Friday, September 25, 2015

Hands-on History Days: Haunt History Park

Hands-on History Days: Haunt History Park
Saturday, October 31 
from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

San José, CA – September 25, 2015 --- What’s scary about Halloween? Have no fear at Haunt History Park, on Saturday, October 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Children will be able to trick-or-treat throughout San José’s History Park at Kelley Park in this fun, safe, family-friendly environment.

This scare-free annual event has become a tradition, with trick-or-treating, arts and crafts activities, rides on the historic trolley, games, crafts, and much more.

“This year the entire family can celebrate this historic holiday in a fun yet old-fashioned Halloween atmosphere,” said Alida Bray, President & CEO of History San José.

Trick-or-treat stations will be set up at the historic homes in History Park and are sponsored by History San José and History Park affiliates. Join us for this one of a kind family friendly event!

Cost
General Admission: $5
History San José Members FREE
Children ages 2 and under are FREE
For more information, visit historysanjose.org or call 408.918.1047

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

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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

Sunday, August 23, 2015

History San José Presents 1st Annual San José Mini Maker Faire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

History San José Presents
1st Annual San José Mini Maker Faire
Sunday, September 6, 2015; 10:00am – 6:00pm
at History Park in Kelley Park

San José, CA – August 21, 2015 --- On Sunday, September 6 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, some of the coolest inventions, innovators, exhibits, creators, tinkerers, robots, hobbyists, crafters, artists and young Makers in Santa Clara Valley will gather at History Park for the first ever San José Mini Maker Faire!

What is a Maker Faire? Part of the global Maker Faire network created by MAKE magazine, Maker Faires are called “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth”. These family-friendly events showcase invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and celebrate the Maker Movement. It's a place where people of all ages and backgrounds gather together to show what they are making and share what they are learning.

“The 1st Annual San José Mini Maker Faire at History Park will highlight more than 70 talented artists and Makers right here in our community,” says Alida Bray, President & CEO of History San José. “Makers built this Valley! Each Maker Faire has its own identity, and ours will feature the history of ‘making’ and include makers you may not see at other fairs.”

History San José is proud to announce the lineup for the first ever San José Mini Maker Faire! The complete list of exhibitors can be found at: http://makerfairesanjose.com/makers-2015/. Highlights from the exhibitor lineup include:


  • Calfee Design: Legendary bicycle designer Craig Calfee will be on hand to show visitors how to grow their own bicycle! The Calfee DIY Bamboo Bike kit allows anyone to make their own bamboo bike. Demonstrations and instructional videos will be shown at their booth throughout the day.
  • Chico MacMurtrie: World renowned sculptor Chico MacMurtrie will be displaying his Organograph, a large flower-like statue that is entirely powered by the sun, with large solar petals that open at sunrise to follow the sun and collect its energy then closing gently at sunset.
  • TechShop San Jose: Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace and part learning center, TechShop is a playground for creativity and provides access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment and software. The San José Tech Shop will be hosting several booths with interactive demonstrations and hands on activities!
  • Cyant: Cyant will help visitors’ handwritten drawings and writings jump off the page using 3D printers to make fun and creative works of art!
  • Kraut Source: Kraut source will be demonstrating their nifty stainless steel devices that fit on Mason jars to help you make your own sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi and other yummy live-cultured foods at home.
  • Fremont High Robotics Team: Fremont High School’s Robotics team, the Firebots, will be showing off their robots and letting visitors take them for a spin
  • Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI): BAGI provides accessible, hands-on glass experiences that educate and inspire current and future generations of patrons, students and artists. BAGI is the only public access glass-working facility in Santa Clara County that has fully functional glassblowing, fusing and torch working studios. Visitors will be able to see flame-working demonstrations performed live!

The San José Mini Maker Faire will run on Sunday, September 6, 2015, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: www.makerfariesanjose.com.

Sponsors for the 1st Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire include: MAKE Magazine, Robert J. Bettencourt, Linda L. Lester, Silicon Valley Creates, Galileo Learning, and the Mineta Transportation Institute.

