Save the Date for History San José’s Valley of Heart’s Delight

History San José’s annual Valley of Heart’s Delight event returns Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. This year we have a brand new format with the theme Then & Now! You’ll enjoy interactive theater experiences courtesy of Epic Immersive; music courtesy of the San Jose Jazz Boom Box; live glass blowing with the Bay Area Glass Institute; pop-up exhibits featuring rare artifacts; and a “then & now” menu with old favorites and new creations by Catered Too!. Don’t miss this unique experience!

Schmahl Science Workshops Summer Science Research Camp at History Park

Looking for a fun summer activity? Check out Schmahl Science Workshops’ Summer Science Research Camp for 5th – 8th graders. Explore physics using a smart phone as a scientific instrument, conduct experiments in microbiology, and much more in these fun and informative 5-day workshops. More details and registration information.

The San Jose Mini Maker Faire returns to History Park!

We are excited to announce that the San Jose Mini Maker Faire is returning this fall to History Park! Join us Sunday, September 4, 2016 from 10:00am – 6:00pm and explore all of the amazing artist, craftsmen, and Makers that the Valley has to offer. Look for more info about this year’s upcoming Faire and check out some of the highlights from last year’s Faire in this fantastic video made by Jared Frazer of Tribute Short Flims below.

A new look for O’Brien’s Ice Cream Parlor & the return of the Museum Gift Shop!

History San José is benefiting from our generous community. First the Rotary Club of San Jose granted HSJ funds to refurbish O’Brien’s; and then Linda Loew made a gift to reopen the museum store. Stay tuned for news on the grand reopening!

Spring Cleaning and Warehouse Auction at History Park

We are clearing out the warehouse at History Park to make way for the Bay Area Glass Institute’s new studio. We want to thank the Stella B. Gross Charitable Trust and the Hugh Stuart Center for their generous funding to make this project possible! As our curators inventoried and moved artifacts to HSJ’s state-of-the-art Collection Center, they did extensive research on each item to ensure it was relevant to the Museum’s Mission.

During the process some artifacts were removed, or “deaccessioned,” from the collection. Deaccession is a necessary museum practice that eliminates items in poor condition; that already exist in great number; have no relevance to the Mission; or are hazardous. More than 32,000 artifacts were kept, and 1,400 were removed.

As the last phase of this process, the artifacts removed from the collection will be sold at HSJ’s Spring Cleaning and Auction on Saturday, May 14th, in History Park. The funds generated will be used to enhance the collection. There will be fabulous finds — furniture, hand tools, lanterns, pianos, and rare books from the 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as a large selection of books on local and California history. Doors open and Auction Preview begins at 9:00 am; Live Auction at 10:30 am. See you there!

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