March 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

The New Almaden Mining Historic District takes its name from the Almaden mercury mines in Spain. Originally developed by the Romans, they were renamed by the Eighth Century Islamic conquerors of Spain and called “Al Madan” (The Mine). The name survived for well over a thousand years and was reused when mercury was discovered in California. In the March 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album Sourisseau Board Member and Anthropology Professor Charlotte Sunseri explores the history of New Almaden, from the California Gold Rush to the early Twentieth Century.

The New Almaden Quicksilver Mine brought technical expertise from around the world. Miners came from Mexico, from Chile, and from as far away as Cornwall. In the March 2018 Sourisseau Academy news video Ralph Pearce details the story of the tremendous growth of the ethnic diversity of the Santa Clara Valley’s populace during the decades of quicksilver production at New Almaden.

February 2018 Sourisseau Academy photo album and video

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.

Elizabeth Weiss discusses new book

“I love bones. My appreciation of the beauty of skeletal anatomy started at a very young age,” writes Anthropology Professor Elizabeth Weiss in a University of Florida Press blog post, “Human Variation: More Than Skin Deep.” In the post Professor Weiss discusses insights from her new book, Reading the Bones: Activity, Biology, and Culture. For example, “forensic anthropologists are attempting to use bone variation to identify more than just age, sex, and cause of death. Some have used differences in upper arm bone diameters to look at whether the individual was left- or right-handed, arguing that the strength of the bone indicates which arm was used more.” Fascinating!

Jan English-Lueck interviewed in a documentary

Anthropology Professor Jan English-Lueck will appear in a forthcoming documentary on the Science Channel, “Silicon Valley: The Untold Story.” The documentary premieres on January 28. The program description follows:

“Just south of San Francisco lies a region that has spawned not just new products but whole new industries, from vacuum tubes to radio, microchips to personal computers, mobile devices, apps and social media. Home to Apple and Facebook, Intel and Google, there is simply no other place on earth that can rival its remarkable record of innovation. A new Science Channel three-part documentary series will provide a comprehensive look at the century-and-a-half history of this fascinating place, and reveal how and why it became such a fertile ground for technological breakthroughs. SILICON VALLEY: THE UNTOLD STORY premieres Sunday, January 28 at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. It is produced with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA is serving as the community and education outreach partner on the series.”

This promises to be a very interesting program!