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.
From the 1860s to World War II, most of the money in Santa Clara County was stacked in the vaults of San José banks located within two blocks of First and Santa Clara streets. In the January 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album Michael Hurley, retired attorney and Sourisseau Board member, details the history of late 19th century and early 20th century banking in the region.
The December 2017 Sourisseau Academy news video complements the exploration of eccentric architecture with an investigation of people who marched to a different beat.
In the November 2017 Sourisseau Academy photo album Tom Layton (SJSU Professor Emeritus of Anthropology) chronicles a century and a half of Santa Clara Valley visionaries, free spirits, and a crackpots who “marched to a different beat!”
The November 2017 Sourisseau Academy news video features Sourisseau Academy Board member April Halberstadt’s story of intrepid photographer Alice Iola Hare, who brought her own distinct vision to the first wave of the Penny Postcard craze of the early 1900s.
In this month’s Sourisseau photo album April Hope Halberstadt (a local historian and Sourisseau Board member) discusses Alice Iola Hare, one of the first postcard photographers in the Santa Clara Valley to publish penny postcards with color images.
This October Sourisseau Academy News Video explores the history of college football in the Santa Clara Valley. Associate Professor of History Libra Hilde (who is also a Sourisseau Board of Directors member) continues the retrospective she began in last month’s Sourisseau photo album.