HSJ E-News
September / 28 / 2017
New Exhibit Coming to History Park:
In the Fields of the North / En los campos del norte
Opening October 26, 2017 

Manuel Garcia, a farm worker
from Esteli, Nicaragua, shows
the juice from trimming
tobacco plants on his hands
and arms /
Manuel García, un trabajador
agrícola de Estelí, Nicaragua,
muestra sus manos y brazos
manchadas de jugo por
recortar las plantas
de tabaco.
Photograph by David Bacon
A new exhibition chronicling the lives of contemporary 
migrant farm workers is on display in the Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel from October 26, 2017 to June 3, 2018. The exhibit features photojournalist David Bacon's evocative photographs alongside moving oral narratives from migrant farm workers.

The exhibition, fully translated into both English and Spanish, gives viewers a reality check on the food they eat and the lives of the people who harvest it. Traveling with migrant workers as the fruit and harvest season moves from the Mexican border to Washington state,  In the Fields of the North / En los campos del norte 
sheds light on some basic questions: How much do we know about the lives of the people who feed us? Where do they live? How does it feel to do some of the hardest repetitive labor imaginable? And what answers do farm workers themselves have to end their poverty and endless migration?

Photographer, journalist, and activist David Bacon has spent over three decades documenting the lives of migrant workers, building upon his previous work as a union organizer. The exhibition is based upon the book of the same name, recently published by University of California Press. As Kent Wong, Director of the UCLA Labor Center, writes, "Bacon captures the humanity of workers who work each day in demanding physical labor, in the hot sun, and for poverty wages. This is one of the few publications that captures the authentic stories of California farm workers, through their own voices and with the images of their living and working conditions." Bacon is also the author of The Children of NAFTA, Communities Without Borders, Illegal People, and The Right to Stay Home.

In the Fields of the North / En los campos del norte is open Tuesday - Sunday, 11:00am - 4:30pm, from 
October 26, 2017 to June 3, 2018 in the Arbuckle Gallery in the Pacific Hotel at History Park.

In This Issue
Celebrate San Jose's 240th year at Happy Birthday San Jose!
Sunday October 14, 11:00a - 4:00p  at the Peralta-Fallon Historic Site

Celebrate our City's 240th birthday at its oldest home - the Peralta Adobe! Explore the Adobe, have a slice of birthday cake, see the Los Lupeños de San José dancers, and participate in a variety of hands-on activities. Then venture across the street to the Victorian-era Fallon House and take a family-friendly tour that includes birthday games in the parlor.
Admission: Activity Tickets $5, Tour Tickets $5. FREE for HSJ Members!
2017 San Jose Mini Maker Faire!
Photo courtesy of CB Photo Design Studio 
Big thanks to everyone who braved the heat to join us for our 3rd Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire! Special thanks to our sponsors - Robert J. Bettencourt, the San Jose Water Company, Assembly Member Ash Kalra, and City Council Members: Chappie Jones, Sylvia Arenas, and Johnny Khamis! Big thanks to John Paulson and Carla Bohnett for documenting this year's event!

Checkout highlights from the Faire in this piece from the Mercury News here. See more photos, courtesy of CB Photo Design Studio, of the day's festivities here
Collection Corner

Mount Umunhum Reunuion
From 1958 to 1980, Mount Umunhum was the location of the Almaden Air Force Station, part of a Cold War radar warning system to watch over the nation's airspace. The former mountain top base reopened this month as a new park. This month, the Umunhum Conservancy hosted a reunion of former Almaden Air Force Station servicemen, featuring Station artifacts from the History San Jos
é Collection. Learn more

A Year in the Life of a Spanish Colonial Pueblo
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, and in partnership with Google Arts & Culture, HSJ has created a new online exhibit on the Spanish-Mexican Records of the Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe from the History San José Collection. Explore the exhibit here.


Third Annual San José Poetry Festival
Sunday & Sunday, October 21 & 22, 9:00am - 5:00pm
History Park
Tickets: $5 - $30
Join Poetry Center San Jos é as they celebrate our community's diverse ethnic and cultural heritage with a wide range of topics and literary styles reflected in performances, a small press fair on Saturday, and workshops Sunday. Get tickets and learn more at:

In the Fields of the North / En los campos del norte
HSJ Member & VIP Reception
Wednesday, October 25, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
History Park
HSJ Members, celebrate the opening of our newest exhibit,  In the Fields of the North/ En los campos del norte . See the evocative black and white images by photojournalist, David Bacon, following field workers as the fruit and harvest season moves from the Mexican border to Washington State. Meet Mr. Bacon and have a first look at this new exhibit. RSVP to jevins@historysanjose.org .

Not an HSJ Member? Click here to renew or join today, or call 408.521.5034.

Bay Area Hmong New Year Festival
Saturday, Novem ber 4, 9:00am - 5:00pm
History Park
Free Admission!
Happy New Year! Or as the Hmong say, Nyob zoo xyoo tshiab! Hosted by Councilmember Tam Nguyen, this celebration highlights the Hmong community, promoting Hmong history and culture, and features: performances, children's activities, food, and much more throughout the day!

Talk by Dr. Francisco Jiménez
Sunday, November 12, 2:00pm
History Park - Empire Firehouse
Tickets: $5 HSJ Members / $8 General Public
Author and educator Francisco Jiménez emigrated from Mexico and worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University. His books have been published in
five languages and his four-book series has been included in the American Library Association Booklist's 50 Best Young Adult Books of All Time. Join us to hear the incredible story of Dr. Jiménez's life. Click here for tickets!