Blogs: Local History

Artist in the Archives - Earl Thollander

Earl Thollander and San Jose Since the 240th Birthday of San Jose as the First Civil Settlement is happening on November 29, we thought it was fitting to honor Earl Thollander. Earl Thollander…

Estella Inda
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 11:21 AM

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Founding of San Jose to be Commemorated

240 Years of San Jose El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe was founded on November 29, 1777 as the first civic settlement in Alta California. At the time, under Spanish rule, Alta California covered…

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:17 AM

Looking Back: San Jose Elementary Schools Play Musical Names

Over the summer I decided to stop by the Broadway Elementary School where I'd attended kindergarten and part of first grade. The school's located on Broadway Avenue off of Lincoln in downtown Willow…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 9:00 AM

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Artist in the Archives

American Archives Month: October October is American Archives Month. This year we are focusing on Local Landscape Artists whose work can be found in our local archives. Here are just a few of those…

Estella Inda
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 3:00 AM

Looking Back: San Jose's Architecturally Unique Four'n 20 Pie Buildings

“Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye, four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie.” So goes the popular English nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” From this rhyme came the name for a…

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

Looking Back: Ye Olde Doughnut Shoppe

Image: A tray full of fresh old fashioned donuts (lower shelf) at Hooz Donuts. The old fashioned varieties (from left) are plain, maple, chocolate, and glazed. Do you like donuts? Me too. When…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Overfelt Gardens Park: A Place of Relaxation in the Middle of Bustling San Jose

Overfelt Gardens in East San Jose is a large, beautiful park designed for peace and relaxation.

Jessica Wall
Friday, August 11, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Looking Back: The Old Corner Market

Once a year I create an album for San Jose State University’s Sourisseau Academy. Each album contains captioned historic photographs on various topics, and my first one was entitled, “What Ever…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 12:00 PM

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Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers

Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers is at the San Jose Public Library Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers, an exhibit that portrays the relationship between insects and the flowers they…

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 7:24 AM

Looking Back: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 27 Years Ago

In the month of May we observe Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This year, the San Jose Public Library has held celebrations at Village Square and Seven Trees Branch libraries. The…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Looking Back: Fuzzy Shimada, a Local Bowling Legend

Last month we explored the phenomenon of the once popular bowling alley disappearing from the San Jose landscape. This month we recognize local bowling legend Rokuro “Fuzzy” Shimada. Fuzzy was the…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Looking Back: Where Have All the Bowling Alleys Gone?

Image: The author of this blog stands ready to roll at the former location of Fiesta Lanes bowling alley. Located on the corner of San Carlos Street and Willard Avenue, Fiesta Lanes closed in 2002…

Ralph Pearce
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 3:55 PM