Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel

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

Opening June 26, 2021

Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm

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 27th
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
FREE for All
Pacific Hotel, History Park


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 18th
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
FREE for All
History Park

LGBTQ+ activist Judy Rickard married the love of her life, English-immigrant Karin Bogliolo in 2008. Although they were legally wed, their marriage wasn’t recognized by the federal government due to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. She took it upon herself to advocate for same-sex binational families like hers, applying for a green card for her wife with The DOMA Project and writing a book about her experience.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 ruled section three of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, allowing married, same-sex binational couples to sponsor spouses for immigration. That same year President Obama recognized Judy Rickard as a Cesar Chavez Champion of Change for Immigration and she spoke on a panel at the White House.

After 2013, Judy was able to sponsor her wife and Karin Bogliolo is now a U.S. citizen.

Come listen to her story.

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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.

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