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It's Picnic Season!
Hello, friends and supporters!

What's going on at History Park?

While the education programs are on break for the summer, the park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m with O'Brien's Ice Cream Parlor and G&A's Gift Shop open on weekends from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The remodeling of the Bay Area Glass Institute is well underway, with a new roof over their hot shop, brand new restroom facilities, and improved sidewalk entry.

Air conditioning has been upgraded at the Pacific Hotel, and restrooms at the lobby floor are being renovated.

Whether you're looking for a peaceful stroll, or ready to "battle" in the next Pokémon raid, we've got 14 acres of historic buildings and shaded picnic areas for casual gatherings, summer concerts, festivals, and weddings. Let's get out and enjoy the summer!

Cheers, from your friends at History San José!
Roof Construction at the Bay Area Glass Institute
Cranes bringing new HVAC units to the Pacific Hotel building
Join us for the 4th of July
Wednesday, July 4 - 4th of July Members' Picnic Day
5 p.m. until the end of fireworks

We’re getting ready for another HSJ Members Only Fourth of July event at History Park! 

It’s an old fashioned evening starting with Members setting up their own picnic and table decorations; riding the trolley; playing in the park, and getting treats at O’Brien’s Ice Cream & Candy Parlor.

We provide picnic tables and a huge BBQ grill. Our neighbors at the San José Giants provide the spectacular fireworks to end the evening. Members have a private front row seat to watch the show!

Parking is on the grounds. Enter at 635 Phelan Avenue for parking within History Park.
Have you joined or renewed your membership? Click below or call 408-521-5034.
Events at History Park
635 Phelan Ave, San Jose, 95112
Festivals and Celebrations

Sunday, July 22 - Shiny Side Up
Bicycle Showcase
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday, August 4 - Spirit of '45 Dance Party
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday, August 4 - Spirit of '45 Celebration
honors the legacy of the men and women of the World War II generation
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Sat-Sun August 25-26 - Italian Family Festa
Experience authentic Italian arts, entertainment, carfts of "La Vita Dolce Italiana".
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 9 - San José Mini Maker Faire
Showcasing hobbyists, builders, and innovators
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 23
16th Annual Antique Autos in History Park presented by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club and History San José
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Contact us at assistevents@historysanjose.org and 408-918-1045 for event reservations
History Park is closed on the following dates:

Wednesday, July 4 - Members Only Event
History San Jose sites and offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in celebration of Independence Day.
5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 14 - Private Event

Saturday, July 21 - open during the day
Christmas in July annual fundraiser for Christmas in the Park - Tickets available here.
5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 18 - Private Event
Sign of the Times: Urban Sketches of Vintage Signs by Suhita Shirodkar
On display at the Leonard & David McKay Gallery in the Pasetta House
through December 23, 2018, every Sat-Sun 12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suhita at show2
Patricia Silva (Heritage Bank)
with the artist, Suhita Shirodkar
Westside Billiards Sign
101 Artifacts
The Incubator and the Ecophone
Echophone  HSJ #2003-1-435
Echophone HSJ #2003-1-435
Poultry Incubator HSJ #1991-203-1
Poultry Incubator, HSJ #1991-203-1
Albert W. Bessey founded the Jubilee Incubator Company in Sunnyvale. The company patented a redesigned poultry incubator that replaced internal kerosene lamps with externally supplied hot water.

The new design allowed for even heating and greatly reduced the risk of fire. The incubator was sold worldwide. In an early example of Santa Clara Valley venture capitalism, a portion of the poultry company's earnings were given to Bessey's son, Arthur, to start his own business, The Radio Shop. In the 1920s, Bessey's new company mass produced a radio kit, the Echophone.

History San José's collection includes examples of both the incubator, donated by Linda Morrison, and a Echophone Model J, part of the Perham Collection of Early Electronics.

In this case, the chicken did indeed come before the radio! 

Ken Middlebrook
Curator of Collections

We would love to hear from you!