The California History Center academic program serves as the vital link in the partnership between the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and the California History Center Foundation. On average, 20 academic courses are offered each year through the CHC program. Courses are offered during the day, evening, and on weekends, and most courses are transferable to four-year institutions as electives.

California History Center

The following courses will be offered Winter quarter 2017 through the California History Center. Please see the History Department class listings section of the Schedule of Classes.

To sign up for a class, apply for admission and register online. For more information or questions, call the center at 408.864.8712.

Billy Ralston: The Man Who Built San Francisco

Course: HIST-051X-95, 2 units, CRN: 34449
Instructor: Nannette Regua

Born in Ohio, William "Billy" Chapman Ralston (1826-1875) became the ultimate Californian; even more, the quintessential San Franciscan. After the California Gold Rush, Ralston wanted San Francisco to become a great financial center of the West. He established numerous businesses and institutions in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Lectures in Room: CHC, 6:30 PM - 10:20 PM:
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 and Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Field Studies: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM:
Saturday, February 4, 2017 and Saturday, February 11, 2017

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San José’s Japantown

Course: HIST-053X-95, 2 units, CRN: 34725
Instructor: Crystal Hupp

San José's Japantown is now 126 years old and one of only three remaining authentic historic Japantowns in the United States. This course will examine the history of San José's Japantown with a particular focus on its residents, business developments, the arts and entertainment options. Students will explore this historic and vibrant community through two lectures and two hands-on field studies events that will take place in Japantown in San José.

Lectures in Room: CHC, 6:30 PM - 10:20 PM:  
Thursday, March 10, 2016; Thursday, March 24, 2016
Field Studies: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM:
Saturday, March 4, 2017 and Saturday, March 11, 2017

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