Past Events Held at the California History Center 

Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl

Join us at the California History Center for the first Santa Clara Annual Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 22, 2016 and learn more. Visit each of our eleven participating archives, museum and special collections locations for special displays and programs.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Digging To Chinatown - Second Annual San José J-Town FilmFest

De Anza College’s California History Center (CHC) announces the premiere of “Digging to Chinatown,” a new documentary video on Heinlenville, Chinatown in San José 1887-1931.“Digging to Chinatown” is a dynamic narrative of an extraordinary Chinese community, buried in history only to surface through excavation. Created by historian Connie Young Yu and videographer Barre Fong, with the sponsorship of the CHC, the documentary uses historic photographs, interviews and never-before-seen images of the archaeological excavation of the Heinlenville site.

Sunday, May 22, 2016
11:00 a.m.
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street, San José,

Remembering Chatham Forbes

Please join us as we pay tribute to Chatham Forbes Sr who passed away in February. He taught history course at the center for over 40 years! He lead several classes to trips to Spain and specialized in different California and local history at De Anza.

Thursday May 5, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

How We Can Transition To 100% Clean Renewable Energy

Meet author Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and director of the school’s Atmosphere/Energy Program.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
1:30 p.m.
Kirsch Center Room 115

2016 Day of Remembrance

14th Annual Day of Remembrance - Lessons Learned from the World War II Internment of Japanese Americans and the present danger of "Islamophobia." Join Japanese American communitites throughout the United State in commemorating the date, February 19, 1942, when Executive Order 9066 led to the mass imprisonment of 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry in direct violation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.


  • Brice Hamack, Northern California Civil Rights Coordinator, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Shirin Sinnar, Assistant Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

February 18, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Campus Center, Conference Rooms A & B

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