Center, and she realized that a career as a fiber artist was possible. In 1997, she was described as "one of the most visible and highly regarded quilt artists for many years." Mayor Susan Hammer featured one of May's designs on her 1992 Unity Breakfast t-shirt (History San Jose Collection) #WomenOfSanJose #WomenArtists #Quilting #QuiltArt

Born 1920, Patricia Loomis graduated SJSU in 1943 with a degree in Journalism. Her 1970s-1980s "Signposts" column highli...
03/29/2021

Born 1920, Patricia Loomis graduated SJSU in 1943 with a degree in Journalism. Her 1970s-1980s "Signposts" column highlighted stories behind local street names. Loomis Lane at History Park honors her many contributions to local history. #WomenOfSanJose http://ow.ly/upD050E2DOX

Born 1920, Patricia Loomis graduated SJSU in 1943 with a degree in Journalism. Her 1970s-1980s "Signposts" column highlighted stories behind local street names. Loomis Lane at History Park honors her many contributions to local history. #WomenOfSanJose http://ow.ly/upD050E2DOX

Ever wonder how the Sunnyvale Libby’s cannery printed its labels in the 1950s? Jim Gard will walk you through the proces...
03/29/2021

Ever wonder how the Sunnyvale Libby’s cannery printed its labels in the 1950s? Jim Gard will walk you through the process on Saturday, April 17th @ 1:00 pm during our Just My Type event. Reserve your tickets today: https://historysanjose.checkfront.com/reserve/?preview=1&item_id=72

Ever wonder how the Sunnyvale Libby’s cannery printed its labels in the 1950s? Jim Gard will walk you through the process on Saturday, April 17th @ 1:00 pm during our Just My Type event. Reserve your tickets today: https://historysanjose.checkfront.com/reserve/?preview=1&item_id=72

In March 1961, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo opened its gates for the first time! History San Jose's collection includes many ...
03/28/2021

In March 1961, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo opened its gates for the first time! History San Jose's collection includes many #hhpzoo artifacts, including this opening day program. http://ow.ly/dmXg50E2Bpq

In March 1961, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo opened its gates for the first time! History San Jose's collection includes many #hhpzoo artifacts, including this opening day program. http://ow.ly/dmXg50E2Bpq

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1650 Senter Rd
San Jose, CA
95112

Bus 73 North or South from major transit centers

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

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Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
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Sunday 08:00 - 16:30

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