Friday, November 21, 2014

Celebrate the Season at the Children’s Holiday Festival at History Park

San José, CA – November 21, 2014 --- Are you in the holiday spirit yet? Come and celebrate the holidays at History Park with our annual Children’s Heritage Holiday Festival on Saturday, December 13 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Children can join Santa Claus on the historic trolley with their wish list for a photo op. There will be live music and entertainment reflecting the winter season, holiday arts and crafts for kids, and story time with the Snow Queen. History Park affiliate organizations will host culturally diverse crafts celebrating the holiday season throughout the world.

This will also be your last chance to see the Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San Jose Since 1938 exhibit at the McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House before it closes on December 14.

The History San José Member Appreciation Reception will also be held on Saturday, December 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Members will enjoy a decadent display of holiday treats and champagne and relaxing in the Renzel Room.

Visit www.historysanjose.org for more details or call 408.521.5016.

As always, HSJ members are free with a membership card. Children ages 2 and under are free. All others are $5.

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About History San José:

History San José is a non-profit organization that collects, preserves and celebrates the stories of diversity and innovation in San José and the Santa Clara Valley. HSJ manages one of the largest and most comprehensive regional history collections in the State of California, from 1784 Spanish governmental records to twenty-first century Silicon Valley technology.

History San José 1650 Senter Road San José, CA 95112 408.287.2290

Website: historysanjose.org
Blog: historysanjose.org/blog
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Monday, November 3, 2014

History San José Celebrates San Jose's 237th Birthday

San José, CA – November 3, 2014 Mark your calendar and wish San José a happy birthday. On Sunday, November 23 from 1 PM to 4 PM History San José will throw a party to say, "Happy Birthday, San José!"

The traditional birthday party for the founding of El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe at the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site will include activities for kids, cake, candles, music and historic home tours. Hands-on activities for kids include: rope a "bull," make a corn husk doll, dip a candle, and design your own brand!

Share birthday cake with San José’s founding family members while viewing historical displays. Music will be provided by Los Arribeños de San Francisco, led by Lance Beeson, a member of the Californios.

Admission is free; activity wristbands are $5 each. Tours of the Fallon House are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-17, and will be held at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm. Tours are not recommended for children ages 4 and under. The Peralta Adobe will be an "open house" that guests can explore on their own.

The Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site is located at 175 West Saint John Street, in downtown San Jose, CA 95110. For more information call 408 918-1047 or visit www.historysanjose.org

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The Fallon House was built in 1855 by one of San José’s earliest mayors. The Victorian mansion showcases 15 fully-furnished rooms typical of the Victorian period. Thomas Fallon was a frontiersman in the John C. Fremont expedition, and Carmel Fallon was the daughter of one of the most prominent Mexican landowners in California.

The Peralta Adobe is San José’s oldest address. Built in 1797, the Peralta Adobe is the last remaining structure from El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. See the Adobe’s horno, an outside working oven or venture inside the home and see two rooms furnished as they might have been when they were occupied by the Gonzales and Peralta families. It is now surrounded by the new San Pedro Square Market.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

History San José to Host Yard Sale in the Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

History San José to Host Yard Sale in the Park
Free Admission to History Park
Sunday, October 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

San Jose, CA – September 9, 2014 --- Yard Sale, Garage Sale, Vintage Swap – whatever the preferred name, you’ll find great deals at History Park! On Sunday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., History San José will host a park-wide yard sale. But the best bargain at the Yard Sale in the Park is free admission to History Park.

The public is invited to host their own table and sell their wares. Booths of used lamps, grandma’s china, toys, and anything else taking up space at home, can be sold. Booths of wares will be positioned inside the park.

“History Park is a great venue for a ‘yard’ sale because we have a 14-acre ‘yard’ --- said Alida Bray, President and CEO of History San José. “The Yard Sale in the Park offers a sense of community, helping each other out, and just having fun. And it is better than a garage sale, a block sale, or sitting in your own driveway.”



There will be an HSJ book booth, offering duplicate and deaccessioned books for sale, as well as an assortment of other items.



Registration must be received by September 29; booths for non-members are $20 each; booths for members and affiliates of HSJ are free. Entrants must register to sell, and provide their own equipment, tables, chairs, canopies, etc. Register by contacting Juanita atjlara@historysanjose.org or calling 408.918.1045.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Happy 25th Anniversary Westward Ho!



Westward Ho!, History San José’s second most popular School Program, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this fall. During the 2013-2014 school year, Westward Ho! served 3,500 fifth grade children from schools throughout Santa Clara County, with the objective of providing students the opportunity to experience some of the activities and hardships encountered by pioneers in their journeys overland to the West.

