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Welcome to History San José (HSJ), Silicon Valley’s largest and most comprehensive historical organization. We preserve and enrich the cultural heritage of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley through research, collections, partnerships, educational programs and events. Read more...

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Upcoming Events

  1. Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History (Exhibit)

    March 20 @ 12:00 pm - December 31 @ 4:00 pm
  2. Painting the Town: The Work of Rey Giese (Exhibit)

    September 4, 2016 - July 30, 2017
  3. Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl

    October 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  4. Silicon Valley Heart & Stroke Walk

    October 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  5. Hands-on History Days: Haunt History Park

    October 30 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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This Is San Jose Exhibit Reception

October 27, 2016, 5:30pm - October 27, 2016, 7:30pm

This IS San Jose is the culmination of a city-wide juried photography exhibition. Photographers of all skill levels were invited to submit images that showcased the many faces of San Jose. Traditional photographs were selected as well as images submitted on Instagram from community members. Join us for the exhibit opening reception in the San Jose City Hall Rotunda, Thursday, October 27 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Admission is free! Follow link below to REVP. The exhibit will be on display through April 2017. www.eventbrite.com/e/this-is-san-jose-exhibition-opening-reception-tickets-28461049766 Presented by: History San Jose. Sponsored by: Content, San Jose Water Company, Rocky Nook, Bay Photo Lab, San Jose Camera & Videoo, and the San José Office of Immigrant Affairs. Parking Available at Garage located on S. Fourth Street Between Santa Clara and San Fernando.

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This week is National Fire Prevention Week, so we wanted to look back at some at some of San Jose's fire fighting past. This photo from the HSJ Collection features the Hunneman hand pumper fire engine. Belonging to San Jose Torrent #2, it was purchased in 1866, and later sold to the town of Ferndale in 1883.

Check out the 1883 article from the San Jose Morning Times that discusses the engine and its sale. The author notes, "It seems like losing a friend to part with the old apparatus, and we ask Humbolters to deal kindly with 'the old tub'. #FirePreventionWeek #TBT
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