100 KNTV Channel 11 news recordings to be digitized

History San José is pleased to announce that the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) has selected 100 KNTV Channel 11 news films from HSJ’s collection to digitize as part of the CAVPP’s ongoing grant-funded mission to digitize, provide online access, and preserve historic California audiovisual recordings. Recordings selected for this round include KNTV Channel 11 news films from 1966. To date, the CAVPP has digitized over 200 recordings from HSJ’s collection; all are available for public access through the Internet Archive.

Thanks to HSJ’s ongoing partnership with the CAVPP, we have been able to increase access to the KNTV Channel 11 News Archive (1965-1980). In this broadcast from April 4, 1966, hear interviews with astronaut Bruce McCandless, as well as a neighbor of astronaut James Irwin. Both men were selected in April 1966 to be part of NASA’s Astronaut Group 5 (aka “The Original Nineteen”) (Reel 1); and in Reel 2 watch footage of the International Association of Machinists strike outside FMC Corporation’s Ordnance Division in San Jose. Nearly 2000 members of the union joined the picket line after negotiations broke down, under a curtain of secrecy:

Find out more about the KNTV Channel 11 News Archive.
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About the CAVPP

The California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) gathers best archival practices for moving image and sound preservation and establishes low-cost, practical standards to help collecting organizations move from the analog age to the digital age. Online access is provided by the Internet Archive for teaching, research and study. Storage of files for long-term preservation is provided by the CAVPP. Project funding has been received from the California State Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). For more information, visit http://calpreservation.org/projects/audiovisual-preservation/.

History San José coming down the aisle

Don’t miss the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles’ upcoming exhibit Wedding Dress: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, which features historic wedding dresses from History San José’s textile collection and several vintage wedding photos from our archives. The exhibit explores the evolution of the wedding dress, ethnic similarities and differences, and tackles new questions raised by the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Wedding Dress: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow will be on display from July 8, 2016 – October 2, 2016 at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

Current HSJ Members with Membership Cards are invited to the exhibit’s opening reception on Sunday July 10, 2016 from 3:00 – 5:00pm, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. For more info, visit: www.sjquiltmuseum.org

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.

Travel through time at the first annual History San José Spring Tea!

The Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild is partnering with History San José to create a fun and fascinating experience for upcoming our Spring Tea. Guild members have researched and chosen vintage clothing to complement each of our beautiful historic homes in History Park. First, guests will enjoy a fabulous tea with sweet and savory creations by Satori Teas. The Renzel Room will be especially decorated for spring. Then guests are invited to explore the park and discover docents and costumed Guild members with stories of history and fashion in the homes. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind event!

For tickets please contact Juanita Lara at jlara@historysanjose.org or call 408.287.2291.

Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose returning to History Park

History Park will once again host the Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose on Saturday, April 9 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at History Park in Kelley Park. Organized by the San Jose Printers’ Guild, The Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose celebrates letterpress printing through hands-on demonstrations, tours of the History San José Print Shop, and features artists and craftspeople selling their wares. Visitors will learn how to set type, impress ink onto paper, and print their own souvenir poster!

“This Wayzgoose is a perfect day for all of us who are book junkies, typophiles, graphic designers, artists and print enthusiasts,” said Alida Bray, President and CEO of History San José. “History Park will be awash in ampersands and dingbats, and I mean that in the best and most complimentary way.”

Members of the San Jose Printers’ Guild, whose Print Shop is headquartered at History Park and is an affiliate of History San José, will help visitors print keepsakes on several vintage presses from handset metal type and lead tours of a 1900-era print shop. Dozens of vendors and exhibitors will be on hand to offer letterpress printed goods, artist books, fine papers, ink, handset type, reference materials, and more.

Admission to the event is free. The historic trolley will be available for rides throughout the park, food will be offered for purchase, and O’ Brien’s Ice Cream Parlor will be open.
For more information visit: sjprintersguild.com.

Bay Area Glass Institute open for business!

Bay Area Glass Institute glassblowing demonstration

Bay Area Glass Institute glassblowing demonstration

This month we welcomed the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) to History Park with a celebration outlining plans for their new state of the art glass-working studio at the Park. BAGI is now operating in a temporary studio at the park, but will eventually be moving in the the North Warehouse. Guests at the event had a chance to see glass blowing demonstrations and get a sneak peek at the plans for the permanent studio. Big thanks to everyone who came out to help support BAGI and welcome them to History Park!

