Firehouse Talks
Historic Bay Area Visionaries with Robin Chapman
February 2
SATURDAY 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Empire Firehouse at History Park, 635 Phelan Ave, San Jose 95112
Historic Bay Area Visionaries
New Book by Robin Chapman

Journalist, historian, and native of Los Altos, Robin Chapman, tells the story of the Bay Area with perspectives from six visionaries:

General:  $10

History San José Members, Volunteers, & Affiliates:  $5

This event is wheelchair accessible.

Parking is available inside History Park Grounds.
Purchase tickets at the door or online:
Lunar New Year at History Park
Lunar New Year Festival & Film Premier with Silicon Valley Reads 2019
February 17
SUNDAY 12 - 3:30 p.m.
Chinese American Historical Museum
Lion dancers bring good luck and fortune to all. Photo courtesy of Yucaipa Kwock
Come celebrate Year of the Pig 🐖 with the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project (CHCP). You won’t want to miss this family event!

Festivities include:
  • lion dancing
  • Chinese music
  • children’s crafts
  • storytelling
  • film screening of Finding Samuel Lowe

The film screening is possible in part by Silicon Valley Reads 2019 : Finding Identity in Family History .

This documentary is about an African American family that discovers its Chinese ancestry:

With the support of her brothers and the help of encouraging strangers, Paula eventually pieced together the full story of her grandfather's life, following his story from China to Jamaica and back, and connecting with 300 surprised relatives who were overjoyed to meet her.

VTA Bus lines 25 and 73 stop half a block from the museum.

Park for free on local streets or use the San José City parking lot on Phelan Avenue ($6).
History Park Exhibitions
Breaking the Mold - Philip Krayna
Breaking the Mold: San José's Oldest Foundry
Photographs by Philip Krayna
Arbuckle Gallery at History Park
12 - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Friday
Now through - July 21, 2019

McKay Collection Mt Lyell Yosemite 1985 by Anthony Quartuccio
Mt. Lyell, Yosemite (1985), painting by Anthony Quartuccio

SUNDAY 2 - 4:30 p.m.
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

Leonard & David McKay Gallery
12 - 4 p.m. weekends
March 16 - December 15, 2019
Pasetta House

Thank you to Lead Sponsor, Robert J. Bettencourt!
McKay- Collector's Passion
Pacheco Pass , painting by Andrew P. Hill
Save the Date!
What's Next
March 10 - Member & VIP Reception at Leonard & David McKay Gallery
SUNDAY 2 - 4:30 p.m. Pasetta House at History Park

April 14 - 35th Annual VW Car Show
SUNDAY 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. History Park

April 27 - Bay Area Printers' Faire & Wayzgoose
SATURDAY 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Print Shop at History Park
From the Collection
The Pathfinders Club Records document a local women's hiking club founded in 1926, which met monthly for hikes all around the Bay Area, welcoming "all lovers of the outdoors."
Pathfinders enjoying a picnic at Capitola Beach #1978-127-151
You can find more photos of their outings by visiting our online catalog
Pathfinders at Wrights: Pathfinders at Wrights Bridge #1978-127-108
History Park
635 Phelan Ave, San José, 95112
12 p.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends
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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