Contact:
Jordan Evins
History San José
408.521.5034
jevins@historysanjose.org

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Return of Manny’s Cellar – One Night Only!

History San José Presents The Return of Manny’s Cellar – One Night Only!
Friday, September 18, 2015; 5:30pm – 9:30pm at
the historic Fallon House, 175 West Saint John Street, San Jose

San Jose, California – August 14, 2015. Step back in time on Friday, September 18, at 5:30pm and visit Manny’s Cellar. Formerly occupying the basement of the historic Fallon House, Manny’s Cellar served as the ultimate lunch and dinner destination! For many who worked in downtown San Jose from 1962 – when the restaurant opened – until it closed in 1990, Manny’s holds a special place in their hearts. Today, the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site is operated by History San José, which provides educational programming to more than 10,000 school children each year.

“We are thrilled to bring back Manny’s Cellar and especially proud to have Linda Pereira, Manny’s daughter, as the event’s Co-chair,” says Alida Bray, President & CEO of History San José. “Manny’s is a special place for so many, and this event provides the opportunity to relive history by reminiscing, swapping stories, and enjoying music and a great meal -– just like Manny use to serve!”

This fall, the 2nd Annual Return of Manny’s Cellar will be held on Friday, September 18 from 5:30pm - 9:30pm. Each $75 ticket includes live entertainment, dinner and beverages.

Proceeds from the event benefit educational programs at History San José. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Michelle Powers at 408.521.5016 or mpowers@historysanjose.org.

To purchase your ticket, register online at http://historysanjose.ejoinme.org/mannys2015

Hands-on History Days: Antique Autos in History Park

History San José & the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club Present Hands-on History Days: Antique Autos in History Park
Sunday, September 13, 2015; 11:00am – 4:00pm at History Park in Kelley Park

San Jose, California – August 12, 2015. Are you looking for the largest annual antique auto show in the West? Look no further – come out to History Park Saturday, September 13 from 11:00am to 4:00pm for the 15th Annual Antique Autos in History Park and 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 José, early Cadillacs will be the featured auto this year. The Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association will have working exhibits and there will be antique crafts demonstrated and antique collectibles displayed. Dixieland music will be provided by the Toot Sweet Dixieland Jazz Band, plus a barbershop quartet and Swing dancers. 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 and One Room School House; and enjoy two exhibits: Slugs, Dingbats, & Tramp Printers: Printing in Santa Clara Valley, and the brand new exhibit, The Wireless Age: Electronics Entrepreneurs Before Silicon Valley (1900-1960).

Peggy Sue’s will offer food for sale, as well as O’Brien’s Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor. Admission is free for participants, 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 408.997.0879.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Exhibit on Wireless Age and San Jose Mini Maker Faire Coming to History Park!


History San José Presents
The Wireless Age: Electronics Entrepreneurs Before Silicon Valley (1900-1960)

Opens to the public Sunday, September 6, 2015; 11:00am – 4:30pm
The Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel
at History Park in Kelley Park

opening in conjunction with
The 1st Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire
Sunday, September 6, 2015; 10:00am – 6:00pm
at History Park in Kelley Park

San José, CA – July 30, 2015 --- Everyone is familiar with the local garage stories of Wozniak & Jobs, Hewlett & Packard, and other tech pioneers who helped give Silicon Valley its name, but the Valley’s history of technological innovation and revolutionary invention stretches back much further. This new exhibit, opening Sunday September 6, 2015 from 11:00am – 4:30pm in the Arbuckle Gallery in the Pacific Hotel at History Park, explores the remarkable history of the inventors and engineers who revolutionized communications technology. Visitors will see rare artifacts from History San Jose’s Perham Collection of Early Electronics, including surveillance equipment, radios, televisions, and electronic components, and learn about the remarkable men and women who set the foundation for the Valley’s technological revolution.

That same day, History Park will host the 1st Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire from 10:00am-6:00pm on Sunday, September 6, 2015. Part of the global Maker Faire network created by MAKE magazine that encompasses Faires in over 120 cities around the world, the San Jose Mini Maker Faire showcases local makers, artists, inventors, tinkerers, builders, and many more innovative and creative individuals. Some of the Makers we will feature include beekeepers, wood carvers, glassblowers, basket weavers, and incredible performances.

