Welcome to History San José

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. Fall Fiesta in The Park

    October 1 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  4. Celebrating 25 Years of CAHM at History Park

    October 2 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  5. Large-Scale Immersive Experience: Matthew Briar and the Age of Resurrection

    October 14 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Yesterday we held our annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner to thank our amazing volunteers - some of whom have been volunteering with us for over 30 years! THANK YOU again to all of our volunteers for all you do; we could not do it without you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Yesterday marked 36 years since San Jose's Frontier Village closed for business. The western themed amusement park opened in 1961 and featured a fun mix of rides and attractions; everything from trout fishing and canoeing, to train rides and an old west themed Main St. Located at Monterey Rd and Branham Ln, the park closed in September of 1980, but left a mark on many.

Share your memories with us and check out some photos and other items from Frontier Village in the HSJ Collection. #HistorySanJose #FrontierVillage #TBT
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Last week, our curators helped share some of the Valley's technological history with Google employees in a pop-up exhibit at Google's headquarters. The exhibit features a selection of objects from History San José's past exhibit: The Wireless Age: Electronics Entrepreneurs Before Silicon Valley.

Check out some photo from the installation. Objects on display, include: Philo Farnsworth's early work that led to the electronic television, Lee De Forest's famous Audion tube, and a collection of ham radios. The exhibit is just for Google employees this time, but in case you missed it, an online version of the The Wireless Age exhibit is available here: bit.ly/2ducH6m.
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