Blogs: Local History

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

A Lowrider Thank you!

From December through March, people flocked to the library to visit our first ever Lowrider Exhibit, “Story and King: San José’s Lowrider Culture”! Now that the exhibit has come to a close, it’s time…

Estella Inda
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 2:00 PM

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

Lowrider Firsts

Lowrider Exhibition On December 15, 2018, the San Jose Public Library - California Room opened its first ever lowrider exhibit, Story and King: San Jose's Lowrider Culture. With lowrider jams…

Estella Inda
Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 6:00 PM

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

Retro Tech: From the Analog Past to the Digital Future

Convert Your Analog Media to Digital Got tapes you can’t play anymore? Slides stuffed in old shoe boxes? Precious photos slowly decaying? Has the digital revolution left your memories stranded in…

Shane Curtin
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Sonny Madrid: Lowrider Legend and More

Photo provided by : Joey Flores Many people know Sonny Madrid as the founder of Lowrider magazine, but that’s just a small part of the story. Sonny was born on January 19, 1945 in Yuma, Arizona, to…

Estella Inda
Friday, January 11, 2019 - 5:38 PM