Dear Friends of History San José,

It’s October, time for pumpkin picking, hot apple cider and Christmas! Yes I said Christmas! As I write this note Christmas in the Park is busy transforming History Park into a Winter Wonderland. Since it will take some time for all of History Park to be transformed, the Park will be closed to visitors between October 19 and January 19. 

Just because History Park will be closed that doesn’t mean that we have to stop giving tours. I am happy to say that the Gonzales/Peralta Adobe and the Carmel & Thomas Fallon House will reopen for private tours every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 am, by reservation starting October 21st. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit our website,

Please join us, whether in person on a tour of the Adobe and Fallon House or online with one of our public programs on Zoom. I am sure we have planned something that you will enjoy!

Be on the lookout for the launch of our newest program: Historic Walking Tours of Downtown San José!

Be well and be safe,

Bill Schroh, Jr.
President & CEO
History San José
Virtual Field Trips!
Thank you to Alicelee Ewan, a longtime HSJ Education volunteer, and her family for their .memorial donation. Their support has enabled History San José to offer virtual field trips that weave together live instruction with museum educators, multimedia displays of primary source materials, and interactive activities. Register today!
2020 Holiday Ornament
History San José is pleased to offer this limited edition brass replica of historic Trolley Car 124. Enjoy it on your holiday tree, or as a decoration around your house.
Christmas in the Park - A Drive Thru Holiday!

We are excited to share that Christmas in the Park and History San José have teamed up this year to create Christmas in the Park – A Drive Thru Holiday! at History Park. The event will take place from November 27 to January 3, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets go on sale September 15.
Visit Christmas in the Park's website for more information.
Upcoming Events
Thu, October 29, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Mine: El Despojo de María Zacarías Bernal de Berreyesa
Online Event
$7 General | Free for Members

Mine tells the struggles of María Zacarías Bernal de Berreyesa, a Californio whose family helped settle the entire Bay Area. She lost ten beloved men, the Almaden mines, and her south San José ranch to American "heroes." Come listen to author Jenny Clendenen as she recounts Zacarías' remarkable true story and how it intertwined with her own life.
Thu, November 5, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Under the Almond Trees
Online Event
$7 General | Free for Members

Under the Almond Trees traces the lives of three women with unusual dreams in pioneer California. History San José invites you to a conversation with the book's author, Linda Ulleseit, as she explores how her family's genealogy led her to write about the unsung stories of women in history.
Fri, November 13, 2020 | 12:30 PM
Portraits of the Past: 100 Years Ago
Online Event
$7 General | Free for Members

Portraits of the Past will showcase historical vignettes that are entertaining and fun, and tell true stories of Silicon Valley from 100 years ago. Proceeds from this online event will benefit History San José's educational programs.
Sat, December 5, 2020 | 1:00 PM
Virtual Heritage Holiday Tea
Online Event
$30 for Everyone

Our Virtual Holiday Heritage Tea will include a delicious International Afternoon Tea package from The Shop by Chef Baca. Pick-up your meal at History Park on the morning of December 5th. Join Bill Schroh, Jr, President & CEO of History San José, on Zoom at 1:00 pm to learn the origin of afternoon tea, and receive a lesson on the proper use of a tea service.
The Fight for Woman's Suffrage
One hundred years ago, the 19th amendment was ratified, and women were finally granted the right to vote in the United States. Celebrate the centennial of women's suffrage with a new exhibition at Los Altos History Museum, and don't miss the special outdoor exhibit displayed along the wrap-around porch of the J. Gilbert Smith House.
In the Community



We would like to thank the Connie L. Lurie College of Education Alumni Association of San Jose State University for getting the school house painted and spruced up just in time for our Christmas in the Park event.

Tiger Spirit: Chinese American WWII Veterans of the China-Burma-India Theatre
The Chinese Historical and Cultural Project (CHCP) is screening this film in the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Film Festival (virtual). It is part of a 75th Anniversary film package commemorating World War II; The festival runs Oct. 8th-12th.
Other film offerings available
Oct. 2nd-10th.
The California Pioneers of Santa Clara County and their volunteers are active and vital during this time, focusing their energies on building their digital film collections and online database, improving their membership experience, and undertaking a construction project designed to improve the accessibility of the 1836 Roberto Adobe & Suñol House Museum in Willow Glen, through a generous grant from the Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Commission.
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