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Blogs: Local History

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
08/30/2017 - 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
08/11/2017 - 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
07/26/2017 - 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…

07/02/2017 - 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
05/24/2017 - 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
04/26/2017 - 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
03/30/2017 - 3:55 PM

Looking Back: The Iconic Faber's Cyclery Building Stands Tall Once Again

I love old buildings, I just can’t help it. And the more dilapidated and neglected the better. My imagination shifts into overdrive as I ponder the remains of structures whose splintered wood,…

Ralph Pearce
02/22/2017 - 5:59 PM

Looking Back: An Elementary School Reading List from 1967

From September 1967 to June 1968, I was in the third grade at Canoas Elementary School in the Meadowbrook tract (now Canoas Garden neighborhood) in Willow Glen. My classroom was A-3, and my teacher…

Ralph Pearce
01/25/2017 - 5:45 PM

Looking Back: San Jose Public Library Cards Through the Years

For the first time in many years, the San Jose Public Library will soon be featuring new library card designs. There will be six new designs, two from each category of Adult, Teen, and Children.The…

Ralph Pearce
12/28/2016 - 12:05 PM

Bear Advice - 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.…

Marisol Roman
12/15/2016 - 3:03 PM

Looking Back: John F. Kennedy Addresses the Citizens of San Jose

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…

Ralph Pearce
10/26/2016 - 3:10 PM