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History San José / History Park

History pARK

History Park is located at the south end of Kelley Park at the corner of Senter Road and Phelan Avenue. Through 32 original and reproduction homes, businesses and landmarks, History Park reveals Santa Clara Valley’s past. Complete with paved streets, running trolleys and an old-fashioned ice cream shop, this 14-acre site offers the charm and ambiance of times gone by.

History San José/ Archive

Collection center

History San José manages one of the largest collections of regional history artifacts in California. Housed at the Collection Center, a state-of-the-art facility near History Park, the artifact collection includes objects that represent the Valley’s past, from Native American baskets and tools, to agricultural equipment, to pre-silicon chip technologies that were pioneered locally. The Museum continues to collect contemporary history documenting the social and political happenings in the Valley. The research collection includes photographs, personal papers, manuscripts, maps, films, oral histories and published works.

History San José/ House

Peralta ADOBE and Fallon HOUSE

The Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site is located in historic San Pedro Square. The 1855 Victorian Fallon House showcases 15 furnished period rooms. Across the street, the Peralta Adobe, built in 1797, is San José’s oldest surviving address, and is the only structure remaining from El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. Each November, History San José offers Founder’s Day programs celebrating the Pueblo’s founding settlers from the De Anza Trail expedition and the native  Ohlone people. The programs recreate the lives, celebrations, music, dance, art and stories of this period in an interactive way that engages the entire family.


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Welcome to History of San Jose!

History San José preserves and enriches the cultural heritage of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley through research, collections, partnerships, educational programs and events. HSJ preserves the Valley’s material culture, actively engaging the community in original research to share with a world-wide audience. We provide access to research through archives, social media, exhibitions and educational programs. We offer resources and assistance to anyone wishing to research local history, including artists, students, reporters, film makers, designers, business, government and you!

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Whether it is providing educational programs, holding events, or accessing research records, History San Jose does it all.

upcoming events

Christmas in the Park

date: nov 27–30 2020

Christmas in the Park traditionally takes place in the heart of Downtown San José. For over 40 years, this whimsical event has brought people together during the holidays. This year, History San José will serve as the first-ever drive-thru site. Reserve tickets through the Christmas in the Park website.

Peralta Adobe & Fallon House Tour

reacurring events every weds & sat

History San José and San Pedro Square Market are excited to welcome you to the Peralta Adobe & Fallon House, an historic treasure in the heart of our modern city. We’re pleased to have you and hope you’ll accompany us on a guided journey back in time to experience San Jose before cars, computers and smart phones.

These two beautifully restored homes and their furnishings offer a glimpse into the lives of San Jose’s early inhabitants. From the early period of El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe in the late 1770’s to California’s induction into the United States in 1850.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic:Tours will be limited to 10 people. Masks must be worn and social distancing will be enforced. No money will exchange hands during the tour; attendees must either bring their confirmation printout or show confirmation on their phone.

History Park Walking Tour

date: Jan 12, 19, 21 2021

A museum guide will lead you through History Park, discussing the historical and architectural background of each building. For some of the more important buildings, the famous people associated with them will be highlighted! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Tours will be limited to 10 people.Masks must be worn and social distancing will be enforced. No money will exchange hands during the tour; attendees must either bring their confirmation printout or show confirmation on their phone.