Blogs: Local History

  • Bear Advice - California RoomAl and Sam Ursus, the California Room Bears, in the California Room.

    Meet the California Room Bears - Al & Sam Ursus! This clawsome pair of bears was found hibernating among the archival collections of the California Room of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library!
    Posted by: Marisol Roman on Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 3:03 PM | Comments: 1
  • Looking Back: John F. Kennedy Addresses the Citizens of San JoseImage: "We're going to tell the truth," Kennedy said, "and I don't care what Mr. Nixon says, we're going to meet that responsibility." Senator Kennedy was introduced by Mayor Paul Moore, with platform guests including local Democratic candidates Russell Bryan, Jack Kennon, and Al Alquist; City Councilmen Emery Delmas and Robert C. Doerr, and County Democratic Chairman John Thorne. Photo by Josephine Curto.

    Some years ago, my dad mentioned that a cousin had seen John F. Kennedy speak at a presidential campaign rally here in San Jose. When I began working here in the California Room, I decided to check our clipping files for any articles on the event. I found an interesting San Jose Mercury article with several photos that showed Kennedy speaking from a platform somewhere in the west parking lot of the Civic Auditorium on November 2, 1960.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 3:10 PM | Comments: 4
  • Looking Back: Light from a Closet WindowImage: A recent visit to Ramona Avenue with the closet window and the blue airplane. Photo by Michael Pearce

    In May of 1963, my family moved from our house on Singletary Avenue (off The Alameda) to a house near Coe and Ramona (off Lincoln Avenue).
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 3:40 PM | Comments: 2
  • A Home Defender of the High Sierraturkey vulture

    Posted by: Erin Herzog on Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 1
  • Santa Clara Valley Archivescheckerspot

    Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl October 22, 2016 October is American Archives Month. What is an Archive? Archivists bring the past to the present. They are records collectors and protectors, keepers of memory. They organize unique, historical materials, making them available for current and future research. - Lisa Lewis
    Posted by: Erin Herzog on Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 9:17 AM | Comments: 2