Visit www.historysanjose.org for more details or call 408.521.5034.

For more information or to purchase the San Jose Mini Maker Faire please visit: www.makerfairesanjose.com

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HSJ at Silicon Valley S.T.E.A.M. Festival

On Saturday, July 11, History San Jose was pleased to participate in the 2nd Annual Silicon Valley S.T.E.A.M. Festival at the Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose. As an event exhibitor, we offered visitors a glimpse into the not-so-distant past with a typewriter, rotary phone, adding machine, and Brownie camera from our Education Collection. Items from our Education Collection can be touched by visitors for an immersive, hands-on experience.


While many of us familiar with the uses of these everyday objects, many young children today are now a generation or two removed from seeing these objects in use. Parents had the opportunity to explain to their children about the object, the purpose it served, and exactly how the objects work. Many of our younger visitors were astonished to see how their parents and grandparents used to make phone calls, write letters, and take photos. We love providing the opportunity to facilitate discussion among families in our community!

Hundreds of people stopped by to check out our table, pick up our event calendars, and hear about our upcoming San Jose Mini Maker Faire (Sept 6).

Special thanks to the organizers of the S.T.E.A.M. Festival for the kind invitation to participate! We will look forward to being involved again next year.

Monday, June 8, 2015

1st Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire at History Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

San Jose, CA -- May 15, 2015 -- History San José is proud to announce the first ever San Jose Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, September 6 from 10 am to 6 pm.

What is a Maker Faire? For those who have not attended the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo – Maker Faire is the "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth" that showcases makers, artists, inventors, tinkerers, builders, and many more innovative and creative individuals.

"The 1st Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire at History Park will highlight more than 70 talented artists and Makers right here in our community," says Alida Bray, President & CEO of History San José. "Makers built this Valley! Each Maker Faire has its own identity, and ours will feature the history of  "making" and include makers you may not see at other fairs like blacksmiths and saddlemakers, but robots will have equal opportunity, too!"

The global Maker Faire network created by MAKE magazine now encompasses Faires in over 120 cities around the world. This family-friendly event will inspire creativity in kids of all ages! Some of the Makers we will feature include beekeepers, wood carving, glassblowing, basket weavers, and some incredible performances!

Over the next few months, History San José will work with community partners to recruit local Makers and artists. Our "Call for Makers" application form can be found at: https://makerfairesanjose.com/.

For more information, please connect with San Jose Maker Faire through our Facebook page, twitter account, Google+, and WordPress web site addresses listed below.

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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 18th-century Spanish governmental records to 21st-century Silicon Valley technology.

San Jose Maker Faire Website: https://makerfairesanjose.com/

San Jose Maker Faire Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Jose-Mini-Maker-Faire/383253411876742

San Jose Maker Faire Twitter: @sjmakerfaire

San Jose Maker Faire Google+ account: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/113510643215016289334

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hands-On History Days: Celebrate Father’s Day with Trains, Trolleys, and Automobiles!

San Jose, CA – June 1, 2015– It’s a great day to celebrate Dad! On Sunday, June 21 from 12 PM to 4 PM, History San José will celebrate Father’s Day! Dad will receive free admission to History Park for this Hands-On History Day.

Come take a ride on an antique Horse Car pulled by two beautiful Clydesdales between noon and 3:00pm. All day, meet the Motormen from the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation as you take a ride on a Historic Trolley, and then try your skill at operating a railroad Hand Car.

Hop aboard the Wells Fargo Stagecoach to take your selfies, and learn what a Blacksmith does as he demonstrates his skills.The Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford club will have a selection of cars with some drivers dressed in period attire. Do you think electric cars are new? Come see the Detroit Electric built in 1917, one of the first electric cars.

Learn about early bicycle transportation and innovation by visiting the Pacific Hotel Arbuckle Galley where Silicon Valley Bikes: Innovation, Passion & Politics Since 1880 is on display with one of the oldest Velocipedes in the western hemisphere!

