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.

Become a Member and celebrate the 4th of July at History Park!

Only a few weeks until the 4th of July! Sign up for Membership to History San José and enjoy our Members-Only 4th of July Celebration! We supply the Park, you supply the fun and food! Use the Park’s large BBQ and picnic tables and enjoy a private view of the fireworks courtesy of the San Jose Giants. Sign up or renew your membership today!

Don’t miss the party of the year! Get your tickets for the Valley of Heart’s Delight today!

Saturday, June 25
5:00pm – 9:00pm at History Park

Come out to History Park for a night of delicious food created by Catered Too! and exciting entertainment from Epic Immersive, San Jose Jazz, Bay Area Glass Institute, Fiddle Road, and the San Jose Printers Guild! Most importantly, this fundraising event supports our educational programs and community events throughout the year!

Show your support for the students of San Jose and buy your ticket today!

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Call for Makers OPEN for 2016 San Jose Mini Maker Faire!

Attention Makers! Our “Call for Makers” for the 2016 San Jose Mini Maker Faire is now OPEN!

We are looking for crafters, artisans, artists, builders, performers, thinkers and innovators who have a broad diversity of creative skills for this year’s San Jose Mini Maker Faire.

The San Jose Mini Maker Faire will be held at History Park on Sunday, September 4, 2016 from 11:00am – 6:00pm.

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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!

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.

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!

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 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.
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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.

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