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History San Jose

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History San José’s (HSJ) activities began in 1949 following the centennial celebration of the California Gold Rush and statehood. Known initially as the Historical Museum of San José and managed by the City of San José, History San José was incorporated with its current name as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1998. Over the decades, History San José has grown to include three sites: History Park, the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site, and the Collection Center/Research Library & Archives that houses the largest collection of regional artifacts in California. Over 120,000 visitors attend exhibits and events at these sites each year.

 HSJ is very proud of its standards-based school programs that have offered award-winning hands-on educational opportunities for more than 20 years. Students visit historical buildings and exhibits and participate in hands-on activities that meet the History-Social Science and Language Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools. These programs take place at both History Park and at the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site. Over 25,000 students and teachers from more than 200 schools, take part in these educational programs each year. 


Programs by History San Jose

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Adobe Days

Transport your class to the first Spanish town of Alta California founded in 1777—El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. History San José takes students on an excursion of the oldest house in San José, built-in 1797. Students will explore several...


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Early to Rise

When did a kid’s day begin in the late-1800s? Students have the chance to virtually wash clothes, milk a cow, and practice cursive handwriting during their schoolhouse lesson. History San José guides students through a vivid experience so they can...


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History Detectives

History San José guides students as they do “the work” of history by actively inspecting primary sources from History San José’s Collection Center. Students will conduct important research and investigate the mystery behind a 19th-century painting...


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How does immigration policy and cultural identity shape a person’s life in San Jose? This innovative field trip has students step into another person’s shoes. Students discover the challenges and triumphs of REAL people and compare the immigrants’...


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Valley of Hearts Delight

During the second industrial revolution, the Santa Clara Valley earned the moniker Valley of Heart’s Delight as the center of the fruit industry. The region’s landscape was filled with orchards and fruit canneries. History San José will teach...


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Westward Ho!

During the mid-1800s, many American settlers moved West in covered wagons. History San José offers students the opportunity to travel as part of an American caravan from Independence, MO to Sacramento, CA. Students will visually analyze...


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Education at History San Jose
1650 Senter Rd.
San Jose CA 95112
United States

Primary Disciplines

The programs of History San Jose cover:

Social Studies/History