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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. This IS San Jose Juried Photography Exhibition

    November 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am - March 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
  4. Heritage Holiday Champagne Tea

    December 10 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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#OnThisDay 75 year ago, Japanese aircraft staged a surprise attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, pulling the U.S. into WWII. See Shirley Montgomery's recollections in this diary entry from the HSJ Collection...

"To think that the first record I make for months is to record the shocking, incredible fact that we are at war! Yes -- the Japanese have bombed Hawaii and Manila, and are actually reported as having flown over San Francisco last nite. No bombs here yet, thank God!...The Civilian Defense Corps has given air raid 'directions' for blackouts. It's unbelievable. Black-outs in California -- in San Jose!" #PearlHarobr75 #PearlHarborRemembranceDay
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Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Children's Holiday Festival at History Park! Check out photos from the event and share your photos with us! #historysanjose #historypark #sanjose #happyholidays ... See MoreSee Less

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