September 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

From 1850 to 1910, livery stables, harness makers, blacksmiths and wagon builders were essential to transportation and commerce in virtually every California town.  In the September 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album retired Anthropology Professor Tom Layton presents an illustrated tour through the Equine Era of “horse power” to its replacement by the “horsepower” of the automobile.

The September 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video explores the elegant, engraved graphics that graced the letterheads of San José merchants during the same years as the “Equine Era.”

Alan Leventhal publishes a research article

Alan Leventhal is the College of Social Sciences Information Technology Consultant. He is also an anthropologist, and recently co-published an article with several others (including Department of Anthropology alumna Irina Nechayev). Their article “Biocultural Perspectives on Interpersonal Violence in the Prehistoric San Francisco Bay Area” is forthcoming in Hunter-Gatherer Adaptation and Resilience: A Bioarchaeological Perspective, which will be published by Cambridge University Press. Congratulations Alan!

August 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

The late 19th century was a Golden Age for San José engravers. In the August 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album retired Anthropology Professor Tom Layton takes readers on a guided tour through half a century of exuberant letterheads from local printers.

The August 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video pays tribute to a century of working women, whose labor was essential to the growth of commerce in the Santa Clara Valley.

July 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

Despite the pervasive myth of the “stay at home” wife and mother, working women have been a mainstay of the Santa Clara Valley workforce for well over a century. In the July 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album retired Anthropology Professor Tom Layton celebrates this unsung labor force of cannery workers, telephone operators and clerks — not to mention the entrepreneurial founders of the Women’s Fruit Preserving Association, whose 1890s Honeysuckle Brand labels graced fruit cans from coast to coast.

In the July 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video Professor Layton tours the ceremonial gates, arches, and banners of the Santa Clara Valley orchards of yesteryear.