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Blogs: Local History

Story and King: San José's Lowrider Culture

Photo Credit: Suzanne Lopez (in blog image) and Maria Herrera (blog icon image) "Story and King: San José's Lowrider Culture" Exhibit December 15, 2018 — March 31, 2019King Library: 5th Floor…

Estella Inda
12/07/2018 - 12:25 PM

The Genealogy Sojourner: A Pioneer Of Good Food Found Here

It's The Holiday Season, People Are Traveling, So Where Are Some Good Places To Eat? With the holiday season in full swing chances are you're going to find yourself traveling in the coming weeks.…

John Muller
12/07/2018 - 10:59 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: A Marine, A Priest, And A Porthole

The U.S.S Oklahoma - A Tale Of Sacrifice And Survival Today is the seventy-seventh anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As time passes and the number of survivors continue to dwindle its…

John Muller
12/07/2018 - 12:00 AM

Looking Back: The Keystone Company of San Jose

The Keystone Company traces its origins back to 1867, though it's a trail filled with acquisitions, divisions, name and ownership changes. The company began as a wholesale grocery firm founded by…

Ralph Pearce
11/28/2018 - 9:00 AM

Uncovering the California Room - Spooky Finds

The California Room is a Special Collection archive located on the 5th floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library It is the repository for various books, maps, scrapbooks, periodicals, and…

Marisol Roman
10/31/2018 - 12:27 AM

Looking Back: Presidential Visits to San Jose, California

I have never seen a president in person, though I have heard stories about President McKinley's speech in St. James Park, President Teddy Roosevelt planting a redwood tree in Campbell, and I have a…

Ralph Pearce
10/24/2018 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Fill 'er Up! Our Remaining Pre-war Service Stations

Image:  This 1927 Associated Gasoline station stood on the corner of Market and Julian Streets . After being slated for demolition in 1978, History San Jose arranged for its relocation to History…

Ralph Pearce
09/26/2018 - 9:00 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: High School Yearbooks

Images, clockwise from top left: Cover of San Jose High School's 1949 Yearbook, titled The Bell. Activities page of the 1949 yearbook with shots of the Girls' League and Boys' League, including…

John Muller
09/12/2018 - 11:34 AM

What's in a Name ~ California

California Name Myths: How did California get its name? Throughout history, there have been many stories about how California got its name. Some believe that the name is rooted from kar-i-farn, a…

Estella Inda
09/01/2018 - 5:00 AM

Looking Back: A Bookstore on Lincoln Avenue

Image: Myron and Sue Wahlstrand in the early 1980s. Myron's love of collecting poetry lured him into the used book business. Coincidentally, Myron's sister was married to the brother of Recycled…

Ralph Pearce
08/29/2018 - 9:00 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: Scandal, Intrigue, and Distant Family Ties

When You're Not The Only Investigator In The Family Chances are you've never heard of John Draper Erwin. As a newspaper correspondent in Washington, D.C., he played a pivotal role in helping to…

John Muller
08/16/2018 - 3:12 PM

The Genealogy Sojourner: When Family History Leads To Another Mystery

When There's More To The Story If there's one constant in researching one's family genealogy it is to expect the unexpected. This is especially true when it comes to connections with distant…

John Muller
08/14/2018 - 12:00 AM