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Looking Back: San Jose’s Last Chinatown to Today's Japantown

Did you know that San Jose’s Japantown is one of only three remaining Japantown’s in the United States?  And San Jose’s Japantown is generally recognized as the most authentic in that it wasn’t…

Ralph Pearce
09/01/2013 - 5:21 PM

Looking Back: City Librarians of the San Jose Public Library

This month we are Looking Back at the San Jose Public Library's leadership throughout the years. Since the first library was founded in San Jose, numerous individuals have carried the responsibility…

Ralph Pearce
08/15/2013 - 6:00 AM

The 45th Anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's Speech in San Jose's St. James Park

This year marks the forty-fifth anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign.  Kennedy had announced his candidacy on March 16, 1968, and he spoke in San Jose’s St. James Park about a…

Ralph Pearce
07/03/2013 - 4:07 PM

Looking Back: The Great Earthquake of 1906

This month we are looking back at the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake in the City of San José. While the greatest casualties in the county were at Agnews State Hospital, the City of San José saw a…

Ralph Pearce
06/13/2013 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Agnews State Hospital

This week we are looking back at the Agnews State Hospital. The hospital is most famously known as the site of the greatest loss of life in Santa Clara County after the 1906 earthquake. Eleven…

Ralph Pearce
06/06/2013 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: San Jose's Electric Light Tower

San José's history is full of interesting stories and anecdotes. The story of the San José Electric Light Tower that spanned the intersection of Market and Santa Clara Streets until 1915 is no…

Ralph Pearce
05/29/2013 - 1:00 PM

Looking Back: Canning in the Valley of Heart's Delight

In the history of San José, before the tech growth and boom from the 1960s to the present, the most significant industry in the Santa Clara Valley was in agricultural products. While the agricultural…

Ralph Pearce
05/23/2013 - 4:55 PM

Looking Back: A Mansion of a Native Son

Villa Montalvo is the former residence of California businessman and politician James Duval Phelan. Taken between 1915-1902, this photo illustrates the estate's grandeur, but also how little it has…

Ralph Pearce
05/08/2013 - 3:42 PM