California History Center

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Unfortunately, we are not able to open the California History Center offices for visitors this fall, due to restrictions related to COVID-19. Thank you for understanding and please check back here for updates and future plans.

History as Education

Focusing on California and regional studies, the California History Center and Foundation present exhibits, offer classes with De Anza College, publish books and a periodical, and operate a library and archives. Special events including lectures, panel discussions and workshops are also featured.

New Series: Witnessing History

Marchers in Montgomery, Alabama

Martin Luther King Jr and other speakers in Montgomery, Alabama

Fred Stone was in college when he photographed the arrival of civil rights marchers in Montgomery, Alabama, in the spring of 1965. The California History Center is proud to feature his historic photos, along with a compelling account of the struggle for voting rights, before and after the march, written by historian David Howard-Pitney, a member of the CHC Foundation Board of Trustees. 

With its programs and resources, the California History Center  – which has received numerous awards and honors – is an active focal point for California history studies and has been recognized as an "outstanding educational facility" by the State of California.

Emphasizing living history, the center provides students with a unique opportunity to "encounter the historic site, document, or experienced individual, and personally interpret and recreate a period in history."

Housed in the reconstructed le Petit Trianon, a national registered landmark located on the De Anza campus, the center offers credit classes, changing exhibits and a video documentation program. The magazine Californian appears 3 times a year. Students can participate in all of these activities

Additionally, the center's Stocklmeir Library hosts a growing collection of materials on California history and on almost every aspect of Santa Clara Valley's development, including student research papers, books, journals, video and audio oral histories, photographs, manuscripts, newsletters, clippings and pamphlets.

Audrey Edna Butcher Civil Liberties Education Initiative

Audrey ButcherAudrey Butcher was a local World War II-era schoolteacher who taught students that civil rights must be protected and never again violated as they were with the internment of Japanese Americans. In Audrey's honor, her daughter, Margaret, donated a generous gift to the CHC to create a civil liberties education initiative. 

The gift will help ensure the ongoing operation and long-term sustainability of the CHC.

Contact Info

Tom Izu

Tom Izu
Executive Director Emeritus

California History Center



Tom Izu Honored

CHC board members

The California History Center's Tom Izu has been honored by a prominent community organization for his work as a civil rights educator and advocate.

Izu is one of four honorees recognized by the Asian Americans for Community Involvement organization during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May 2020. His profile was also featured by NBC Bay Area.

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