About

History San José preserves and enriches the cultural heritage of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley through research, collections, partnerships, educational programs and events.

History San José operates three locations: History Park — a historical and cultural campus featuring 19 partner organizations who each tell their own history in their own words; the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site — one of the oldest and most significant locales in San José; and the Collection Center — the Valley’s collective memory.

Every day we continue to collect contemporary history documenting the social and political happenings in the Valley. We preserve a collection of more than 500,000 artifacts, including a Research Library and Archive used by a world-wide audience. We enrich the Valley’s cultural heritage by creating exhibitions featuring the collections; by engaging the community in hands-on family programs and events; and by offering award-winning standards-based school programs for over 20,000 students and their teachers each year.

The organization is supported by more than 270 volunteers and interns, and by a membership who values history and believes that by celebrating it we can create a community with a strong sense of place that respects cultural diversity and innovation. I invite you to explore the website and to re-discover Silicon Valley, and rediscover History San José by joining us.

Alida J. Bray
President & CEO

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