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

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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.

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