In addition, the Print Shop will be open. You’ll find the Printers Guild members hosting printing demonstrations and giving away souvenir bookmarks printed on an 1884 platen letterpress. Then visit the Leonard & David McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House, featuring: Slugs, Dingbats & Tramp Printers! Printing in Santa Clara Valley.

Throughout the day, Fiddle Road will be performing in the Band Stand near the Plaza, and refreshments will be available for purchase from O’Brien’s Ice Cream Parlor, Tony’s Popcorn Cart and Mike’s Hotdogs.

Admission: Dad, HSJ Members and kids two and under – FREE. All others $5.00.

For more information, call 408-521-5016 or visit www.historysanjose.org

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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 18th-century Spanish governmental records to 21st-century Silicon Valley technology.

Website: historysanjose.org
Blog: historysanjose.org/blog
Facebook: /historysanjose
Twitter: @historysanjose
Instagram: @historysanjose
YouTube: youtube.com/user/historysanjosevideo
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+HistorysanjoseOrgcal/posts

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hands-On History Days: Digging Up San Jose’s Past at History Park

San José, CA – April 17, 2015. Calling all Indiana Jones wannabes! On Sunday, May 17 from 12 PM to 4 PM, Digging Up San Jose’s Past at History Park will offer children an opportunity to become junior archaeologists. In partnership with the Chinese Historical & Cultural Project, Stanford Archaeology Center students will be at History Park conducting a mock excavation, screening, artifact identification and artifact reconstruction.

“This program is a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn about the incredible world of archaeology, while simultaneously developing an interest in our local history,” said Wendy Abelmann, Director of Education at History San José. “We are so excited that this partnership between the Stanford Archaeology Center and the Chinese Historical & Cultural Project gives us the opportunity to share the stories of San Jose’s 19th century Chinese pioneers.”

This family educational program will allow individuals to collect stickers for each activity to place in Archaeology Passports and become ‘certified’ as a Junior Archaeologist.

At 11:45 AM, there will be a celebration and dedication of the Lillian Gong-Guy Plaza at History Park. Lillian Gong-Guy was the co-founder of the Chinese Historical & Cultural Project, and a dedicated philanthropic leader and volunteer in the Santa Clara Valley. The Lillian Gong-Guy Memorial Scholarship will be presented to local students, based on their exemplary academic achievement and community service.

Cost: HSJ members and kids two and under – FREE. All others $5.00.

For more information, call 408 918­1047 or visit www.historysanjose.org

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

History San José Honors San Jose’s Diverse Community At Annual Valley of Heart’s Delight Event

San Jose, CA --- April 16, 2015 --- History San José’s 10th Annual Valley of Heart’s Delight fundraising event will be held onSaturday, June 27 at History Park. This year, History San José will honor the many cultural groups that have helped make the city of San Jose one of the most diverse cities in the nation.

“It is remarkable how many diverse groups thrive within San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley,” said Alida Bray, President and CEO of History San José. “We have the privilege of learning so much from these different cultures, languages, and communities. It is of the utmost importance that these cultures and the stories they tell are represented at History San José.”

The Valley of Heart's Delight at History Park will be on Saturday, June 27 from 5 PM to 10 PM. The dinner will be catered by Catered Too! and will feature wines from Joseph George Fine Wines and beer from Gordon Biersch.

The event will highlight entertainment from local performance groups, including the Akoma Drummers, Los Lupeños de San Jose, Khamsin Belly Dance, Fiddle Road, Millenium Sounds, and many more.

Individual tickets are $175. Proceeds from the Valley of Heart’s Delight event benefit History San José’s education programs, which provide hands-on school programs to over 20,000 children each year.

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. For more information about the event, please visit www.hsjvalleyofheartsdelight.org.

History Park at Kelley Park is located at 1650 Senter Road, between Phelan & Keyes in San Jose. For GPS mapping use 635 Phelan Avenue. For more information visit www.historysanjose.org or call 408 287 2290.

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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 18th century Spanish governmental records to 21st century Silicon Valley technology. 

