Thank You for Joining Us For

A Taste of History: Spaces of Belonging

Saturday, March 25, 2023 | 4-7 p.m.

Visual & Performing Arts Center, De Anza College

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This special event was co-hosted by the California History Center and the Euphrat Museum of Art, featuring author Anne Marie Todd and singer, songwriter and pianist Jackie Gage

taste of history

Proceeds from the Taste of History support after-school art classes for at-risk youth, and De Anza student multimedia projects that preserve and share our local history. 

"Spaces of Belonging" explored how the land and spaces we live in shape us and how we shape them.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

  • Platinum: Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust
  • Silver: Judy C. Miner
  • Bronze: Tom Izu and Susan Hayase, Lloyd A. Holmes, Elvin T. Ramos
  • Patron: Diana Argabrite, Hugh Argabrite, Christina G. Espinosa-Pieb and Wolfgang Pieb, Karen and Alex Hall, Mary and Laury Smith, Jim and Sharon Walker, Gilbert Wong
  • Corporate: Blach Construction, Mark Cavagnero Associates, Star One Credit Union

Event Partners

California History Center Foundation, Community Education Division, De Anza Commission, Euphrat Museum of Art, Foothill-De Anza Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Division

young girl with watering can

woman planting in soil

[Scenes from Veggielution, a community farm in East San José that is cited in "Valley of Heart's Delight"] 

  • De Anza College President Lloyd Holmes presented student and community awards. 
  • Author Anne Marie Todd spoke about sense of place in the Santa Clara Valley including excerpts from her new book, "Valley of Heart's Delight."  
  • San José native Jackie Gage, with guitarist Kevin Goldberg, performed original songs about San José, the Santa Clara Valley and California. 

Guests enjoyed delicious snacks, desserts and wines from local producers, and also

  • Viewed the current Euphrat Museum of Art exhibition, featuring four local artists who have been instrumental in creating "spaces of belonging" and inspiring new beginnings.  
  • Navigated to the De Anza College Planetarium for a special 7:30 p.m. showing of "Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, and Stars." This full-dome show tells the 5,000 year story of voyaging in the Pacific and celestial navigation techniques.

About Jackie Gage

Jackie GageSan José native Jackie Gage is an international recording artist whose velvety voice and uplifting songwriting create a relaxed atmosphere familiar to California natives. Straddling worlds of jazz and folk and R&B, her sentimental music easily moves from large philharmonic halls in Eastern Europe to to intimate New York song clubs.

Jackie grew up surrounded by a diverse music community – from cooing songwriters in coastal cafes, to soul-stirring gospel music in San José’s Antioch Baptist Church.

She is currently recording an album with Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Jesse Harris, and just released her single “Green” focused on climate justice. 

About Anne Marie Todd

Anne Marie ToddAuthor Anne Marie Todd is professor of communication studies and associate dean for academic programs and student success in the College of Social Sciences at San José State University.  

Her book, "Valley of Heart’s Delight," explores the agricultural history that transformed the Santa Clara Valley over the past 100 years, from the United States' largest fruit-producing region into the technology capital of the world.

She advocates looking at our community’s sense of place or placelessness to increase awareness and a sense of responsibility toward the natural surroundings. 

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