Blogs: Local History

#PixInParks Martial Cottle

With 287 acres, this south San Jose park offers various activities for you and the family to enjoy. This urban park celebrates sustainable farming and highlights innovations in organic farming.

Brandy Maldonado
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 5:00 AM

Looking Back: Tribute to a Boy Who Jumped Out of a Peach

Back in 1990, I took a Japanese kite-making class as part of the San Jose Japantown Centennial.  The image on my kite was the Japanese folk hero Momotaro, often referred to as Peach Boy in the United…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Today’s Special: Menus of Day's Past

Old menus are so cool! Have you ever found an old menu stashed away in a drawer or a glove compartment? I’ve been collecting local menus for some years now, and I really enjoy the graphics, the…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:46 PM

The Genealogy Sojourner: Military Heirlooms

Forgotten Recognition Chances are pretty good if you have a relative that served in the armed forces, particularly during World War 2, they either never received or otherwise lost track of the…

John Muller
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: Public Fame Private Pain

Unlikely Connection One was an inspiring teacher, preservationist, and celebrated chronicler of Silicon Valley's storied past. The other was larger than life both on and off the screen, whose path…

John Muller
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 12:00 AM

#PixinParks Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch

Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch park is located east of Gilroy. This park has over 6,500 acres for recreational use! This park includes picnic areas, campsites; hiking trails and a 449 acre lake.

Brandy Maldonado
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 5:00 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: James Bond Is My Wife's Cousin

Before Ian Fleming's Creation There Were Other James Bonds When a person is researching their genealogy and begins expanding their family tree they will collect a lot of names, some more…

John Muller
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 2:19 PM

#PixInParks 2019

If you love hiking, you've been waiting for the weather to clear to get back outside! Ready or not, it is time to get back to the great outdoors!

Brandy Maldonado
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 5:00 AM

Looking Back: The Old Trucks of My Youth

Our current low rider exhibit got me to thinking about the many old trucks I've owned. About 1977, I was riding down Koch Lane in a high school friend's 1955 Chevy pick-up, when it occurred to me…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Those Old Buildings with Corner Entrances

We seldom mention them or even really notice them much, but I've always liked those old buildings with angled entrances on the very corner of the building. They're usually corner grocery stores or…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Those Old Buildings with Corner Entrances

Sample some old local buildings with corner entrances.

Tim Reif
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: Reconnecting The Missing Pieces Or Not

It All Started With A Story Growing up my grandfather enjoyed telling us stories about his and our families past. As I grew older and other people entered my life their family stories became just…

John Muller
Monday, December 17, 2018 - 12:00 AM