Through My Father’s Eyes: The Filipino American Photographs of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado (1914 – 1976)

History San José Presents Through My Father’s Eyes: The Filipino American Photographs of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado (1914 – 1976)

July 14, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel, History Park

A special Members & VIP Reception will be held from 5:30 – 8:30 on July 25 at the Pacific Hotel Gallery, with music featuring Steve Monteclaro  & Friends.
Through My Father’s Eyes: The Filipino American Photographs of Ricardo Ocreto Alvaradox (1914 – 1976) is a collection of 50 photographs chosen from more than 3,000 discovered by his daughter, Janet Alvarado after his death. This exhibit offers a rare view into the daily life of the Filipino American community in the post-World War II era in the Bay Area.

“It is such an honor for History San José to offer the South Bay premiere of this photography exhibit, Through My Father’s Eyes,” says Alida Bray, President & CEO of History San José. “Mr. Alvarado’s perspective has kept alive the Filipino American experience in the Bay Area.”

Ricardo Alvarado emigrated to the United States from the Philippines in 1928, part of the early 20th-century wave of immigrants known as the ‘Manong Generation,’ meaning ‘older brother’ in the Ilocano language. He served in the Pacific Theater with the U.S. Army’s First Filipino regiment during World War II. When the war ended, Alvarado supported his passion for photography by working as a civilian cook at San Francisco’s Letterman Hospital in the Presidio.  For more than 20 years following the war, Alvarado documented postwar Filipino American life. His poignant photographs capture every aspect of day-to-day activities, public and private.

“We are proud to partner with History San Jose,” said Janet Alvarado. “My father would be pleased to know that his life’s work is being shared with members of all communities.” Alvarado’s photography was more than a hobby. He photographed weddings, funerals, baptisms, and parties. His ‘view camera,’ a Speed Graphic, documented street scenes, beauty pageants, cock fights, agricultural workers tending crops, and entrepreneurs on the job. His daughter Janet, now the Executive Director of The Alvarado Project, created the nationally recognized nonprofit devoted to her father’s photos demonstrating the Filipino American cultural history. “My father’s collection tells a million stories,” added Alvarado.

“I am excited that a new audience and generation will have the opportunity to view a beautiful exhibit of photos that truly captures the Filipino American experience,” states Ron P. Muriera, Administrator for the FANHS Santa Clara Valley Chapter.

Silicon Valley Bikes: Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880

Silicon Valley Bikes: Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880

July 2014 – July 2015
Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel

Garden City Wheelmen, 1919

Garden City Wheelmen, photographed in San José at the October 1919 relay against the Sanson Wheelmen of Stockton (History San José Collection)

For almost 150 years Santa Clara Valley residents have formed cycling clubs to socialize and to race; they have improved bicycles, modified them to suit their needs and styles, and have used bicycles to help the needy and to build community.

Known as the birthplace of innovation for personal computers, networking and the internet, this region is also the birthplace of bicycling innovation. Bicycles, helmets and accessories with the Avocet, Blackburn, Bontrager, Giro, Klein, Ritchey and Specialized brands were founded by Santa Clara Valley cyclists.

Silicon Valley Bikes! Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880 features images and artifacts from History San José’s collection, and objects from private individuals and organizations. From the 1842 Lefebvre velocipede, the world’s oldest human-powered vehicle, to the latest fixie, Silicon Valley Bikes! Passion, Innovation & Politics showcases the Silicon Valley’s rich bicycling culture and history.

Missed the exhibit? We’ve got images here.

The following sponsors helped to make this exhibit possible:

Garden City Construction
Wheel Away Cycle Center
Bicycle Express
San Jose Bicycle Club
Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club Inc.
Ampersand Ellipsis Jones LLC
Hellyer Velodrome

Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San José Since 1938

McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House
April 14 – December 14, 2014

The online version of this exhibit has been created in conjunction with Google Cultural Institute. Click to view.

Shirlie Montgomery led a colorful life. Her love of photography, sports, and journalistic photography lent her a unique eye on history. Born on Chapman Street in San José in 1918, she was the only child of Rea Montgomery. Her dad, an avid sportsman, passed along his love of boxing and wrestling matches. Montgomery was the great niece of T. S. Montgomery, a local realtor and developer, who donated the land to the city where the Civic Auditorium stands today.

As a professional photographer, Montgomery pointed her 4×5 Speed Graphic camera on behalf of the San José Mercury, the San Francisco Examiner, freelancing, even working events for Lou’s Village. Through her career she met celebrities, politicians, and professional wrestlers.

