I'm pretty sure that Google will one day turn out to be an index for Everything That Ever Was, so I'm glad to see History San Jose will be a part of that.
The nonprofit agency, which operates History Park as well as the historic Fallon House and Peralta Adobe, has partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to put a group of exhibits online. The Google Cultural Institute is based in Paris and has nearly 400 partners in 50 countries. "The significance of being able to share the history and culture of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley to a global audience is monumental," History San Jose CEO Alida Bray said.
The online exhibit includes 166 artifacts drawn from three exhibits that were shown at History Park: "Artists for Hire: Painting for the Market in Santa Clara Valley"; "San Jose: City With a Past" and "The Perham Collection of Early Electronics," which has the best shot at catching the eye of that global audience.
Radio pioneer Douglas McDonald Perham was something of a pack rat when it came to collecting, and the exhibit includes a lot of history on the communications industry here before the term "Silicon," came into vogue. You can see the exhibits at www.google.com/culturalinstitute/collection/history-san-jose.
BACK IN THE DAY: Speaking of Google and history, I was recently on the search engine's news site perusing a copy of the San Jose Evening News from June 1923, which I'm apt to do now and then.
I was pleasantly surprised to see an article and photo about an upcoming show at the Victory Theater downtown featuring Francis Renault, the "world's most famous impersonator of beautiful women."
The article, describing a collection of dresses that Renault would wear and which were on display in the show window of the W.L. Prussia store on South First Street, concludes with this gem: "The ladies of San Jose are not going to miss this dazzling exhibition of exquisite gowns worn by a handsome chap who makes a perfect 'lady.' "
I guess San Jose has always been a little progressive, even 90 years ago!
HEAVENLY ROLE: When director Milissa Carey saw that the script for Foothill Music Theatre's production of "Little Shop of Horrors" called for the opening narrator to have a voice "not unlike God," she knew exactly whose voice she wanted: KGO radio host Ronn Owens.
He graciously agreed -- that's what you do when your voice is not unlike God -- and he can be heard in the show, which opened Thursday night at the Lohman Theatre in Los Altos and runs through March 9. Get tickets at www.foothillmusicals.com or call 650-949-7360.