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Looking Back: A California Boy's Search for America (Part 1)

Ralph looks back at his 1978 hitchhiking trip across the U.S.

Ralph Pearce
04/25/2022 - 9:00 AM

Eastside Revelations - Art Rodriguez

The California Room is spotlighting East Side with a series of blogs featuring individuals, businesses, and community organizations with ties to the East Side.

Estella Inda
04/22/2022 - 2:27 PM

Looking Back: San Jose Public Library's California Room

Ralph looks back at the history of the California Room.

Ralph Pearce
03/28/2022 - 9:00 AM

It’s Our 150th Anniversary… Or Is It?

A review of early San Jose Library efforts.

Michael Lara
02/19/2022 - 8:08 AM

Looking Back: A Market, a Trolley Car, and a Freight Train

Ralph looks back at a stretch of Coe Avenue in Willow Glen.

Ralph Pearce
02/18/2022 - 3:00 PM

Pathfinder Estella Inda: Fulfilling an Information Need About Lowrider Culture in San José

Did you know that San José was the Lowrider Cruising Capital in 1977. Learn more from Estella Inda, who has been sharing her research through the Library's East Side Exhibit.

Ila Langner
02/09/2022 - 10:00 PM

East Side Revelations - The Ribbs

The California Room is putting the spotlight on the East Side with a series of blog posts. This post features the Ribbs family, an important part of local black history.

Estella Inda
02/09/2022 - 11:23 AM

East Side Revelations - Lowriding

The California Room is putting the spotlight on the East Side with a series of blogs featuring individuals, businesses, and community organizations with ties to the East Side.

Estella Inda
02/01/2022 - 11:58 AM

Looking Back: What I Did Over Christmas Vacation

Ralph recalls trying to earn money during Christmas Vacation 1969.

Ralph Pearce
12/27/2021 - 9:00 AM

East Side Dreams: The Untold Story of East San José

Join SJPL's California Room for its upcoming exhibit. It will examine San José’s East Side from the 1950s through the 1980s.

Estella Inda
12/03/2021 - 4:30 PM

East Side Revelations - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

The California Room is putting the spotlight on the East Side with a series of blogs featuring individuals, businesses, and community organizations with ties to the East Side.

Estella Inda
11/24/2021 - 6:20 AM

Looking Back: Some Time in California with John and Yoko.

Ralph traces John Lennon's cross-country trip to California in 1972.

Ralph Pearce
11/22/2021 - 8:00 AM