She passed away in 2012, leaving thousands of photographs from her collection, most of which are in the Collection Center of History San José. This exhibit will be augmented by photos from private collectors, personal items owned by Shirlie, and other ephemera of old San José.

Shaped by Water: Past, Present & Future

History San José Presents “Shaped by Water: Past, Present, Future”

February 12 through September 8, 2013
Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel

A special Members & VIP Reception will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on February 10th at the Pacific Hotel Gallery.

Boating on San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA, c. 1911, History San Jose Collection

Boating on San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA, c. 1911, History San Jose Collection

Created by the Los Altos History Museum, this multi-faceted exhibit Shaped by Water: Past, Present & Future inspires a deep connection to this precious and essential resource. The story of water in this region is told from a historical perspective, beginning with the indigenous Ohlone people up to modern day, through a comprehensive and interactive exhibition experience. The exhibition outlines future challenges and outcomes with concrete ideas to reduce consumption, reuse and recycle water. History San José has added San José artifacts from the permanent collection to this traveling exhibit.

Shaped by Water underscores how each period in our local history has been characterized by a changing relationship between humans and water.

Experience and learn about the unique connection to our precious and finite water—past, present and future. Through photographs, artistic interpretations, stories, and interactive activities for kids of all ages, visitors will leave with a greater understanding of the role water plays in our lives—and with resources and ideas for conservation and action!

Local sponsorship generously provided by Mrs. John Luckhardt, Robinson & Wood Inc., Attorney’s at Law, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and the San Jose Water Company.

The 5th Anniversary of the Leonard and David McKay Gallery

Celebrating Local Artists: The 5th Anniversary of the Leonard and David McKay Gallery

McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House, History Park

Local Artists Exhibit

A.D.M. Cooper Paintings and Drawings

Leonard McKay, founder of Smith-McKay Printing, was a Rotary President, member of the Pioneers of Santa Clara County, historian, and general rascal. He was also an art collector. He recognized the importance of collecting and celebrating local artists, not only for their artistic contribution, but also for the valuable role artists play in creating a visual historic record of the Valley. “Celebrating Local Artists” features well-known local artists Andrew P. Hill, Charles Harmon, Vida McCraken, and A. D. M. Cooper. In addition to bucolic landscapes, never-before-seen drawings from Cooper’s childhood and young adulthood are on display.

The Pasetta House was moved to History Park in 1985. In 2004, thanks to a generous gift from the Pasetta family, restoration of the house began, and the building was dedicated in 2005. Leonard McKay was instrumental in planning this space as a gallery with climate control and lighting that would meet museum standards suitable for exhibiting art and artifacts. This generosity has afforded History San José the opportunity to host multiple exhibits and to display countless works from its collection. History San José wishes to thank these families for their significant and permanent contribution to History Park and to the community.

City of Champions: 2001, A San José Soccer Odyssey

City of Champions: 2001, A San José Soccer Odyssey

September 2011 – April 2012
San José City Hall

1st Floor Wing
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, California

Soccer in San Jose

Credit: Mark Gray, 2011, Oil on canvas

Pro soccer in San José has a rich if unheralded history. In 2001, at the dawn of the new millenium, San José was for a shining moment the epicenter of America’s edition of the world’s favorite sport. San José boasted the most accomplished teams and the most celebrated players in the land. Never before or since has a single American community held at the same time both men’s and women’s pro trophies or been more deserving of the mantle, “City of Champions.” History San José’s exhibit commemorated the tenth anniversary of this enchanted moment in our sports history.

The exhibit’s primary sponsor was SSVCF, an all-volunteer charity comprised of San José Earthquakes fans with a variety of initiatives dedicated to building community through soccer. In the three years leading up to the exhibit, Quakes fans, working through SSVCF, donated thousands of artifacts – many rare and unique – to History San José, volunteered countless hours at the museum collection center cataloguing and photographing them, and raised tens of thousands of dollars to underwrite this exhibit and a future permanent display in the anticipated Earthquakes stadium at the former FMC site by the airport.

Brandi Chastain, who serves on SSVCF’s advisory board, loaned for the exhibit her sports bra, first revealed when she removed her jersey after scoring the winning penalty kick in the 1999 Women’s World Cup final. Also on display was Chastain’s game-worn jersey from when she starred for the Bay Area CyberRays women’s pro team, which won the national WUSA championship in 2001 while playing home games at San José’s Spartan Stadium.

