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Blogs: Local History

Looking Back: Light from a Closet Window

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). On moving day, my mother took me into my new bedroom and…

Ralph Pearce
09/29/2016 - 3:40 PM

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A Home Defender of the High Sierra

International Vulture Day, September 3rd The Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) is the most widely found, in number and range, of all scavenging birds of prey.  They occur only in the new World,…

Anonymous
09/03/2016 - 9:00 AM

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Santa Clara Valley Archives

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,…

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08/28/2016 - 9:17 AM

Looking Back: Cesare Bini, a Santa Clara Valley Vegetable Peddler

Image: Cesare's Graham Brothers truck with its custom built bed. A hand crank was used to start the engine. Photo courtesy of the Bini Family. As a three-year-old living on Singletary Avenue (off…

Ralph Pearce
08/25/2016 - 5:49 PM

Looking Back: On the Trail of the Stone Avenue House

Image:  This is 1916 Stone Avenue as it appeared about 1978. It was demolished a few years later to make way for a commercial building. Photo by Ralph Pearce. In the 1960s and 1970s, my dad would…

Ralph Pearce
07/27/2016 - 11:30 PM

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Economy of the Vegetable Kingdom

Serpentine California California contains an amazing range of climate and landscape, and within that, a diversity of plants. Rare plants are more likely to be found in a unique environment and…

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07/22/2016 - 12:00 PM

Looking Back: A Golf Course in Willow Glen

Image: Advertisement for the Ironwood Swim and Gold Club.  Courtesy of Carol McDill Theuriet. In the middle of San Jose, we have an outcropping of hills historically known as the San Juan Bautista…

Ralph Pearce
06/29/2016 - 6:05 PM

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How Insect Allies Add to Peace, Comfort, Wealth and Health

Pollination Week, June 20 - 26 This June take a moment to celebrate the work of a vast array of pollinators. Most of the species of flowering plants in the world rely on pollinators - insects (…

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06/08/2016 - 8:56 AM

Looking Back: The Mystery of the Missing Tombstone

Image: The entrance to Oak Hill Memorial Park on Curtner Avenue in San Jose. Jack Graham was a popular columnist with the San Jose Mercury Herald at the time of his death in 1934. His column…

Ralph Pearce
05/25/2016 - 4:10 PM

Looking Back: A Japanese American Soldier Returns Home

Image: Sgt. Moffet Ishikawa at his camp site in the South Pacific during WWII. Photo courtesy of Moffet Ishikawa. In October of 2007, I interviewed 88-year-old Moffet Ishikawa, the younger brother…

Ralph Pearce
04/27/2016 - 5:10 PM

Looking Back: Las Palmas Taco Bar on The Alameda

Photo: Las Palmas Restaurant was open for business for 60 years. My earliest memories begin when I was two and three year’s old living on Singletary Avenue between The Alameda and Park Avenue. I…

Ralph Pearce
03/24/2016 - 4:45 PM

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Scenes of Spring Blossoms in Santa Clara Valley

Agricultural Blooms The Santa Clara Valley, previously know as the Valley of Hearts Delight, was a destination point for Spring blooms starting with the Saratoga Blossom Festival in March. People…

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02/27/2016 - 10:21 AM