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Blogs: Local History

#PixinParks Mt. Madonna

Littered with majestic redwood and oak forests, the Mt. Madonna County Park has over 4,500 acres of land.

Brandy Maldonado
08/22/2019 - 5:00 AM

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Drive-in to the California Room

Image: Photograph taken February 17, 2018 by Michael Lara Milk Tea. Stromboli. Movie. Which of these sounds out of place? None! Especially when enjoying a movie from a lawn chair or the bed of a…

Michael Lara
08/18/2019 - 7:00 AM

Free Speech in Silicon Valley: Pruneyard Shopping Center v Robbins

Image: 1969 photo of Pruneyard construction, Mercury News, February 20th, 1985 It was November 1975; disco was at its height, flared pants abounded, and the United Nations had just adopted General…

Shane Curtin
08/09/2019 - 10:00 AM

#PixinParks Upper Stevens Creek

The Upper Stevens Creek County park is over 1,000 acres located in the Santa Cruz mountains with 12.6 miles of trails that are available to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians.

Brandy Maldonado
07/18/2019 - 5:00 AM

Looking Back: The Home Run King and a San Jose Baseball Team

Back in 1990, I read a book called The Rise of Japanese Baseball Power by Robert Obojski.  I became fascinated by the long history of Japan's love of the game (from the 1880s), the ongoing…

Ralph Pearce
06/26/2019 - 9:00 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: When Duty And Ideals Collide

Every once in a while something occurs that shakes up the status quo. In the case of my great great Uncle George Muller it came in the form of a minor celebrity by the name of Dr. Barbara Moore.

John Muller
06/24/2019 - 9:33 AM

Walk Around Town: Fountain Figure

Explore the history of "The Fountain Figure" by Robert Graham, a bronze sculpture in front of the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building on First Street.

Monique Mcclellan
06/22/2019 - 1:00 PM

#PixinParks Coyote Creek Parkway

Coyote Creek Parkway has over 15 miles of scenic views following the Coyote Creek. This park has paved walkways that allow hikers, joggers, bicyclists and skaters to enjoy the great outdoors.

Brandy Maldonado
06/20/2019 - 5:00 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: Art In The Most Unusual Of Places

Our libraries have various pieces of art for customers to appreciate and enjoy. This got me thinking about my own connection to the the art world, and to that of my great-great-great aunt's husband.

John Muller
06/13/2019 - 5:08 PM

The Genealogy Sojourner: Traditions Of Service

Unique In More Ways Than One In one way or the other we all have various family traditions. One in my family is a long established and fairly distinguished military tradition, which included my…

John Muller
06/10/2019 - 12:00 AM

Looking Back: 1960's Hippie Era Import Shops

I was driving down Meridian Avenue the other day, and noticed a large development near Saddle Rack Street.  Suddenly an alarm went off in my head and I thought, “Did they just tear down Paramount…

Ralph Pearce
05/29/2019 - 9:00 AM

#PixinParks Grant County Park

Located in the east of the Santa Clara Valley, the Grant County Park offers landscape views of the foothills. At the park you will see vast grasslands peppered with large oak trees and cows grazing.

Brandy Maldonado
05/23/2019 - 5:00 AM