Westward Ho! began as an idea on October 30, 1986, when Virginia Beck, then Director of Education, met with six docents to discuss the development of a program specifically for 5th grade children. Audra Weber was elected general chair of the committee, and over the next several years more docents joined the planning team. After meeting with 5th-grade teachers and curriculum supervisors over the next several years to ensure that the program would fit into the 5th grade curriculum, docents presented the first Westward Ho! program in the fall of 1989. The program was presented once a week and 10 programs were booked the first year.

Wagon Ho Docents and Program Interpreters, 2002
Costume workshops were held to sew shirts for the boys and “pinafores” and sunbonnets for the girls. As the program was repeated, aspects of it were improved based on feedback from docents and teachers, including a “rainy day” alternative.

Loading and unloading the wagon at the General Store
In the fall of 1998, the program expanded to twice a week, and soon all slots were filled. In the spring of 2002, Westward Ho! docent Martha Champion presented the program to the Oregon-California Trails Association. The Association awarded the program its Outstanding Educator Award in recognition of excellence in teaching, and bringing alive the history of the Emigrant Trails.
Volunteers and docents setting cover supports in place for covered wagon
This past year, we have expanded the program to three days a week to meet the increased program needs of the community.

Westward Ho! is the success that it is thanks to our volunteers, docents, and school program interpreters who continue to work diligently to maintain the integrity of the program. At the beginning of each school year, volunteers and docents set up the program, making sure the general store and covered wagon are ready for business. At the end of June, they clean, sweep and mend the program equipment, and celebrate another successful year with a potluck picnic.
Building McBride's Mercantile outside Dashaway Stables
We look forward to another 25 years of Westward Ho! and hope your 5th graders have enjoyed their experiences over the years. Feel free to send us your own memories of Westward Ho! at education@historysanjose.org.

We couldn't do it without you!



Monday, August 25, 2014

The Return of Manny’s Cellar – One Night Only

The Return of Manny’s Cellar – One Night Only
at the Fallon House Historic Site
Friday, September 26, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

San Jose, California – August 25, 2014. Manny’s Cellar holds a special place in the hearts of many San Jose residents. Formerly occupying the basement of the historic Fallon House, Manny’s Cellar served as the ultimate lunch destination for some many who worked downtown from 1962–when the restaurant opened–until it closed in 1990. The Fallon House Historic Site is operated by History San José and provides educational programming to over 10,000 school children each year.

This fall, the Return of Manny’s Cellar for one night only will be held on Friday, September 26 from 5:30pm-9:30pm. Each $75 ticket will cover live entertainment, dinner, and wine. Cocktails can be purchased at the bar. Tommy Taylor, former bartender at Manny’s Cellar, will be on hand to share stories with old friends.

Proceeds from this event benefit educational programs at History San José. Sponsorship opportunities of this special event are also available – please contact Michelle Powers at 408.521.5016 or mpowers@historysanjose.org.

To purchase your ticket, please register online: http://historysanjose.ejoinme.org/mannys.

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The Fallon House was built in 1855 by one of San José’s earliest mayors. The Victorian mansion showcases 15 fully-furnished rooms typical of the Victorian period. Thomas Fallon was a frontiersman in the John C. Fremont expedition, and Carmel Fallon was the daughter of one of the most prominent Mexican landowners in California.

The Peralta Adobe is San José’s oldest address. Built in 1797, the Peralta Adobe is the last remaining structure from El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. See the Adobe’s horno, an outside working oven or venture inside the home and see two rooms furnished as they might have been when they were occupied by the Gonzales and Peralta families. It is now surrounded by the new San Pedro Square Market.

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About History San José:

History San José (HSJ) is a non-profit organization that collects, preserves and celebrates the stories of diversity and innovation in San José and the Santa Clara Valley. HSJ manages one of the largest and most comprehensive regional history collections in the State of California, from 1784 Spanish governmental records to twenty-first century Silicon Valley technology.

History San José 1650 Senter Road San José, CA 95112 408.287.2290

Website: historysanjose.org
Blog: http://historysanjose.blogspot.com/
Facebook: /historysanjose
Twitter: @historysanjose

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friends & Family Day Series: Antique Autos at History Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friends & Family Day Series: Antique Autos at History Park
Sunday, September 14, 11 AM to 4 PM

San Jose, California – August 21, 2014. Are you looking for the largest annual antique auto show in the West? Look no further – come out to History Park Saturday, September 14 from 11am to 4pm to see hundreds of antique cars, bicycles, and motorcycles from the late 1800s to 1945.

