New Exhibit at History Park
Breaking the Mold: San José's Oldest Foundry
Photographs by Philip Krayna
Breaking the Mold - Philip Krayna
Breaking the Mold: San José’s Oldest Foundry is a timely exhibition that features the portraits and stories of the oldest metal foundry in San José, and documents the changing face of manufacturing and heavy industry in rapidly-evolving Silicon Valley.

Photographer Philip Krayna shares more than 50 striking images taken at the Kearny Pattern Works & Foundry. The exhibit documents the last months of the Foundry’s operations and ends with the future of manufacturing with examples provided by students from the Industrial Design program at San José State University. 
Arbuckle Gallery at History Park
Tuesday - Friday 12 - 5 p.m.
On display September 26 - July 21

La Raza Historical Society
History San José is proud to welcome new affiliates to History Park: La Raza Historical Society of Santa Clara Valley (LRHSSC)
The organization's President, Fernando Zazueta, explained,

"We call ourselves La Raza because in Spanish the term Raza incorporates all those identified in English as Hispanics."
La Raza Historical Society Opening
Above, left to right: Reverend Jeff Moore, Anita Kwock - Chinese American Historical Museum(CAHM) , Loc Vu - Museum of the Boat People & the Republic of Vietnam, Alida Bray - History San José, Fernando Zazueta - LRHSSCV, Mary Alsheikh & Debbie Gentry-Rao - Portuguese Heritage Society of California (PHSC), Debbie Gong-Guy - CAHM, Barbara Johnson - HSJ
Zazueta continued:

"It includes Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans and the many others from Latin and South America, regardless of race, who have long worked hard to build the wealth of our Valley. We will tell their stories of struggle and triumph.”
La Raza Historical Society Opening
Left to right: Margie Chiechi, Mike Chiechi, and Fernando Zazueta in front of the Chiechi family home
Photos courtesy of Bert Garcia of LRHSSC
Join the Sketchcrawl
Sketchcrawl at History Park with Suhita Shirodkar and Liz Steel
Urban sketchers, Suhita Shirodkar and Liz Steel, lead this free event for artists of all skill levels to sketch historical buildings, locomotives, an old fashioned gas station, candy store, and more. Attendees are welcome to bring a portable chair or stool to sit on during the sketchcrawl.

  • 1:00 p.m. Start at Pasetta House, and sketch around the park. 
  • 3:45 p.m. Meet at O’Brien’s Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Shop to share artwork.
Saturday, October 27
1 - 4 p.m. at History Park
Free event; RSVP here
signs Suhita food
Sign of the Times: Urban Sketches of Vintage Signs by Suhita Shirodkar
Pasetta House at History Park
Saturday-Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.
On display March 18 - December 23

Holiday Fun for the Kids
HAUNT HISTORY PARK! A Scare-Free Event for Children
Sunday, October 28
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at History Park
$10 per Adult, Free for up to 4 children, and $5 for each additional child
Free for Members
Part 1 of the Fall-Winter Hands-On Heritage Series
With the park decorated for the season, children get to experience the fun of trick-or-treating in a small town atmosphere, while safely walking down the streets of History Park or riding the historic trolley.

Cultural partners at History Park celebrate and share their perspective of the season in their own, unique way.

Activities at a glance:

  • Crafting bats at the Chinese American Historical Museum
  • Print your own bookmark on the 1884 Liberty Press with the San José Printers Guild at the Print shop
  • Celebrating El dia de los muertos with La Raza Historical Society of Santa Clara Valley
Save the Date!
Fallon House Talks:
Perspectives on San José History with Former Mayor Tom McEnery
Co-presented by Preservation Action Council of San José (PAC*SJ)
Tom McEnery
Tom McEnery, born and raised in San José, was the city's 61st mayor and served two terms from 1983 to 1991.

As Mayor, Tom McEnery presided over the expansion of San José's infrastructure and resurgence of downtown. We welcome him to the Fallon House to reflect on San José's history and continuing transformation.

  • 5:30 p.m. Meet and Greet
  • 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Speaker Event

$10 General, $5 Members (HSJ/PAC*SJ)

Monday, October 29
Fallon House, 175 W. Saint John Street
What's Next
October 2 7 - Día de los Mu ertos: Poetry with La Raza Historical Society
Saturday 3 p.m. at the Chiechi House, History Park
Free event

November 3 - Happy Birthday San José
Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Peralta Adobe – Fallon House Historic Site
Fallon House tour: $8 General, $5 for Children 7 & under
Free for Members, $5 for activity tickets

December 1 - Children's Heritage Holiday
Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at History Park
$10 per Adult, Free for up to 4 children, and $5 for each additional child
Free for Members

December 8 - Heritage Holiday Tea
Saturday seating for 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Renzel Room at History Park; $45 General , $40 Members
holiday tea
101 Artifacts
26 FMC Pocket Hand Pack Filler, c.1938
This piece of machinery filled cans with food products prior to sealing such as fruits, beets, berries, and tomatoes.  

How does it work? Cans are fed continuously onto a revolving table. Product is then filled into the cans from the center bowl. 

While this machine was manufactured by Food Machinery Corporation in 1938 similar types of machines remain in use throughout the world.
Gift of the Burrel Leonard Estate
History San José Collection
History Park
635 Phelan Ave, San José, 95112
12 p.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends
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 [email protected] and  408-918-1045 
Why join?
Members of History San José enjoy exclusive invitations, free, and discounted admission to private events.