HSJ E-News
February / 10 / 2017

                                                                                                                      Photo by   Dave Monley Photography
New Exhibit Coming to History Park!

It's a new year and we have a new exhibit coming soon to History Park - Fashion to Die For: A Shopper's Dilemma, featuring selections from History San Jos é's extensive textile collection.

From dangerous labor conditions, to the use of lethal chemicals and the killing of animals in the name of fashion, this exhibit explores the clothing and garment industry's past - with a particular focus on San Jose. Learn about some of the unintended consequences and victims from the fashion boom of the early 20th century, as well as the problems that still plague this industry and shoppers today.

Special thanks to our exhibit sponsors: Bonnie and Marvin Bamburg, Elizabeth and David Monley and Kathleen Watson! 

Join us on March 19 for the opening of Fashion to Die For: A Shopper's Dilemma, on display at the Leonard & David McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House in History Park and stay tuned for more updates on this upcoming exhibit.
In This Issue
Help Ensure That the Arts & Humanities 
Are  Accessible to ALL Americans!

You may have seen news reports following
the 2016 election suggesting that the
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) could face potential elimination. Join History San Jos é and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in advocating for these invaluable agencies by writing your members of Congress. Use the AAM template letter and personalize your message in just a few clicks. Help us ensure that the arts and humanities are available for everyone! 
Poster by  Micah Bezan
Everyon e Welcome at History Park

We encourage you to visit History Park and join us at our many diverse cultural events throughout the year. History San José has always focused on working with all communities on building positive relationships and we want to continue be a part of the ongoing conversation on tolerance and acceptance. 

We look forward to continuing to welcome members, donors, visitors, families and friends at History San José!


 Collections Corner

Celebrating Black History Month: Ray Norton
In celebration of Black History Month checkout our blog post on San Jose track legend Ray Norton. Recruited to San Jose State by coach Bud Winters, Norton became the worlds fastest man, breaking world records and becoming the world's top rated sprinter. Read more

Laurence Hollings Drawings for Frontier Village at History San José!
Checkout our latest blog post on Laurence Hollings, the principal designer for San Jose's famed Frontier Village Amusement Park! Born in South Africa, Hollings settled in San Francisco with his mother when he was 14, where he started his career making theater fronts for movie premieres.  Read more.

New Artifact Drives into the HSJ Collection
Earlier this month History San José received a new addition to the Collection - a working 1940 Chevy Pickup Truck. The truck was donated by Marie Gairaud and belonged to her husband Louis. The truck arrived at HSJ on the 6th anniversary of his passing. We are honored to add Louis' truck to the Collection and will have it operating at various History Park events. Again, our sincere thanks go out to Marie Gairaud for this generous donation. 

M useum Mystery - What is That?!

                                                                                                              Photo by  Dave Monley Photography
Can you guess what this object is or what it was used for? Email your responses to
jevins@historysanjose.org, 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 electric cauterizer, you are correct!  Made by the National Electric Instrument Company of Long Island, New York in about 1920, instruments like these were used by doctors and medics to stop severe bleeding or close amputations by burning the tissue to seal off the wound. This cauterizer was donated to HSJ by The Health Trust in 1998. 

Upcoming Events

Book Signing & Discussion with Tom Zaniello
Author of California's Lamson Murder Mystery: The Depression Era Case that Divided Santa Clara County
Wednesday, February 22 at 6:30pm 
Fallon House, 175 West Saint John Street 
Admission $5, HSJ Members Free!

On Memorial Day 1933, Stanford executive David
Lamson found his wife, Allene, dead in their Palo Alto
home. As the only suspect, he became the face of California's most sensational murder trial of the century.

After a judge sentenced him to hang at San Quentin prison, a team of Stanford colleagues stepped in to form the Lamson Defense Committee. They managed to overturn the verdict and incite a series of heated retrials that gripped and divided the community.

Was Lamson the victim of aggressive prosecutors, or was he a master of deception whose connections helped him get away with murder? Author and Stanford University alum Tom Zaniello meticulously examines the details of a notorious case with a lingering legacy in his book - California's Lamson Murder Mystery: The Depression Era Case that Divided Santa Clara County. Join us February 22 at the Fallon House, where Tom will be doing a book signing and discusion of the case. 

Space is Limited, so RSVP today! Call 408.521.5034 or email jevins@historysanjose.org
Tickets: $5 at the door,  Free to HSJ Members!

2017 Lunar New Year Celebration!
Presented by the the Chinese Historical & Cultural Project
Sunday, March 5 at History Park
12:00pm - 3:00pm 
Free Admission!

Join the Chinese Historical & Cultural Project to celebrate the Year of Rooster at the Chinese American Historical Museum Replica 1888 Ng Shing Gung Temple at History Park! Enjoy Chinese  instrumental music, cultural dances, hands-on activities for kids and much more! For more info visit:  www.chcp.org  

History San José Spring Tea
Saturday, April 15 with Seatings at 11am & 2pm
Renzel Room in the Pacific Hotel at History Park
Tickets: $40 HSJ Members, $45 Non-Members, 
$50 After March 17

Enjoy a traditional tea with finger sandwiches and sweets at History Park, fe aturing exclusive  blends by  Satori Tea and served by the players of Silicon Valley Shakespeare. Afterwards, take a curator led tour of HSJ's Fashion to Die For exhibit. 

Tickets: $40 HSJ Members, $45 Non Members
$50 After March 17. Contact Juanita Lara for reservations:  408.918.1045 or  jlara@historysanjose.org