“We can’t wait to host another amazing Antique Autos event at History Park this year,” said Alida Bray, President and CEO of History San José. “Seeing the beautiful cars and costumes set against the backdrop of our historic buildings is truly a treat! And there is so much for young and old alike to enjoy!”

Presented each year by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club and History San Jose, steam powered autos will be the featured auto this year. Kids and families will especially enjoy building and racing their own race cars.

In addition, the historic trolley will be running; you can see demonstrations at the Print Shop; visit the Fruit Barn, Umbarger House and One Room School House; and enjoy two exhibits: Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San José Since 1938 and brand new exhibit, Silicon Valley Bikes! Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880.

Peggy Sue’s will offer food for sale, as well as O’Brien’s Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor. Admission is free for HSJ members and children 2 and under. $5 for all others.

For more information about the event contact Allan Greenberg at allang@pacbell.net or call 408.997.0879.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gold Rush Adventure – When the World Rushed In! History San José - Sunday, July 20

Summer is a good time to have an adventure, and History Park will provide the backdrop. Join History San José at Gold Rush Adventure Day on Sunday July 20th, where friends and families can be a ’49er for a day.

Come join us for gold panning, butter churning, historic games, and craft activities for children ages 4-11 from the Gold Rush period. Children can get creative in our jumping frog contest, roping a “steer,” milking a “cow,” and participating in the pony express relay.

Families can learn about the perspectives of many cultures during the Gold Rush in the special presentation “When the World Rushed In.” In the Pacific Hotel, you will have the opportunity to meet Ann Bridges, author of the historical fiction eBook based on the Gold Rush era, Kit's Mine.

Lance Beeson and the New California Minstrels will provide a musical backdrop to the fun and games, but when your feet get tired, come inside to the Fox Den, and check out some of our gold rush videos.

There’s more than just gold to explore at the park -- take a ride on the trolley and give the handcar a try. Be sure to visit the Print Shop for a printing press demonstration, and explore the Fruit Barn, One Room School House, Umbarger House, and Dashaway Stables.

Be sure to drop in to the McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House to view the Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San Jose Since 1938 exhibit.

History San José Members are free. All children 2 & under free; $5 for all other guests.

Monday, June 16, 2014

History San José partners with Google Cultural Institute on Soccer Exhibit in time for World Cup “For Club and Country: San José’s Soccer Heroes”

San Jose, CA –June 15, 2014 --- A source of pride to soccer fans are the local club heroes chosen to represent their respective countries in international competition, including regional qualifying tournaments, the Olympics, friendly matches, and the World Cup.

History San José and Google Cultural Institute are partnering again with an online exhibit For Club and Country: San José’s Soccer Heroes, using images of artifacts from the Collection of History San Jose.

For Club and County: San Jose's Soccer Heroes Exhibit

Since the earliest years of professional soccer in the Bay Area with the North American Soccer League (NASL), through the triumphs of professional women’s soccer and the success of Major League Soccer (MLS), over 100 men and women have represented their countries as well as our local teams. The following exhibit is a selection of items from The San José Soccer Legacy Collection that recognizes many of the players who represented both our clubs and their countries.

The San Jose Soccer Legacy Collection at History San José is large and growing through the ongoing generosity of the Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation (http://www.ssvcf.org). The collection comprises over 300 photographs and 2000 objects, plus videos, books, and magazines about Bay Area soccer, as well as ephemera such as ticket stubs, posters, and game programs that focus on youth, collegiate, and professional soccer primarily in San José and Santa Clara. 

Other topics in the exhibit include The Early Years, Major League Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Quake’s Success, World Cup Hopes, and Give the People What They Want.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

History Park Plays Host to Printers’ Fair & ‘Wayzgoose’ Saturday, May 17 from 10 AM to 3 PM

San Jose, CA – May 1, 2014 --- What is a Wayzgoose, you ask? Some might say a Wayzgoose can be traced to St. Bartholomew’s Day (August 24) when in 1456 a festival marked the completion of the printing of the Gutenberg Bible. It has evolved into a festival demonstrating handmade books, paper, and the printing arts.

For the first time in the South Bay, History Park will host a Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose on Saturday, May 17 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Sponsored by the San Jose Printers’ Guild, the Wayzgoose Party will celebrate letterpress printing and allied arts.

“This Wayzgoose is a perfect day for all us who are book junkies, typophiles, graphics designers, artists and print enthusiasts,” said Alida Bray, President and CEO of History San José. “History Park will be awash in ampersands and dingbats, and I mean that in the best and most complimentary way.”

