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Local History

Signposts Revisited  This new publication combines author Pat Loomis' previous two books, Signposts and Signposts II and tells the stories of how our streets were named. Signposts Revisited is a must-read for anyone interested in local history. The book is a combined project of PAC-SJ, California Pioneers of Santa Clara Valley, History San Jose, and the Argonauts Historical Society.

Signposts Revisited is available through the PAC-SJ office for $25. If you would like the book mailed, please add $3 for shipping and handling. Call the office at 408.998.8105 or email: to place an order. The books will also be available at all of our events.

The book is also available as a premium to new and renewing PAC-SJ members who JOIN at the $100+ level.

Touring Historic Willow Glen, published in a partnership between the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and Preservation Action Council of San Jose.  The book costs $17.95 and can be purchased by calling the PAC*SJ office - (408) 998-8105.

The Gem of Edenvale: the Historic Hayes Mansion of San Jose, California by Nancy L. Newlin

The Willow Glen Neighborhood: Then and Now (San Jose Neighborhoods Series) by April H. Halberstadt

San Jose and Its Cathedral  by Marjorie Pierce

The Restless Valley - a two hour documentary aired on PBS (1964) with Clyde Arbuckle

Clyde Arbuckle's History of San Josť - 540 pages (1986, out-of-print but now downloadable as an ebook from

San Jose's Women: Colonial Days to the 1970's - pioneering women and their achievements (2002) by Helen Arbuckle

San Jose, California's First City (The American Portrait Series) by Edwin A. and Demers, Donald O., Jr. Beilharz

San Jose reflections : an illustrated history of San Jose, California and some of surrounding area by Edith Brockway

Mission San Jose (The Missions of California) by Amy Margaret (Library Binding - May 1999)

San Jose: City With a Past  by Kathleen Muller

The Architecture of San Jose, California: a selected bibliography by Anthony G. White

Life Along the Guadalupe River - an Archaeological and Historical Journey  - The story of the Woolen Mills Chinatown site that existed at Taylor Street and the Guadalupe River between 1888-1902 and the excavation work done for the widening of Highway 87. Available through Friends of the Guadalupe River Park Gardens

The Alameda - The Beautiful Way  Shannon Clark. Purchase from the Alameda Business Association

Other Preservation Publications