San Jose History
2009 Fruit Cocktail Movie Night Guests were encouraged to bring a 1950s dish and wear vintage outfits. After enjoying the delicious food, our guests watched four, short, historical movies about The Valley of Hearts Delight and its transition to The Silicon Valley.Our fourth Annual Fabulous Hats! Party held June 14, 2009 was located in Julia Morgan's last remaining building in San Jose. Located at 1650 The Alameda in the Rosegarden, the residence was built by the Pierce family in 1908. It is currently owned by Bob and June Cullen, long time supporters of PAC*SJ. Ms. Morgan, in the person of Oakland-based historian Betty Marvin, attended and answered questions.
The PAC*SJ BOWL-A-RAMA 2009 was a blast! We had a GREAT turnout at the 4th Street Bowl and lots of fun while bowlers vied for trophies and prizes. Many thanks to the members of teams Prestige Worldwide, Pinheads, Spare Me, Mod Squad, the St. James Johns and Team Palm Haven.
2008 Fruit Cocktail Movie Night Attendees brought vintage delicacies inspired by the 1950s and 1960s for all to sample. Awards were given for the best period outfits and recipes. There was also a silent auction featuring PAC-SJ's usual collection of the unusual as well as wonderful traditional items. Thanks to all the hard working volunteers who helped make this evening a fun event!
2008 Fabulous hats and Dolls Party Guests toured the Bohnett family home in San Jose's Historic Palm Haven Conservation District and perused over 100 unique, designer hats from the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's. In addition, a collection of 65 boxed dolls from a private collector were on sale. Other items available for purchase included new and vintage hat boxes, linens, an extensive collection of vintage doll collector magazines and books, doll clothing, vintage dresses, gloves and boots. We raised over $10,000 to support PAC*SJ's efforts in preserving San Jose's architectural history.
The 2007 Fall Festa and Founders Preservation Celebration held September 28th at the 1836 Roberto-Sunol Adobe - Willow Glen's Oldest Building - was a once in lifetime chance to tour the historic home and gardens. Guests enjoyed fine Italian food, music, wine, live and silent auctions. We inducted owner John Bruzzone and Pied Piper Pest Control into the Preservation Hall of Fame as the individual who saved one of the few surviving Santa Clara County adobes.
The 2007 Fabulous Hats Party and Sale was held in a 1926 Renaissance Revival villa in Shasta Hanchett Park. Classic cars lined the street and guests enjoyed music from Scarlett LaRue's Dixieland Jazz Band. Guests tried on over 150 vintage hats displayed throughout the two story house and then enjoyed refreshments in the backyard.
The Founders Celebration 2006held at the City Hall Rotunda was spectacular. The theme -- Guardians of the City, honoring the San Jose Fire Department and its firefighters for their role in preserving San Jose architectural heritage. Our guests enjoyed fine music by the Benny Torres Jazz Quartet, delicious food by Catered Too, and live and silent auctions.
The 2006 Fabulous Hats Party and Sale was SOLD OUT! Attendees toured a sumptuously restored and decorated 1890's Victorian Home in the heart of the new Reed Historic District in downtown San Jose. They tried on and purchased unique, designer hats from the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's and enjoyed homemade cookies and savory appetizers. People started coming at 1:45 and there was a whirlwind of shopping. Many walked off with 5-6 hats in beautiful bags from Alta dress shop.
The 2006 "Fruit Cocktail Club" Movie Night was packed! Thanks to all who brought food and helped out, especially the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. Special thanks to our sponsors: APRUVAL, Hank Coca's Downtown Furniture Store, KB Homes, The Melehan Family, Helen Stevens and Keith Watt of Le Petit Trianon.
The Homes of Willow Ranch 1950 - 2005 Tour was a wild success! We raised over $16,000 and the tour received rave reviews from attendees. Thanks to all the volunteer docents, many who dressed in fifties attire, and other tireless helpers who made this event a winner. Of course, we also want to thank our many sponsors who made the tour possible.
Preservation Celebration 2005held in History Park was quite an adventure! Our theme, Remembering Frontier Village proved very popular with attendees who enjoyed gunfighter reenactments, a bluegrass band, square dancing, a trick roping exhibition and games such as rolling hoops, jacks, and slingshots for the kids. Local historian, Jack Douglas, was honored (after escaping a near lynching by some confused gunfighters!).
Preservation Celebration 2004We honored Japantown neighborhood activists for preserving the culture and architecture of San Jose's Nihonmachi, one of only three remaining Japantowns in the US. It has survived due to the deep commitment and hard work of community activists. As we do every year, we also marked Founder's Day, when San Jose was incorporated as the oldest civilian settlement in California.
Preservation Celebration 2003 We honored the Peralta Adobe Restoration Committee, who in the 1970s were responsible for the preservation and restoration of the last remaining adobe from the Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe.
Preservation Celebration 2002 We celebrated historic preservation and preservationists in San Jose while raising funds and awareness for the River Street Historic District. River Street was once the home of dozens of Italian Immigrants who came to San Jose before the turn of the century to work on farms and orchards of the Santa Clara Valley.