Joy and Light, Merry and Bright!

Holiday Fun for All Families!
December 2
SUNDAY 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
History Park, 635 Phelan Ave, San Jose 95112

This event has been moved to Sunday to favor the weather!
Children's Heritage Holiday
Crafting with volunteers at the Chinese American Historical Museum and Chinese Historical and Cultural Project
Join us for an old-fashioned holiday at History Park, decorated for the holidays thanks to our resident Elves.

Special Guests:
  • Characters from The San José Nutcracker
  • Santa arrives at 12 p.m!

  • Demonstrations of blacksmithing, woodworking, and glass blowing with BAGI
  • Make your own own gift tags with the San José Printers Guild, Kwanzaa cards with the African American Heritage House, and hand-made gifts and decorations at our craft tables
  • Face painting with Colorful Faces by Liora 
  • And as always, we’ll have trolley and hand-car rides thanks to the California Trolley & Railroad Corporation.
Children: Free for up to 4 children, and $5 for each additional child
General: $10 per Adult
Members: Flash your membership card or check-in for free entry!

Children's Heritage Holiday
Experience the Trolley Line
heritage holiday 2017
Holiday Cheer for All
heritage holiday 2017
Crafting Together
Highlights from November
Happy 241ˢᵗ Birthday San José! 🎂
November 3
happy birthday 2018
Grupo Folklórico Los Lupeños de San José  (Mexican Folk Dance Company)
Children's Heritage Holiday 2018
November 29 is the actual San José Founder’s Day, though we celebrated early on November 3 with performances by Los Lupeños of San José Juvenil , demonstrations, traditional arts and crafts, and tours of the Peralta Adobe and Fallon House.

History San José wishes to thank our MC and Boardmember Sean O’Kane and speakers Lety Recio of Los Lupeños, Sandra Soto and Christopher Moylen representing Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and Congressman Ro Khanna , Supervisor Ken Yeager , Mayor Sam Liccardo , Consul General of Mexico for San José Juan Manual Calderón Jaimes , and to Kanyon Sayers-Roods for blessing the day. 

Thanks also go to our partners at the San Pedro Square Market as well as all who participated.
Photo credit: Dan Charm and Sandra Murillo
November 15
SJMA and SJZ Boom Box in #NewTerrains at History Park
San José Museum of Art (SJMA) recently opened New Terrains: Mobility & Migration , a collaborative project with more than 30 community partners. The Project features cross-disciplinary exhibits and programs throughout Silicon Valley exploring topics such as public transportation, urban planning, immigration and migration, with one of the programs held at History Park.

Montalvo’s Lucas Artist Residents, Stephanie Elyse Sherman and Agustina Woodgate of , rolled into History Park in a semi-autonomous Tesla to do a live international radio broadcast under the light tower.

Their program featured emerging jazz musicians playing live on the SJZ Boom Box stage, and an interview with film maker Thomas Wohlmut talking about his film The Light Between Two Towers featuring the San José light tower’s history.

Ongoing Exhibits at History Park
signs Suhita food
Closing soon! Last chance to see...
Sign of the Times: Urban Sketches of Vintage Signs by Suhita Shirodkar
Leonard & David McKay Gallery
Saturday-Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.
March 18 - December 23
Pasetta House, History Park

Breaking the Mold - Philip Krayna
Breaking the Mold: San José's Oldest Foundry
Photographs by Philip Krayna
Arbuckle Gallery at History Park
Tuesday - Friday 12 - 5 p.m.
September 26 - July 21

Save the Date!
What's Next
December 2 - Children's Heritage Holiday
Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at History Park

December 8 - Heritage Holiday Tea (SOLD OUT!)
Saturday 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Renzel Room at History Park

December 24-26, 31, & January 1 History San José Sites Closed
Offices and park are closed on these dates
History Park remains open on weekends

February 2 - Firehouse Talks: Bay Area Visionaries with Robin Chapman
Saturday (Time TBA), Empire Firehouse at History Park
Children's Heritage Holiday
Crafting for the whole family at Children's Heritage Holiday
Part 3 of the Heritage Holiday Series
From the Collection
Building Model of Valley Fair Mall
In the early 1950's, Macy's attempted to build a store in downtown San José but was blocked in an effort led by their competitors, Hart's and J. C. Penny's department stores. Macy’s parent company, R. H. May & Co. instead developed a new shopping center located in far west San José near the border of Santa Clara.

The project was the second mall designed by Victor Gruen, a Los Angeles based architect acknowledged as “the pioneer of modern shopping centers.” 
Architect's model of the proposed Valley Fair center, scaled at 53"x55"
For more information about this model, visit our online catallog #1997-3X-85 
The Valley Fair Shopping Center opened on August 10, 1956. The new mall was a huge success and drew shoppers away from downtown San José, which had been the region's retail and social destination for nearly a century.
History Park
635 Phelan Ave, San José, 95112
12 p.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends
Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday
Leonard & David McKay Gallery at Pasetta House, G&A's Gift Shop, and O'Brien's Ice Cream Parlor
12 p.m. - 5 p.m. weekends only
For rental information, contact and  408-918-1045 
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