Hands-On History Days: Happy Birthday San Jose!
November 18 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
After being postponed due to poor air quality from recent fires, Happy Birthday San José is back on!
Celebrate San José’s 240th Birthday at its oldest home – the Peralta Adobe! Explore inside the adobe and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities. Try your hand at bull roping, make a leather bracelet with saddle maker & blacksmith John Grafton, build your own corn husk doll, and more!
Take in performances from the Los Lupeños de San José dancers and Cisco Jim – the Singing Cowboy. Then pop across the street for a family friendly tour of the historic Fallon House that includes birthday games in the parlor! And top it all off with a slice of birthday cake!
Special thanks to our event sponsors:
San Pedro Square Market, Council member Donald Rocha, and Mayor Sam Liccardo
Activity tickets: $1/ticket (FREE to HSJ Members)
Fallon House tours: $5/person (FREE to HSJ Members) (Tour Times: 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:30, 3:00)
Program of events:
11:45 Musical performance by Cisco Jim
12:00 Greetings from Greg Bernal-Mendoza Smestad, Ph.D. 1775-76 Anza Expedition Descendant
12:10 Luis Moreno sings Alabado
12:15 A History with Greg Bernal-Mendoza Smestad, Ph.D.
Raising of the Flag to Trumpet Fanfare – Marcha Real with David Martinez, Commandante Los Soldados del Real Presidio de Santa Barbára and Soldados, Frank Martinez, Michael Valladares
12:25 Introduction and Remarks
Alida J. Bray, President & CEO, History San José
Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County Supervisor, Dist. 3
Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor, Dist. 2
Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San José
Raúl Peralez, Councilmember, Dist. 3, City of San José
Don Rocha, Councilmember, Dist. 9, City of San José
12:55 Luis Moreno and Los Lupeños perform to the Spanish Waltz
1:00 Martha Vallejo McGettigan, Anza Expedition Descendant
Ash Kalra, Assembly Member, 27th Assembly Dist.
Mexican Consulate General for the City of San José
1:15 Luis Moreno and Los Lupeños perform to El Sombrero Blanco
1:25 Roll Call of the Names of the Founders
Birthday Cake & Las Mañanitas – Everybody join in and sing!
Luis Moreno and Los Lupeños perform Songs and Dances of Early California
2:00 El Acto de Blanca Alvardo Performance by the Luis Valdez Leadership Academy.