Blogs: Local History

The Genealogy Sojourner: Do You Know What's Lurking In Your Family's Past?

Genetic genealogy has been in the news recently for its use in aiding in the apprehension of the notorious accused Golden State Killer: Joseph James DeAngelo, Jr. His family profile can be found in…

John Muller
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Looking Back: Those Old Motels Along Monterey Road

Image: The Whitehouse Inn located at 3030 Monterey Road. Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce. Driving down Monterey Road the other day, I was struck by all of the new construction. Since the early 1960s, the…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Looking Back: César Chávez, a Dedicated Life

Image: César Chávez in 1982.  Photo coutesty of Ted Sahl Collection, MSS 1996-03-01 San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives. César Estrada Chávez was born in Yuma,…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 11:45 AM

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Get Ready for Poetry Month in April

April is National Poetry Month Learn more about our literary history. California has inspired many poets and artists over the years. Four Forgotten Local Legends: California Poets at the San Jose…

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Looking Back: Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 Visit to San Jose

Image: Senator Kennedy's arrival at the San Jose Municipal Airport on March 23, 1968. Courtesy of San Jose State University, Special Collections Archives. Spartan Daily Negatives Collection, 2012,…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:45 PM

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Ostriches in California

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…

Brandy Maldonado
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

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The Little Burg in the Orchards: Babe Ruth Day in San Jose

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…

Michael Lara
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Looking Back: Signs of the Times

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…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Sarah Winchester and her Mysterious House

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.

Jessica Wall
Monday, January 8, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Looking Back: A Little House on Almaden Road

I must have passed this house a thousand times over the years. It stands on a corner on Almaden Road, just before the railroad underpass that brings you to Willow Glen Way. It's one of those…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 10:00 AM

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G Zone Highways: G8

Bay Area commuters know; you can't always depend on the freeways.  With traffic congestion consistently increasing to record highs, commuters face the choice of sitting in freeway traffic or…

Michael Lara
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Looking Back: The Education of a Sixth Grade A.V. Monitor

From 1970 to 1971, I was in Mr. Bogh's sixth grade class at Canoas Elementary School in the Meadowbrook neighborhood (now Canoas Garden) in San José. A.V. Monitors Image: The door to the old audio…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 5:30 PM