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

Facebook: /historysanjose
Twitter: @historysanjose
Instagram: @historysanjose

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Heritage Circle's Hearst Castle Adventure

Exclusive look inside Heart Castle's vault
History San Jose's Heritage Circle make a leadership commitment to help preserve the stories and artifacts from the Santa Clara Valley so future generations can learn from these histories. The annual, tax-deductible contribution of $1,500 to join Heritage Circle includes access to unique social and educational activities. Above all, these generous donations ensure that History San José has the resources we need to fulfill our mission every day.

In late March, our Heritage Circle group enjoyed an amazing weekend in rustic Cambria for our annual getaway. We stayed at the picturesque El Colibri Boutique Hotel & Spa in downtown Cambria, where we participated in their nightly wine and cheese tastings. On Friday evening, our rowdy group of 17 squeezed into Madeline's Restaurant and Wine Shop for a sumptuous French-inspired feast and fine wines. According to the staff at Madeline's, we were one of the biggest groups they've ever seated!

The next day, our carpool caravan was off to an early start to Hearst Castle for a private, behind-the-scenes tour. Our tour guide, Chuck Walker, led us on a once-in-a-lifetime treasure hunt, revealing some of the secrets and scandals connected to the Hearst family and their famous guests at the Castle.

We were also allowed to peek inside the Castle wine cellar and private vaults, where we saw statues, furs, carpets, and other objects belonging to the family.

HSJ Board Member and Heritage Circle Member, Kathleen Orlenko, who has been a Conservator to the Castle for over ten years, then took us on an exclusive tour of the Archives, where we were shown some of the original hand-drawn prints of the architecture of the Castle by none other than architect Julia Morgan.

Private archives tour with Conservator Kathy Orlenko
After a busy day at Hearst Castle (and a little wine tasting!), we enjoyed a relaxing dinner at Indigo Moon Cafe, another local favorite serving up high-end American food and delectable desserts. The next morning, we sadly went our separate ways and said goodbye for now to beautiful Cambria.

To see some photos from the weekend, please explore our online photo album!

Read more about the many benefits of becoming a Heritage Circle Member.

Renew your Heritage Circle Membership today and join us on future trips such as this trip to Cambria.

Friday, March 27, 2015

History San José presents 1st Annual Silicon Valley Bikes! Festival and Bicycle Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

History San José presents
1st Annual Silicon Valley Bikes! Festival and Bicycle Show
Sunday, May 3, 2015 – 11 am - 6 pm

San José, CA – March 25, 2015 --- Kick off National Bike Month and celebrate the Santa Clara Valley’s rich bicycling history and culture with our racing, road, recreational, mountain, custom, cruiser, fixed gear, vintage and low rider bicycling communities. On Sunday, May 3 from 11 am to 6 pm, History Park will host the 1st Annual Silicon Valley Bikes! Festival and Bicycle Show.

The festival is a collaboration between History San José, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, the Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers and Gooseneck Bicycles. Thanks to the generosity of Santa Clara Valley Brewing, we are proud to offer their hand-crafted beer for sale.

Guests will enjoy Moveable Feast’s food trucks, amazing vendors, designated picnicking areas, historical talks and tours of the exhibit Silicon Valley Bikes! Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880, in the Clyde Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel. There will be plenty of fun for kids, including bicycle decorating and a children’s bicycle parade. DJ Guerillaz in Da Mixx (GiDM) will be in the house with sound and tunes.

Attendees can bring and show their bicycles and have them judged in one of many categories. The Hellyer Velodrome [the Northern California Velodrome Association] and the San José Bicycle Club will host a stationary racing area; San José Bike Polo will host demonstration games; Specialized will demonstrate electric bikes and San José Fixed Gear will offer fixed gear trick riding demonstration. Free valet bicycle parking will be provided by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1538254503091540/ for more details or call 408.521.5016.

