Decades before postwar urban sprawl erased the physical divides between Santa Clara Valley towns, Los Gatos had already achieved widespread recognition as an iconic location representing a newly emerging California lifestyle. In this month’s Sourisseau Academy photo album Amy Long (Curator of History at New Museum Los Gatos) tours the storied Los Gatos community.
This month’s Sourisseau Academy news video explores San Jose’s Vendome Hotel (1888-1930).
There was a time, long before the Fairmont, the Hilton, and the Marriott, that the Vendome Hotel (1888-1930) stood unchallenged at the pinnacle of South Bay elegance. Tourists and conventioneers could step through the front doors of the Vendome and board carriages for a day trip to the Lick Observatory atop Mt. Hamilton, where they could actually view the craters of the moon later in the evening. In this month’s Sourisseau Academy photo album Michael Hurley, retired attorney and member of the Vendome Neighborhood Association, tells the story of this early 20th century ultramodern venue, featuring guest rooms with individual bathrooms, steam heat, and the elegant convenience of Otis elevators.
This month’s Sourisseau Academy news video explores the history of bicycles in the Santa Clara Valley.
Once upon a time, the only mechanical vehicles on our city streets (other than horse-drawn conveyances) were bicycles. Sourisseau Academy Board member Ralph Pearce, bike rider and antique bicycle restorer, takes us for a ride down an unpaved memory lane in the February 2017 Sourisseau Academy newsletter. The February 2017 Sourisseau news video (sponsored by Linda Lee Lester) explores the history of automobiles.
In the January 2017 Sourisseau Academy newsletter Tom Layton (Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology) compares the life stages of humans and automobiles. The January 2017 Sourisseau News Video explores the history of locally produced ice cream and the creameries, pharmacies, drive-ins, and diners that served it.
In the December 2016 Sourisseau Academy newsletter Tom Layton (Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology) takes us on an historical tour of South Bay fountains, creameries, and yogurt shops. The December 2016 Sourisseau News Video provides a stroll among old-time storefronts of Willow Glen, a San José neighborhood that was profiled in the November 2016 Sourisseau Academy newsletter.