Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel

Coming Out: 50 Years of Queer Resistance and Resilience in Silicon Valley

Opening June 26, 2021

Special Hours: August 16th – August 31st | 12-4pm | Every Day

Coming Out: 50 Years of Queer Resistance and Resilience in Silicon Valley reveals five decades of challenges and joys for the LGBTQ+ community in Santa Clara Valley. From creating and finding community in an area known for its suburban sprawl, to battling HIV/AIDS, to advocating for equal rights, the rich history of Santa Clara Valley’s LGBTQ+ community reflects the greater LGBTQ+ movement in the United States.

The exhibition opens on the day marriage equality was upheld for Californians (June 26, 2013) and the nation (June 26, 2015).

Space is limited and visitors will need timed tickets.* Please reserve your tickets today!

*Several times a year History San José and its community partners host public programs at History Park that require paid entry. Please visit our Programs & Events page to learn more about specific days that are not available on this calendar.

Special Programs

Gallery Talk with Ken Yeager

Friday, August 27, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
FREE | General
Pacific Hotel, History Park & Virtual Event


Come learn how former County of Santa Clara Supervisor Ken Yeager worked to put this momentous exhibit together and have him show you some of his favorite stories and artifacts.

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United by Love, Divided by Law

Saturday, September 18, 2021
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
FREE | General
History Park

LGBTQ+ activist Judy Rickard shares her love story and explains how it drove her to become an advocate for immigration reform. Special guests include former FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel and former U.S. Congressman Mike Honda. Special remarks by current U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren.

This talk is part of a speaker series that centers on the impacts of the U.S. Constitution.

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Rep Yo’ Flag

Saturday, January 22, 2022 – CLOSED
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
FREE | Youth (11-18)
Pacific Hotel, History Park

This 90-minute workshop aims to facilitate the development of identity for youth! Facilitator Joyel Hames will provide language and context to the ever-evolving world of queer studies in a way that is palatable for the LGBTQIA+ youth and allies.

Participants will get to actively learn about their own identities in a safe space and create a flag that represents their intersectional identities.

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Rep Yo’ Flag

Saturday, February 12, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
FREE | General
Outdoor Plaza, History Park

Please join three of our LGBTQ Santa Clara County Superior Court Judges as they discuss their lives and careers. This is the first time that local out judges have come together. You don’t want to miss it.

Panelists include Judge Julie Emede, Judge Charles Adams, and Judge Jessica Delgado, and the conversation will be moderated by State Appellate Court Justice Mary Greenwood.

Profiles of each judge are available on the QueerSiliconValley.org website.

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Public Faces, Secret Lives: Book Talk with Wendy Rouse

Saturday, February 19, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
FREE | General
Empire Firehouse (2nd Floor), History Park

Public Faces, Secret Lives: A Queer History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement reverses over a century of historical erasure to restore queer suffragists to their rightful place in the history of the struggle for women’s right to vote. SJSU Professor Wendy Rouse highlights the personal and professional alliances that queer suffragists built and the innovative strategies they developed to protect and preserve their most intimate relationships— relationships that were ultimately crucial to the success of the suffrage movement.

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Exhibit Partners & Sponsors

We would like to thank our exhibit partners Exhibit Envoy and the BAYMEC Community Foundation.

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the County of Santa Clara’s Historic Grant Program.

About Clyde Arbuckle

Clyde Arbuckle was instrumental in preserving San José’s history by collecting historic materials, and founding the San José Historical Museum, which later became History San José. Find out more about Arbuckle’s contributions to local history and his legacy at History San José.

About the Pacific Hotel

The Pacific Hotel was originally located at 74-80 South Market Street in downtown San José, near the Plaza de César Chavez. The first hotel at this location was founded in 1860, but the Pacific Hotel itself was not opened until 1880. Charles Schiele, a Prussian immigrant and former waiter, purchased the property, then known as Otter’s Hotel, and was the first owner of the Pacific Hotel. Schiele remained in charge for seven years, until he sold the hotel to Julius Neifing and Jacob Schlenker and was elected to the San José City Council. Schlenker owned the hotel with different business partners until 1903, when he sold it to George Pfeffer. The Pacific Hotel remained in business until July 1907, when the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company bought the building. Read more.