Spartan Stadium was also the site of the first ever game in Major League Soccer (MLS) history, won by San José. The first ball ever kicked in that game was on display along with the jersey won by Eric Wynalda while scoring the league’s first ever goal. Among other unique items, the MLS trophy won by the San José Earthquakes in 2001 was seen along with the jersey worn and medal won by Quakes rookie Landon Donovan, perhaps the greatest male soccer player ever produced in the United States.

Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly

Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly

May 25th through December 15th, 2013
McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House, History Park

1997-209-9 cropOver the centuries, the relationship that Californians have had with the grizzly bear is one of dualities, expressed in fear and fascination. Although now extinct in the state, the grizzly has long been a central character in California’s history. Illuminating the story of the grizzly bear, this exhibition will run at History Park through December, 2013.

It is through exhibits and artifacts, some from the collection of History San José, that Bear in Mind provides an in-depth look at the history and science of one of California’s most revered and feared animals.

The exhibition is produced and toured by Exhibit Envoy and was developed in concert with The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley and Heyday Books, and supported by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation with additional funds from Bank of the West.

Special for Members: Preview reception for the Exhibit Sunday, May 19th, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Youth Art Month 2013

Celebrating Youth Art Month 2013

Arbuckle Gallery at the Pasetta House, History Park

The curated Youth Art Month exhibition at the Pasetta House includes awards for art in four grade-level categories: Kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grades, sixth through eighth grades and and high school grades nine through twelve. Awards were given in each category on Saturday, March 2.

Sargent Art will award prizes to teachers of the first place winners in each category. The student winner from each Area exhibition advances to the state level and one of these students, along with a parent and their teacher, will be awarded a trip to New York through the support of Sargent Art.

Youth Art Month is a nationally recognized observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children, and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Supported by the National Art Education Association and in California by the California Art Education Association, the Northern Area chapter will hold the exhibition featuring some of the best art by Bay Area students, Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Bay Area Youth Art Month Exhibition 2012

Bay Area Youth Art Month Exhibition Hosted by History San José and California Art Education Association

March – May 2012
Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel

Ceramic tiles by youth artist“This valuable collection of art by the best of Bay Area Youth artists fulfills the mission of History San José’s education programming,” said Alida Bray, President and CEO of History San José (HSJ), “and encourages creativity by the artists of tomorrow.”

Youth Art Month is a nationally recognized observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children, and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Supported by the National Art Education Association and in California by the California Art Education Association, the Northern Area chapter hosted the exhibition featuring some of the best art by Bay Area students, Kindergarten through Grade 12.

“The Northern Area of California Art Education Association is pleased to bring to the South Bay some fabulous two-dimensional and three-dimensional art for exhibition,” said Barbara Purdy, Art Department Head at Presentation High School, and chapter event organizer.

The curated youth art show included awards for art in four grade-level categories: Kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grades, sixth through eighth grades and and high school grades nine through twelve. Awards were given in each category at a Sunday, March 18 afternoon reception from 1 PM to 3 PM at the Gallery at the Pacific Hotel in History Park.

Sargent Art awarded prizes to teachers of the first place winners in each category. The student winner from each Area exhibition advanced to the state level and one of these students, along with a parent and their teacher, will be awarded a trip to New York through the support of Sargent Art.

Hands-on History Days: Children’s Holiday Festival

San Jose, CA – October 23, 2015 — Get into the holiday spirit with History San José at the Children’s Heritage Holiday Festival Saturday on December 5 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at History Park.

Visitors will enjoy holiday arts and crafts, rides on a horse-drawn carriage and the historic trolley, pictures with Santa, and much more! History Park affiliate organizations will also host culturally diverse crafts celebrating the holiday season throughout the world.

The History San José Decadent Desserts Member Appreciation Reception will also be held on Saturday, December 5 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Members of History San José will enjoy a scrumptious display of holiday treats, champagne, and socializing in the Renzel Room of the Pacific Hotel.

That same day, History San José will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the collapse of San Jose’s famed electric light tower. Originally constructed in 1881, the light tower became a nationally known landmark and was a symbol of progress and ingenuity for San Jose. Sadly, the tower collapsed on December 3, 1915. A replica of the tower was constructed for History Park in 1977 and still stands at today. We will honor the original tower with hands-on activities that highlight its remarkable history of this landmark.

Admission: HSJ members are free with a membership card. Children ages 2 and under are free. All others are $5.

For more information visit www.historysanjose.org or call 408.521.5016.

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About History San José:

History San José is a non-profit organization that collects, preserves and celebrates the stories of diversity and innovation in San José and the Santa Clara Valley. HSJ manages one of the largest and most comprehensive regional history collections in the State of California, from 1784 Spanish governmental records to twenty-first century Silicon Valley technology.

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