History Park trolley

Valley of Heart’s Delight Annual Fundraiser

Down By the Station as We Honor Rod Diridon, Sr.

Thursday, October 6, 2022 at History Park

Purchase Tickets / Become a Sponsor

History San José is delighted to announce that this year’s 2022 Valley of Heart’s Delight honoree will be our very own Rod Diridon, Sr.! His dedication to preserving the Valley’s railroad history while simultaneously creating the Valley Transportation Authority is a great example of how the past can influence the present.

Please join us on Thursday, October 6, 2022, 5:30-9:00 pm at History Park as we honor Rod and his transportation legacy.

Rod Diridon, Sr.
Rod Diridon, Sr.

This major fundraiser allows History San José to offer free and low-cost programming for our many school programs that serve more than 10,000 students each year, and our cultural events for the over 100,000 visitors who engage in our hands-on experiences and activities.

We hope you share History San José’s vision of preserving and celebrating our local history and will help us in honoring Rod by purchasing tickets or becoming an event sponsor for our 2022 Valley of Heart’s Delight fundraiser.

Your contribution will help us maintain History San José’s position as one of the leading cultural institutions in Northern California.

Event Details


Business Casual or Railroad attire.


5:30 PM – Cocktail Reception:

  • Indulge in our signature train-themed cocktail
  • Listen to the sounds of the Singing Conductors
  • Enjoy a whiskey tasting provided by 10th Street Distillery
  • Visit the Trolley Barn & be the first to see our new exhibit Rod Diridon, Sr.: A Life of Public Service
  • Ride a historic trolley

6:30 PM – Dinner

7:30 PM – Program honoring Rod Diridon, Sr.

  • Welcome by HSJ Board Chair Liam O’Connor & HSJ President & CEO Bill Schroh, Jr.
  • State Senator Dave Cortese
  • Jaria Jaug, Field Representative — Assemblymember Alex Lee Office-
  • Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, District Chief of Staff — Office of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren
  • Former CTRC President Michael Kotowski
  • Rod Diridon, Sr.

8:30 PM – Fund-A-Need: Help Restore the Coyote Train Depot


Please follow the signs for the Valley of Heart’s Delight event on Senter Road to the Kelley Park sign that says Historical Museum/Japanese Friendship Garden. You will be entering History Park from our new North entrance road located in the K2 parking lot between History Park and the
Japanese Friendship Garden.

Thank you to our Sponsors & Partners

Gordon Biersch Brewing Company logo
10th Street American Whisky logo
Joseph George Fine Wines logo
House of Vivid Designs logo
Handheld Catering logo

Engineer Sponsors

Robert Bettencourt

CTRC logo
Lester Square logo

Fireman Sponsors

Heritage Bank logo
San Pedro Square Market logo

Brakeman Sponsors

Marianne and Carl Salas

Harker School logo

Hostler Sponsors


County Supervisor Ken Yeager (Ret.)

Leslee Hamilton

Debbie Gong-Guy

Brenna Bolger, PRxDigital

Zazueta Family logo
Mineta Transportation Institute logo

Portuguese Historical Museum

Heather Lerner & Jay Alexander

Preservation Action Council of San Jose logo