1st Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire at History Park

San Jose, CA — May 15, 2015 — History San José is proud to announce the first ever San Jose Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, September 6 from 10 am to 6 pm.

What is a Maker Faire? For those who have not attended the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo – Maker Faire is the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” that showcases makers, artists, inventors, tinkerers, builders, and many more innovative and creative individuals.

“The 1st Annual San Jose 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 like blacksmiths and saddle makers, but robots will have equal opportunity, too!”

The global Maker Faire network created by MAKE magazine now encompasses Faires in over 120 cities around the world. This family-friendly event will inspire creativity in kids of all ages! Some of the Makers we will feature include beekeepers, wood carving, glassblowing, basket weavers, and some incredible performances!

Over the next few months, History San José will work with community partners to recruit local Makers and artists. Our “Call for Makers” application form can be found at: https://makerfairesanjose.com/.

Hands-On History Days: Celebrate Father’s Day with Trains, Trolleys, and Automobiles!

San Jose, CA – June 1, 2015— It’s a great day to celebrate Dad! On Sunday, June 21 from 12 PM to 4 PM, History San José will celebrate Father’s Day! Dad will receive free admission to History Park for this Hands-On History Day.

Come take a ride on an antique Horse Car pulled by two beautiful Clydesdales between noon and 3:00pm. All day, meet the Motormen from the California Trolley and Railroad Corporation as you take a ride on a Historic Trolley, and then try your skill at operating a railroad Hand Car.

Hop aboard the Wells Fargo Stagecoach to take your selfies, and learn what a Blacksmith does as he demonstrates his skills.The Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford club will have a selection of cars with some drivers dressed in period attire. Do you think electric cars are new? Come see the Detroit Electric built in 1917, one of the first electric cars.

Learn about early bicycle transportation and innovation by visiting the Pacific Hotel Arbuckle Galley where Silicon Valley Bikes: Innovation, Passion & Politics Since 1880 is on display with one of the oldest Velocipedes in the western hemisphere!

In addition, the Print Shop will be open. You’ll find the Printers Guild members hosting printing demonstrations and giving away souvenir bookmarks printed on an 1884 platen letterpress. Then visit the Leonard & David McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House, featuring: Slugs, Dingbats & Tramp Printers! Printing in Santa Clara Valley.

Throughout the day, Fiddle Road will be performing in the Band Stand near the Plaza, and refreshments will be available for purchase from O’Brien’s Ice Cream Parlor, Tony’s Popcorn Cart and Mike’s Hotdogs.

Admission: Dad, HSJ Members and kids two and under – FREE. All others $5.00. For more information, call 408-521-5016 or visit www.historysanjose.org

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