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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

Friday, March 6, 2015

History San José Presents Slugs, Dingbats & Tramp Printers! Printing in Santa Clara Valley and the Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose Event


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

History San José Presents 
Slugs, Dingbats & Tramp Printers! Printing in Santa Clara Valley 
and the Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose Event 
Opens to the Public - Saturday, April 18
The Leonard & David McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House
at History Park in Kelley Park

San Jose, CA – March 5, 2015 --- In the summer of 1834, a Spanish-Mexican government official named Agustin V. Zamorano set up a print shop in Monterey,and created the first printed documents in California. This new exhibit, which opens on April 18, 2015, from 10am-4:30pm in the Leonard & David McKay Gallery in the Pasetta House at History Park, explores the remarkable history of printing in Santa Clara Valley -- from movable type through the evolution of printing technology including local advancements such as laser printing, developed at Palo Alto's Xerox PARC in the early 1970’s. The exhibit will feature hands-on printing activities and demonstrations for children and families.

That same day, History Park will host the annual Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose from 10am-3pm put on by the San Jose Printers Guild. The Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose celebrates letterpress printing through hands-on demonstrations, tours of the History San José Print Shop, and features artists and craftspeople selling their wares. Visitors will learn how to set type, impress ink onto paper, and print their own souvenir poster!

As always, visitors can ride the historic trolley ride and O’Brien’s Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor will be open for business. Admission to History Park, the Exhibit, and all activities are free for this event.

Visit www.historysanjose.org for more details or call 408.521.5016.
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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 635 Phelan Avenue San José, CA 95112 408.287.2290
Website: historysanjose.org
Blog: historysanjose.org/blog
Facebook: /historysanjose
Twitter: @historysanjose
Instagram: @historysanjose
YouTube: historysanjosevideo
Google+: +HistorysanjoseOrgcal

Contact:
Michelle Powers
History San José
408.521.5016
mpowers@historysanjose.org

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

John Green, Big Basin's Original "Supervisor"

Recently we received an email from someone looking to identify a photograph of Big Basin Park taken by Andrew Putnam Hill that was owned by her family. Hill took many photographs of the Big Basin area in the Santa Cruz Mountains between 1900 and 1902 as part of his efforts to save the forest from logging and preserve the beautiful area as a protected state park. History San José is lucky to have a large number of these in our collection, part of the Sempervirens Club Records. In this case, Hill's photograph led to a family discovery.

I recognized the photograph -- a group of men standing in a grove of giant redwood trees. Sure enough, we had another print of the same image in our collection. I shared the caption from the photo, which listed the men pictured, and provided her with some background as to why and when it was taken. The album consists of 80 photographs of Big Basin taken by Hill, compiled (and likely captioned) by W. W. Richards, sporting secretary for the Sempervirens Club.

California Park Commissioners, Big Basin, 1901
"Park Commissioners & Advisory Board," by Andrew P. Hill (Sempervirens Club Records, History San Jose)


Well, it turned out that one of the men in the photograph, John Green, was her great-grandfather, a fact unknown to her until this time! After confirming this with another member of the family, she of course wanted to know more. Why was he in the photo? What was his role? Presumably this is why the photograph had been kept in her family.

Green is identified only as "Guide" in several of Hill's photographs. What our researcher already knew was that John Green was a resident of Boulder Creek in the early 1900s. A Swedish immigrant who arrived in the US around 1880, he worked for one of the lumber companies around Big Basin. There was no further information on Green in the Sempervirens Club Records, nor in Carolyn de Vries' excellent history Grand and Ancient Forest: The Story of Andrew P. Hill and Big Basin Redwood State Park (1978). He did not appear to be affiliated with the club in any respect other than his role as guide. We surmised that he worked for H. L. Middleton's lumber operation at Big Basin, and that Middleton had hired him to take people around the property.

