East Side Dreams Exhibit: July 1 – September 24, 2022
The San José Public Library, in collaboration with San José State University King Library's Africana, Asian American, Chicano, & Native American Studies Center, proudly presents East Side Dreams: The Untold Story of East San José.
This free exhibit is located at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in the following locations:
- 5th Floor
- 2nd Floor: DiNapoli Exhibit Gallery
About the Exhibit
East Side Dreams will synthesize stories both remembered and forgotten, presenting a comprehensive historical picture of the East Side and its people through images and artifacts. Experience the East Side’s evolution from fields of fruit and flowers to diverse metropolis. Learn about the social forces, organizations and individuals that shaped the East Side into the place we know today.
EAST SIDE LIBRARY CARD
Starting July 1, San José Public Library will release a new, limited edition library card in honor of East San José history and this exhibit. The California Room sought a new library card design earlier this year with the East Side Dreams Library Card Contest. The winning 14 and over category design was Siempre East Side by Tiffany Dang. This artwork will be featured on the new library card.
How to Get This Card Design
You can carry your own piece of East Side art in your pocket in the following ways:
- Become a Member: Get this limited edition design by signing up for your free library card membership.
- Existing Members: Visit any of our 25 library locations to swap out your card for the new design for free.
Honorable Mentions on Display
Sophia's Trip Down Memory Lane was the winner of the 13 and under winner category. Her design and honorable mentions will be featured in exhibit. Thank you to all that entered!
ASSOCIATED EXHIBIT & EVENTS
Join us in celebrating the opening of East Side Dreams: The Untold Story of East San José, an exhibit that chronicles the people and events that shaped East San José form the 1950s to the present. This reception is FREE and open to all ages.
July 1 - September 24, 2022, All Day at King Library, 2nd Floor - DiNapoli Exhibit Gallery
Mary J. Andrade is an author, photographer, and co-publisher of La Oferta Latino Bilingual Newspaper, which she founded in 1978 with her husband Frank. In the mid-1980s, Andrade collaborated with Shirley I. Fisher to research and photograph community members who'd made social, economic and political contributions to Santa Clara valley. The goal was to preserve the wisdom and heritage of the subjects while raising awareness of local history. The work culminated in Solidarity, Hispanic Senior Citizens.
Saturday, August 13, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 PM at King Library
Take a stroll down memory lane with community members and activists that helped shape the East Side in this two-part panel event. View the recording here.
Saturday, September 3, 2022, 1:00 – 3:00 PM at King Library
Until recently, the history of San José's East Side remained largely unchronicled. Join us for an intimate conversation with distinguished scholars whose research was instrumental in illuminating the East Side's story. View the recording here.
BEYOND THE EXHIBIT
Up to and beyond the exhibit, the California Room will continue to collect and archive materials on the East Side’s social and political development.
East Side Dreams was inspired by connections we made and materials we discovered in creating our 2018 exhibit Story & King: San José Lowrider Culture.
East Side Revelations
The San José Public Library's California Room is putting a spotlight on San José's East Side with a series of blogs that will feature individuals, businesses, and community organizations with ties to the East Side. Here are blogs in the series:
- East Side Revelations - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
- East Side Revelations – Jim Plunkett
- East Side Revelations - Sofia Mendoza
- East Side Revelations - The Ribbs
- East Side Revelations - Lowriding
- East Side Revelations - Art Rodriguez
Flickr album of East Side photos. Select the album to view more photos.
Video playlist about East Side. Select to view videos.