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:

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