Members of the San Jose Printers’ Guild, whose Print Shop is headquartered at History Park and an afilliate of History San José, will help visitors print keepsakes on several vintage letterpresses from handset metal type and lead tours of a 1900-era print shop.

“In reaction to the digital age there is a resurgence of interest in the way printing used to be done using metal type and ink pressed into paper,” said Matt Kelsey, event coordinator and a member of the San Jose Printers’ Guild. “The Wayzgoose celebrates letterpress and is an occasion for printers to gather.”

Twenty-five vendors and exhibitors will offer letterpress printed goods, artist books, fine papers, ink, handset type and reference materials. Peter Thomas will demonstrate hand paper-making at his Gypsy Wagon, with his handmade books on display.

The historic trolley will be available for rides throughout the park, food will be offered for purchase, O’Brien’s Ice Cream Parlor will be open and admission to the park is free on this day.

The 2014 Printers’ Fair and Wayzgoose continues the tradition of the Marin Small Press Fair and, later, the San Francisco Book Arts and Printers’ Fair.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

History San Jose Member & VIP Reception Sunday, April 13

You Are Invited...
History San Jose 
Member & VIP Reception
 
 
Shirlie working a wrestling match in the San Jose Civic Auditorium, April 1956. HSJ Collection.
Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San Jose Since 1938 
 
 Please join us for this exclusive Member and VIP
 Reception to celebrate the exhibit opening.
 
Lucille Ball at Lou's Village, December 1947. HSJ Collection.

 

Sunday, April 13
1pm - 4pm

Leonard & David McKay Gallery 
at the Pasetta House,
History Park

635 Phelan Ave 
San Jose, CA 95112

RSVP to Michelle Powers atmpowers@historysanjose.org 
or call 408-521-5016

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

History San José Presents Photo Exhibit Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San José Since 1938

History San José Presents Photo Exhibit Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San José Since 1938 
McKay Gallery in the Pasetta House at History Park

San Jose, CA – March 25, 2014 – The life of Shirlie Montgomery was a colorful one. From her love of photography, sports, and journalistic photography, she was in a unique position to capture history.

History San José will presents a photography exhibit based upon a collection of her pictures. Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San José Since 1938, will open to the public Monday, April 14, at the Leonard & David McKay Gallery in the Pasetta House at History Park.

“Shirlie Montgomery was such an interesting woman and a fun person,” said Ken Middlebrook, Director of Collections at History San José and the curator of this exhibit. “She loved her vocation, but it was her avocation of documenting portions of life from the 1940s through 1970s that makes this exhibition unique.”

Born in on Chapman Street in San Jose in 1918, she was the only child of Rea Montgomery. It was her dad, an avid sportsman, who passed along his love of boxing and wrestling matches. Shirlie was the great niece of T. S. Montgomery, a local realtor and developer, who donated the land to the city where the Civic Auditorium stands today.

As a professional photographer, she pointed her 4X5 Speed Graphic camera on behalf of the San Jose Mercury, the San Francisco Examiner, freelancing, even working events for Lou’s Village. Through her career she met celebrities, politicians,

She passed away in 2012, leaving thousands of photographs from her collection, most of which are in the Collection Center of History San José. This exhibit will be augmented by photos from private collectors, personal items owned by Shirlie, and other ephemera of old San José.

Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San José Since 1938 will be exhibited at the Leonard & David McKay Gallery in the Pasetta House at History Park and runs through August 10, 2014.

To learn more about Shirlie check out the HSJ blogspot:

http://historysanjose.blogspot.com/2012/11/shirlie-alice-montgomery-1918-2012.html

Thursday, March 13, 2014

History San José Honors Frank Fiscalini at Annual Valley of Heart’s Delight Event

San Jose, CA --- March 5, 2014 -- History San José has announced that Frank Fiscalini will be honored at the annual Valley of Heart’s Delight event on June 28 at History Park.

"Frank Fiscalini has contributed so much to San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley," said Alida Bray, President and CEO of History San José. "He is a true Renaissance man and deserves recognition for his many achievements and humble devotion to the betterment of our community."

This year the Valley of Heart’s Delight at History Park will be on Saturday, June 28 from 6 PM to 10 PM. The dinner will be catered by Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, and Fiddle Road will begin the evening of local live entertainment.

Fiscalini has been an unrelenting advocate for education, the arts and the quality of life in the Santa Clara Valley. He began his storied career in education. He was a teacher at James Lick High School and Bellarmine College Preparatory before becoming Superintendent of the East Side Union High School District, where he helped build ten schools in San Jose.

