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Tickets On Sale 
for the 
Heritage Holiday Champagne Tea!
Join us Saturday, December 10 for an afternoon of scrumptious creations and tasty tea, featuring exclusive blends from Satori Tea & champagne by the Guglielmo Winery

Seatings available for
11:00am & 2:00pm.
To purchase tickets, contact Juanita Lara at 408.918.1045 or
Print of the Month
This month we are featuring a hand-tinted photo of the redwoods at the entrance of Big Basin Redwood Park, by A.P. Hill, c.1910.
Click here to check out this image and hundreds more available for purchase from our online 

Each photograph you buy supports the History San José Research Library.

Dear Friends,

Fall is here and things are in full swing at History Park. Recently we held our annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner to thank our amazing volunteers, some of whom have been volunteering at History Park for more than 30 years! See more images from the event here. This year we paid special recognition to John Zielinski, for contributing his time and talent repairs and improvements to History Park's facilities.

Again, we would like to give a big 'THANK YOU' to all of our fantastic volunteers for their service, devotion and commitment to History San José. None of the work we do would be possible without you! 

To learn more about volunteering opportunities with History San Jos é, click here

Until next time, 
Alida J. Bray
President & CEO
This IS San Jose  Photography Exhibition 
On Display at the San Jose City Hall Wing
Opening  Reception: Thursday, October 27, 
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Presented by History San José, This IS San Jose is the culmination of a city-wide juried photography exhibition. Photographers of all skill levels were invited to submit images that showcase the richness and diversity that is San Jose. Traditional photographs were selected as well as images submitted on Instagram from community members.See some of the Instagram photos people shared here. 
Join us for the exhibit opening reception in the San Jose City Hall Rotunda, Thursday, October 27 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Admission is free! Click here to RSVP. The exhibit will be on display through April 2017.
Hands-on History Days:
Haunt History Park
Sunday, October 30, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Adults and kids, come dressed in your Halloween best for an afternoon full of family fun! Trick-or-treat around our historic town; go on a story walk; play fun Halloween games; create unique art and crafts; and shake a tail feather on the Plaza with our DJ. Admission: Adults & Kids Ages 3+: $8. Free admission for HSJ Members! 
Catch it before it's gone - Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History
If you haven't seen it yet be sure to catch our fantastic exhibit, Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History . D iscover the fascinating and largely unknown history of the foremothers of modern tattooing prior to WWII. The exhibit explores Native American women proudly receiving tattoos as an important rite of passage, upper-class women who started the tattooing trend, the working-class Tattooed Ladies who graced the stages of circus sideshows, and some of the first female tattoo artists in California; as well as artwork from local contemporary female tattoo artists.

Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History is open Saturdays & Sunday from 11:00am - 4:30pm in the Leonard & David McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House in History Park. Exhibit Closes: Saturday, December 31, 2016. 
Collections Corner

Empire Firehouse Update

Work continues on History Park's Empire Firehouse to transform it into a brand new interactive exhibit space. Recently several historic fire vehicles from the San Jose Fire Museum were moved into the space, including a Hand Drawn Chemical Fire Cart, c.1890, and a Hand Drawn Hose Cart, c.1880 - both restored by HSJ Volunteers. Work has just begun on installing large scale photo murals in the space. The one seen here features an image, c.1885, of a fire station formerly located on North Market Street with horse-drawn engines and firefighters standing in front. Stay tuned for more updates!

Archive Crawl

Ever wanted to take a peek behind the scenes at History San José? Saturday, October 22 is your chance! As part of the Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl, our Curators will be leading special tours of the HSJ Collections Center, which houses more than half a million artifacts!

The Collections Center is located across the street from History Park at 1661 Senter Road and will be open from 10:00am - 3:00pm on Saturday, Oct. 22.  

For more information on the  Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl, click here.

Museum Mysteries - What is that?!

Can you guess what this object is or what it was used for? Email your responses to , and one lucky person with the correct response will win a special prize  courtesy of History San José!  We'll post the answer in next month's  newsletter .

 Last Month's Object
Did you figure out what last month's artifact was? If you guessed fire extinguisher , you are correct. This was World War II Civil Defense fire extinguisher. Papers accompanying this object stated, "Early in our entry into WWII, the West Coast was concerned about attack and bombing from Japan. A program of blackouts and block wardens and assistants were instituted. To combat possible fires, Civilian Defense issued water pump fire extinguishers to wardens and assistants. These were kept in the wardens' side yards at the ready for several years. After the war, the extinguishers were not collected and remained in case of need. This extinguisher found further use in the San Antonio Valley East of Mt. Hamilton for many years. It was used to fight a wild land fire in 1952." 
Upcoming Events

Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl
Saturday, October 22
10:00am - 3:00pm
HSJ Collections Center 
Free Admission

As part of the Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl, take a tour with our curators of HSJ's Collections Center and Library and Archives. The Collections Center is located across the street from History Park at 1661 Senter Road. 

This IS San Jose Exhibit Reception
Thursday, October 27
5:30pm - 7:30pm
San Jose City Hall Rotunda

Come celebrate the opening of the This IS San Jose, a
juried photography exhibit. See photos from the community that capture the many faces of San Jose. Click here to RSVP

Hands-on History Days: Haunt History Park
Sunday, October 30
11:00am - 3:00pm
History Park
Adults & Kids Ages 3+: $8
HSJ Members Free

This scare-free annual event has become a tradition, with trick-or-treating, arts and crafts activities and much more! Trick-or-treating stations will be set up at the historic homes in History Park, so don't miss out. 

Hands-on History Days: 
Happy Birthday San Jose 
Sunday, November 13
11:00am - 3:00pm
Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site
Fallon House Tour Tickets: $5;  Activity Tickets: $5
HSJ Members Free

Celebrate San Jose's 239th birthday at the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site. Have a slice of cake; explore the Perlata Adobe and Fallon House; make historic arts and crafts and much more!

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