Alert message

: Due to our temporary closures, we are currently not accepting book donations at any location.

Blogs: Local History

Looking Back: Say, Didn't That Used to Be A&W Root Beer?

Businesses come and go. But buildings…well, they come and go too.  But more often than not, they are re-purposed for new businesses many times during their existence.  Particularly interesting is…

Ralph Pearce
07/25/2018 - 10:00 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: Say, What Ever Happened To ...

Family Reunions & Family Mysteries With the official start of summer just around the corner, this is the time of year when we celebrate sun, fun, and family reunions. While catching up and…

John Muller
06/20/2018 - 9:36 AM

Looking Back: The Day I Met Robert F. Kennedy

Image: Senator Robert F. Kennedy in San Jose's St. James Park on Saturday March 23, 1968. Photo ©Edward Souza. On Saturday March 24 of this year, I participated in a 50th anniversary celebration…

Ralph Pearce
05/29/2018 - 10:00 AM

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
05/18/2018 - 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
04/25/2018 - 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
03/21/2018 - 11:45 AM

Explore and Discover our blogs

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…

Anonymous
03/03/2018 - 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
02/21/2018 - 4:45 PM

Explore and Discover our blogs

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
02/15/2018 - 9:00 AM

Explore and Discover our blogs

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
02/14/2018 - 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
01/24/2018 - 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
01/08/2018 - 3:00 PM