Blogs: Local History

  • Looking Back: César Chávez, a Dedicated LifeImage: César Chávez in 1982.  Photo coutesty of Ted Sahl Collection, MSS 1996-03-01 San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Take a look back at local sites associated with the dedicated life of César Chávez.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 11:45 AM | Comments: 0
  • Get Ready for Poetry Month in Apriledith daley poem

    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 Public Library Four Forgotten Local Legends: California Poets, an exhibit that highlights four California poets; Ina Coolbrith, Edwin Markham, Bret Harte and Edith Daley, is on the 5th floor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library through May 31, 2018.
    Posted by: Erin Herzog on Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 7:00 AM | Comments: 1
  • Looking Back: Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 Visit to San JoseImage: 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, Archival Finding Aids.

    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, Archival Finding Aids.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 4:45 PM | Comments: 9
  • Ostriches in Californiahatching baby ostriches

    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 peak popularity in the early 1900’s, ostrich eggs were sold alongside their feathers in stores as a novelty.
    Posted by: Brandy Maldonado on Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 6
  • The Little Burg in the Orchards: Babe Ruth Day in San JoseView of Sodality Park location from San Carlos Street

    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 in the baseball universe.  Upon searching for this quote, waves of San Jose’s local history have washed up along the long tables of the California Room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.
    Posted by: Michael Lara on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM | Comments: 2