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 for more details or call 408.521.5034.

For more information or to purchase the San Jose Mini Maker Faire please visit:

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.