Sunday, August 23, 2015

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


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: 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:

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.

Jordan Evins
History San José

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

To purchase your ticket, register online at

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 or 408.997.0879.