Middleton was the largest stockholder in the Big Basin Lumber Company, and had been won over by an exploration of the land in 1900 with the Sempervirens Club:

"Somehow the members of the committee had been able to interest H. L. Middleton, largest stockholder in the Big Basin Lumber Company, in joining their exploration for a short time. It had been discovered that one of the mills owned by his company had packed machinery on mules over the mountains to the very rim of the Big Basin, close to some of the largest trees, and was ready to begin cutting. ...'Mr. Middleton was dragged, willy-nilly, along with the camping party, and held as friendly hostage while his woodchoppers cut trails in any direction that was suggested. For the first time the extent of the Basin was fully realized, and the value of the watercourses, the Waddell, the Gazos, the Pescadero Creek, the Butano, all taking their sources here....Mr. Middleton had become inoculated with the spirit of this redwood-saving crowd...'" (de Vries, p. 24)

As a result of these efforts by the Sempervirens Club, Middleton assisted in obtaining an option for one year on 14,000 acres in the Big Basin area. However, when the time limit on the land option expired, and another logging operation run by I. T. Bloom began cutting timber in Big Basin, Hill "obtained permission from H. L. Middleton to invite Governor Gage and the members of the Park Commission to examine personally the proposed park site." (de Vries, p. 44) The photograph above documents this September 1901 visit, in which Green acted as "guide."

Through some contacts with the California State Parks Department, who led her to local author and Big Basin docent Scott Peden, the researcher discovered that her great-grandfather was not only a "guide," but apparently the very first "superintendent" of Big Basin Park. According to Peden, Green was selected to be superintendent of the land by Middleton in the period between the State Park's nominal approval in 1901 and the actual signing of the land purchase deal in 1902, before J.H.B. Pilkington was appointed as the park's first guardian. So Green's title of "guide" belied his role not only as acting supervisor of Big Basin, but also, according to Peden, Superintendent of Union Creek Mill (the Big Basin part of Middleton's Groups holdings), and I. T. Bloom's mill, also under at least some control of Middleton.

Clippings from Santa Cruz newspapers also reveal that Green moved to Jenner on the Sonoma Coast, where he acted as the small town's postmaster. He passed away in San Francisco of stomach cancer at the age of 47.






Monday, February 2, 2015

Bell & Howell Projectors Donated by the Academic Film Archive of North America

The mission of the Academic Film Archive of North America is to acquire, preserve, document, and promote academic film by providing an archive, resource, and forum for continuing scholarly advancement and public exhibition. Most of the 20th century academic films were recorded on 16 mm film. As film format became obsolete, and the subject matter outdated, educational institutions disposed of their films in bulk. The Academic Film Archive has saved hundred of these films, which are now stored at History San José's Collection Center. The Archive is slowly digitizing its catalog as resources become available: http://www.afana.org/watchfilms.htm.

A shared memory of watching these films in school, such as "The Red Balloon" or "Red Asphalt," is the constant "clacking" as the film rotates through the projector's sprockets. AFA's president, Geoff Alexander, recently donated three Bell & Howell circa 1950 16 mm projectors. Two of the projectors' speaker units are still intact, a rare find since speaker units were often damaged or became separated from their projector due to heavy use. By the mid-1950s. Bell & Howell solved this issue by offering projectors with built-in speakers.

Bell & Howell Projector

Bell & Howell Projector

Bell & Howell Projector Diagram

Bell & Howell Projector

Bell & Howell Projector

Friday, January 30, 2015

Homeland & Home: The Immigrant Experience - 22nd February 2015


Homeland & Home: The Immigrant Experience
History San José Partnership with Silicon Valley Reads


San José, CA – January 30, 2015 --- More than one-third of Santa Clara County residents were born outside of the United States, resulting in the co-existence of many cultures, languages, and experiences in the Valley. History San José is proud to partner with Silicon Valley Reads on Sunday February 22 from 12pm-4pm to offer family activities pertaining to The Immigrant Experience theme.

History San José values history and believes that by celebrating it we can create a community with a strong sense of place that respects cultural diversity and innovation.

This special day of hands-on activities with Silicon Valley Reads will include a scavenger hunt through History Park featuring immigrant experiences both past and present, and crafts focusing on the diverse cultures represented at History Park. Several affiliate organizations will also be on hand, offering activities including a poetry workshop conducted by Poetry Center San Jose, a printing demonstration by the Printers Guild, and films created by the Digital Clubhouse Network.

As always, we will offer historic trolley rides, and O’Brien’s Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor will be open for business.

Admission to History Park and all activities are free.

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