In addition to his many accomplishments, he was the CEO of Alexian Brother Hospital; coordinated the restoration of the historic St. Joseph’s Cathedral; was elected to San Jose City Council, and eventually served as Vice-Mayor. He continues to contribute as an active board member and volunteer for many area non-profits, including serving as a founding board member for Opera San Jose 30 years ago, FACES Silicon Valley for over 40 years, Little Italy San Jose, and History San José.

Individual tickets are $175. Proceeds from the Valley of Heart’s Delight event benefit History San José’s education programs -- where history is serious fun!

Sponsorships are still available, beginning at $2,500, with in-kind support also greatly appreciated.

To purchase tickets or to secure a sponsorship, please contact Michelle Powers at 408-521-5016 or mpowers@historysanjose.org.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

History San José and Portraits of the Past to Host Reflections of Old San José – a Historic Fashion Show

San Jose, CA --- February 25, 2014 --- History San José and Portraits of the Past will present a historic fashion show on March 15 at 2 PM in the Renzel Room of the Pacific Hotel in History Park. Reflections of Old San José will benefit HSJ educational programs and showcase costuming, as well as feature local historical characters.

“Portraits of the Past members always provide such a wonderful ambiance to History Park events,” noted Alida Bray, President and CEO of History San José. “We are so appreciative that they put so much effort into their costuming and performances to help benefit HSJ's educational programs.”

The historic fashion show will feature men's and women's clothing and accessories. Volunteers in elaborate costumes will present vignettes featuring local historical figures. A reception of light refreshments, dessert and champagne will follow the fashion show.

Tickets are $25 and will benefit educational programming at HSJ. The Renzel Room is inside the Pacific Hotel at History Park, and free parking on the grounds of the Park is available. Seating is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets online https://historysanjose.ejoinme.org/fashion

History Park at Kelley Park is located at 1650 Senter Road, between Phelan & Keyes in San Jose. For GPS mapping use 635 Phelan Avenue. City parking is available for $6. For more information visit www.historysanjose.org or call 408.287.2290.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

History San José Partners with Google Cultural Institute In Online Exhibits

San Jose, CA --- February 19, 2014 --- Today History San José and Google Cultural Institute launched a group of online exhibits as part of a new partnership to introduce History San José’s collection to a global audience. 

The online exhibit will include a total of 166 artifacts, derived from three “physical” exhibits curated by History San José and shown at History Park. These exhibits are now accessible to the entire world, showcasing the depth and variety of HSJ’s permanent collection.

“The significance of be being able to share the history and culture of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley to a global audience is monumental,” said Alida Bray, President and CEO of History San José. “History San José has the largest regional history collection in the state of California and it is our mission to share it with the largest audience possible.”

The exhibit Artists for Hire: Painting for the Market in Santa Clara Valley reflects the range of ‘hired art’ in the Valley. From a collection of more than 500 paintings in the HSJ collection, this exhibit demonstrates how local artists earned a living by commissions from the wealthy, and includes works by A.D.M. Cooper, Andrew Putnam Hill, and Elizabeth A. Rockwell. 

The photography exhibit San José: City With a Past reflects the heritage of the Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, and the evolution of Santa Clara Valley from an agricultural and food processing center, through revitalization and redevelopment of the downtown core, into what is today the capital of Silicon Valley. 

The largest exhibit lends itself perfectly to this online initiative. The Perham Collection of Early Electronics is the legacy of radio pioneer Douglas McDonald Perham (1887-1967), an early wireless experimenter and radio broadcaster, technician and collector; and documents the pre-silicon communications industry in the Bay Area. 

The Google Cultural Institute is a global project based in Paris. Originated in 2011, it already has nearly 400 partners from 50 countries exhibiting millions of pieces of art, history and culture. The aim is to work with the cultural sector, bringing art, archives, heritage sites and other material online, making it more accessible to people via the internet, thereby preserving it for the future.

“The Google Cultural Institute and History San José’s vast permanent collection are a perfect combination for online exhibits,” added Bray. “We look forward to providing online access to future exhibits held at HSJ.” 

The exhibit Artists for Hire: Painting for the Market in Santa Clara Valley was curated by the HSJ Collections and Exhibitions staff. The photography exhibit San José: City With a Past was originally created in 1991, curated by Leslie Masanuga and Nancy Valby, San José Historical Museum and sponsored by the 1991 San José City Council. The Perham Collection of Early Electronics was curated by Bjorn Forsberg, Stuart Hansen, Will Jensby, Ralph Simpson, and Dr. Roxanne Nilan. 

The HSJ exhibits on the Google Cultural Institute site may be accessed at http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/collection/history-san-jose or by searching for “History San Jose.”