• The 45th Anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's Speech in San Jose's St. James Parkpodium in St. James Park

    This year marks the forty-fifth anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign.  Kennedy had announced his candidacy on March 16, 1968, and he spoke in San Jose’s St.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 4:07 PM | Comments: 0
  • Obituary Searchingfolder magnifying glass

    The library often receives requests from people who would like to obtain a copy of an obituary for a loved one who passed away locally. These requests come from all over the world! For over 150 years, obituaries have appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. Some requests are for those doing genealogical research, and know that many obituaries contain detailed information about long lost family members that can be hard to find elsewhere.
    Posted by: Erin Herzog on Monday, June 24, 2013 - 12:00 AM | Comments: 0
  • Looking Back: The Great Earthquake of 1906Damage to the Dougherty and Louise buildings on Second and San Fernando after the 1906 earthquake

    This month we are looking back at the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake in the City of San José.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 0
  • Looking Back: Agnews State HospitalAgnews Asylum upon completion in 1888.

    This week we are looking back at the Agnews State Hospital. The hospital is most famously known as the site of the greatest loss of life in Santa Clara County after the 1906 earthquake. Eleven officials and over one-hundred patients were crushed when the main treatment building collapsed. But the history of Agnews is more interesting than this grim memory.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 16
  • Looking Back: San Jose's Electric Light Towercolor postcard of downtown San Jose with Light Tower in background

    San José's history is full of interesting stories and anecdotes. The story of the San José Electric Light Tower that spanned the intersection of Market and Santa Clara Streets until 1915 is no different. The electric tower has become a symbol of the city's past.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 1:00 PM | Comments: 2