History San Jose partners with The Tabard Theatre Company for Swift Justice

Missing persons report & photograph of Brooke Hart dated Nov. 14, 1933; badge and handcuffs of Sheriff William J. Emig, who led the investigation into Brooke's disappearance will be on display at the Jan. 9 panel. From the Harry Farrell Collection at HSJ.

Missing persons report & photograph of Brooke Hart dated Nov. 14, 1933; badge and handcuffs of Sheriff William J. Emig, who led the investigation into Brooke’s disappearance will be on display at the Jan. 9 panel. From the Harry Farrell Collection at HSJ.

History San José is The Tabard Theatre Company’s non-profit partner for the world premiere of Swift Justice. HSJ will receive a portion of the proceeds from the bar throughout the run of the show-so please buy a ticket and drink up! Premiering January 15, 2016 for only 10 performances, get your tickets now and support two great non-profit organizations! But before you experience the play, you won’t want to miss a powerhouse panel discussion surrounding the legalities and ethics of the event, January 9th at 7:00pm.

Swift Justice is a story of murder, vengeance and hope. Based on the true-crime book by Harry Farrell, this world premiere play by Tom McEnery focuses on the 1933 kidnap and murder of San Jose native Brooke Hart, heir to the Hart family fortune, and the subsequent mob rule lynching of suspected murderers in St. James’ Park.

HSJ Members receive a discount for the opening weekend shows. Tickets are limited, call 408.679.2330.

More Details & Tickets.

Bay Area Glass Institute coming to History Park!

Bay Area Glass Institute logoThe Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) is relocating to History Park. Nearly a half a million dollars are being actively raised and invested in the North Warehouse behind the Pacific Hotel. The old warehouse is being transformed into a fabulous, new, publicly-accessible gallery and glass-working facility. Scheduled to be open seven days a week, the new space will support both artists and students, teaching and learning fusing, glassblowing and torch-working.

This is an exciting addition to History Park, providing a daily opportunity to watch artists at work, and expanding educational opportunities through collaborative programming.

Hands-on History Days: Haunt History Park

San José, CA – September 25, 2015 — What’s scary about Halloween? Have no fear at Haunt History Park, on Saturday, October 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Children will be able to trick-or-treat throughout San José’s History Park at Kelley Park in this fun, safe, family-friendly environment.

This scare-free annual event has become a tradition, with trick-or-treating, arts and crafts activities, rides on the historic trolley, games, crafts, and much more.

“This year the entire family can celebrate this historic holiday in a fun yet old-fashioned Halloween atmosphere,” said Alida Bray, President & CEO of History San José.

Trick-or-treat stations will be set up at the historic homes in History Park and are sponsored by History San José and History Park affiliates. Join us for this one of a kind family friendly event!

Cost: General Admission $5; History San José Members FREE; Children ages 2 and under are FREE

For more information, visit historysanjose.org or call 408.918.1047

Hands-on History Days: Antique Autos in History Park

San Jose, California – August 12, 2015. Are you looking for the largest annual antique auto show in the West? Look no further – come out to History Park Saturday, September 13 from 11:00am to 4:00pm for the 15th Annual Antique Autos in History Park and see hundreds of antique cars, bicycles, and motorcycles from the late 1800s to 1945.

“We can’t wait to host another amazing Antique Autos event at History Park this year,” said Alida Bray, President and CEO of History San José. “Seeing the beautiful cars and costumes set against the backdrop of our historic buildings is truly a treat! And there is so much for young and old alike to enjoy!”

Presented each year by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club and History San José, early Cadillacs will be the featured auto this year. The Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association will have working exhibits and there will be antique crafts demonstrated and antique collectibles displayed. Dixieland music will be provided by the Toot Sweet Dixieland Jazz Band, plus a barbershop quartet and Swing dancers. Kids and families will especially enjoy building and racing their own race cars.

In addition, the historic trolley will be running; you can see demonstrations at the Print Shop; visit the Fruit Barn and One Room School House; and enjoy two exhibits: Slugs, Dingbats, & Tramp Printers: Printing in Santa Clara Valley, and the brand new exhibit, The Wireless Age: Electronics Entrepreneurs Before Silicon Valley (1900-1960).

Peggy Sue’s will offer food for sale, as well as O’Brien’s Candy Store & Ice Cream Parlor. Admission is free for participants, HSJ members and children 2 and under. $5 for all others. For more information about the event contact Allan Greenberg at allang@pacbell.net or 408.997.0879.

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