Blogs: Local History

  • Looking Back: 1960's Hippie Era Import ShopsImage: Close up of Paramount Imports signage. Photo ©Ralph M. Pearce

    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 Imports?”  I circled back around and to my relief the old import store was still standing. 
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 2
  • #PixinParks Grant County ParkSeven Magnificent Adventures 2019

    The Park Image: Grant Lake ©Brandy Maldonado 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 lazily. Enjoy peaceful hikes as you take in all nature has to offer.
    Posted by: Brandy Maldonado on Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 5:00 AM | Comments: 0
  • Back in the Days...: California Room Yearbook Collectionshelf of yearbooks in the California Room

    Each week, hundreds of families from across the state flocked to San Jose’s Lowrider Culture Exhibition. A significant portion of these pilgrims are former San Jose residents. Surprisingly, many are visiting the California Room and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library for the first time! Those returning to San Jose from across the state seem naturally drawn to our High School Yearbook collection. In these volumes, they can glimpse photos of family and friends from long (or not so long) ago.
    Posted by: Michael Lara on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 7:00 AM | Comments: 0
  • #PixInParks Martial Cottle

    The Park Martial Cottle Park Entrance ©Brandy Maldonado With 287 acres, this south San Jose park offers various activities for you and the family to enjoy. The Martial Cottle park has paved walkways that allow runners, walkers, bikers, and skaters to enjoy the great outdoors safely. The interactive play area introduces children to life size farm animals and farming methods. This urban park celebrates sustainable farming processes and highlights innovations in organic farming.
    Posted by: Brandy Maldonado on Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 5:00 AM | Comments: 0
  • Looking Back: Tribute to a Boy Who Jumped Out of a PeachImage: Close-up of the cover of a colorful Japanese children's book about the adventures of Momotaro. Photo by Ralph Pearce

    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 States.  The modern version of the story begins with an old, childless couple finding a giant peach floating in the river. Opening the peach to eat it, they discover a child inside. The couple name the child Momotaro (momo meaning peach, and Taro for the eldest son), and raise the boy as their own.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 2