Announcing New Programs
March brings us to Women's History Month and Portuguese Immigrant Week! With spring on the way and summer not far ahead, we are ready to kick off our event season!

Hundreds of Volkswagens motor toward History Park on Sunday, April 14, for the largest annual VW Car Show in the state.

Saturday, April 27, San José Printers Guild will host the Bay Area Printers' Fair & Wayzgoose—what’s a Wayzgoose you ask? Come and find out! 
Portuguese Heritage Society
table setting
March 16 - Portuguese Immigrant Week Open House
Saturday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Portuguese Historical Museum, History Park
VW Car Show 2019
History Park events
April 14 - 35th Annual VW Car Show
Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
History Park
April 27 - Printers' Faire and Wayzgoose
Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
History Park
Exhibitors registration is still open. Don't wait! Register now!
We are especially excited to announce two new events this year! 
Starting in May, we debut the History Park Concert and Outdoor Cinema Series.
Cult and classic films and local music illuminate History Park each month through October. Bring your blankets and pillows, stake out a spot on the lawn for your family and friends, and be prepared for a great night of entertainment, food trucks, and local brews under the stars. What could be better! 

Then in June, get ready for a Country Fair at History Park with a historical twist. We open our doors and historic vehicles roll out, filling the park with amusement rides, pony rides, fun food, and activities for the entire family.
For a recap of the book signing for African Americans of San José and Santa Clara County, visit our blog.
New Exhibit at History Park
A Collector's Passion:
100 Years of Paintings Inspired by the McKay Collection
A Collection of historic paintings by Santa Clara artists, compiled over 55 years by local historian Leonard McKay
History San José thanks Robert J. Bettencourt, the lead sponsor of this exhibition.
March 10 - Gallery Reception
SUNDAY 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Leonard & David McKay Gallery at History Park

McKay- Collector's Passion
Pacheco Pass , painting by Andrew P. Hill
Breaking the Mold - Philip Krayna
Pouring metal from the crucible into to molds
Breaking the Mold: San José's Oldest Foundry
Photographs by Philip Krayna
Arbuckle Gallery at History Park
12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday
No w through - Jul y 21, 2019

Buffalo Crossing McKay Collection
Buffalo Crossing (1914), painting by Astley David Middleton Cooper (1856-1924)
A Collector's Passion:
100 Years of Paintings Inspired by the McKay Collection
Leonard & David McKay Gallery
12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Weekends
March 16 - December 15, 2019

Save the Date!
From the Collection
In honor of Women's History Month we remember the early pioneer women who went into business for themselves, running everything from farm operations to boarding houses, seminaries and even stagecoach lines. Their businesses are documented at History San José and the Santa Clara County Archives through "Sole Trader" records.  
Sole trader Records
Sole trader notice
Sole trader Records
Sole trader notice
On the 12th of April 1852, the California Legislature approved a statute that proclaimed that “Married women shall have the right to carry on and transact business under their own name, and on their own account, by complying with the regulations prescribed in this act.”
Sole trader Records
Written application to run a girls' school
Sole Trader Notice
Julia Pelarey
Legal notice: Sole Trader Declarations; Declaration of Julia Pelarey (08/11/1858)
After jumping through plenty of hoops, these "sole traders" were allowed to run their businesses and collect revenues completely separate from their husbands.
See the record in our Collections to read the full transcription.
Learn more by visiting The Legal Genealogist
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. - 4 p.m. Weekends only
Arbuckle Gallery at the Pacific Hotel
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday
For rental information, contact and  408-918-1048 
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