Today’s multilingual voter pamphlets do not have instructions in French, German, Italian, or Portuguese. But as historian Ralph Pearce reveals, between 1848 and 1920 those ethnic groups were among the most prevalent communities in the Santa Clara Valley. The February 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album explores San Jose’s early immigrants and their interesting ethnic neighborhoods.
In the February 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video Michael Hurley examines San Jose’s earliest banks; one of which — A.P. Giannini’s Bank of Italy — eventually became today’s Bank of America.