History San Jose

A nonprofit organization

80 donors

We value local history and believe that by celebrating it, we help create a community with a strong sense of place that respects cultural diversity and innovation.

Gifts from generous donors allow us to annually serve more than 20,000 school children and 115,000 visitors at three sites: History Park, the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site, and the Collection Center & Research Library.

There are 19 cultural non-profit groups based at History Park - all telling their respective histories in their own words. These groups partner with HSJ to offer free and low-cost family programs and festivals like: Fandango!, Digging Up San Jose's Past, Gold Rush Adventure, Spirit of '45, and El Dia de Portugal.

We are especially proud of our standards-based school programs that have offered award-winning, hands-on educational opportunities to school children for more than 20 years. Our public and school programs are designed to be fun, and make our local history relevant and inclusive of our diverse community.

Beyond our local audience, HSJ offers online exhibits that provide access to our collection and stories of the Valley to over 400,000 users annually. We care for the largest regional history collection in California with more than 500,000 artifacts dating from the 1790s.



Thank you for making History San José one of your philanthropic priorities. We are grateful for the generous support of our shared community history.


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Organization name

History San Jose

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Arts & Culture Children & Family


SAN JOSE, CA 95112


(408) 287-2290