Blogs: Local History

  • Ostriches in Californiahatching baby ostriches

    Ostriches are worlds the largest non-flying bird and lay the largest eggs.  A female ostrich can lay up to twelve eggs that can each weigh up to 40 to 70 ounces each. When ostriches reached their peak popularity in the early 1900’s, ostrich eggs were sold alongside their feathers in stores as a novelty.
    Posted by: Brandy Maldonado on Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 4
  • The Little Burg in the Orchards: Babe Ruth Day in San JoseView of Sodality Park location from San Carlos Street

    As a kid, my father told me that Babe Ruth referred to my hometown as “the little burg in the orchards.” This elusive quote has sent me chasing a Ruthian myth; the most sensational variety of stories in the baseball universe.  Upon searching for this quote, waves of San Jose’s local history have washed up along the long tables of the California Room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.
    Posted by: Michael Lara on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM | Comments: 0
  • Looking Back: Signs of the TimesImage: The Falafel Drive-in sign on Stevens Creek near Bascom. Photo ©Ralph M. Pearce. 

    Signs, like buildings, get our attention. And over time they become landmarks, fixed in our minds and memories, helping us navigate an ever-changing world with some thread of familiarity and link to our past. I remember at two or three years of age, laying in the "back-back" of the family station wagon playing with my red Etch-A-Sketch. I recall looking out and seeing an enormous globe of the world atop a building, and knowing right where we were (in front of the San Jose Mercury News building on Santa Clara Street).
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 5:45 PM | Comments: 5
  • Sarah Winchester and her Mysterious HouseFront view of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA

    Local historical landmark The Winchester Mystery House will soon hit the big screen. Learn more about the house and the woman behind it, Sarah Winchester.
    Posted by: Jessica Wall on Monday, January 8, 2018 - 3:00 PM | Comments: 0
  • Looking Back: A Little House on Almaden RoadImage:The photo that hangs in the back of the cigar store. It features Carolina Teigeler and presumably her eldest single daughter Louisa, who would have been 16 years old when this c.1885 photo was taken. Photo courtesy of West Coast Cigars.

    Have you ever wondered how we research the local history? Look back with us at a little house on Almaden Road as Ralph investigates its history with California Room resources.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 10:00 AM | Comments: 12