Thanks for coming to the First Annual SC Archives Crawl!

Thanks to everyone who came out to visit HSJ’s Collection Center for the First Annual Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl. We had 61 visitors throughout the day, who engaged us with research questions, imparted their own experience and knowledge of growing up in the Valley, and enjoyed “backstage” access to our storage area.

We prepared table top exhibits to highlight some of the more unique collections at HSJ, including political ephemera, the KNTV Channel 11 News Archive, our extensive Music Collection, and early California papers such as the 19th century cattle brand book, the Pueblo Papers, and the manumission papers for two slaves freed here in the County in 1954.

If you didn’t make it to this year’s event, we are hoping there will be another one next year, and we plan to expand the event to include more of our artifact collection and tours of more storage areas. Look forward to seeing you back next year! Check out photos from this year’s event.

Empire Firehouse Update

Work continues on History Park’s Empire Firehouse to transform it into a brand new interactive exhibit space. Recently several historic fire vehicles from the San Jose Fire Museum were moved into the space, including a Hand Drawn Chemical Fire Cart, c.1890, and a Hand Drawn Hose Cart, c.1880 – both restored by HSJ Volunteers.

Empire Firehouse mural

Work has just begun on installing large scale photo murals in the space. The one seen here features an image, c.1885, of a fire station formerly located on North Market Street with horse-drawn engines and firefighters standing in front. Stay tuned for more updates!

This IS San Jose Photography Exhibition

Presented by History San José, This IS San Jose is the culmination of a city-wide juried photography exhibition. Photographers of all skill levels were invited to submit images that showcase the richness and diversity that is San Jose. Traditional photographs were selected as well as images submitted on Instagram from community members. View the Instagram submissions.

Join us for the exhibit opening reception in the San Jose City Hall Rotunda, Thursday, October 27 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Admission is free! RSVP here. The exhibit will be on display through April 2017.

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