Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 6:00pm-7:30pm (PST)

La Raza Historical Society of Santa Clara Valley sponsors a "Virtual Plática" in Honor of Memorial Day 2022, with a focus on the "Sons of San José Vietnam War Memorial." Join us!

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La Raza Historical Society is an avenue for the

preservation of social, business, political, 

and civil rights contributions of La Raza 

community from the mid 1800s to present.

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Richard Martinez East Valley AGI Forum San Jose, CA 4/30/2022

Richard Martinez East Valley AGI Forum San Jose, CA 4/30/2022

Richard Martinez East Valley AGI Forum San Jose, CA 4/30/2022 Remembering Richard V. Martinez (9/11/1931 – 2/19/ 2017) Richard and Trinidad Martinez’s family gathered at Calvary Cemetery in San Jose on January 21, 2022, to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of their fathers passing. Retired Master Sergeant Richard V. Martinez was the longtime Commander of the East Valley American GI Forum in San Jose, California. He served his country for more than 30 years and was a tireless champion for Latino Veterans. He was especially interested in making sure they received the honors and awards they had earned defending their country His family has given his collected military archive to La Raza Historical Society of Santa Clara Valley. The collection consists of more than 50 framed posters, photos of award ceremonies and other printed memorabilia. They also contributed the family’s collection of dozens of copies of El Excentrico Magazines dating from 1952 through 1981. He passed peacefully with his family at his side at age 85 in 2017. He was survived by his wife of 65 years Trinidad De La Grande Martinez (6/16/1935 – 4/4//2018). She was an accomplished musician and teacher. Her father, Agustin De La Grande was the best-known pianist and youth music teacher in San Jose beginning in the 1950’s. They had a large family, 13 children and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and he had 3 sisters. His vigil was held on Thursday March 3, 2017, at Darling Fischer Chapel in San Jose. His funeral Mass was held on Friday March 3, 2017, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in San Jose. Videographer: Ramon J. Martinez Ph.D. 20220121012949 1 1 1
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Our Mission

Preserving la raza contributions

We collect and digitize articles, photographs, taped videos and oral histories of individuals and families who have long contributed to the prosperity of our region.

Availability of this information to academic researchers and others who are interested in knowing more about our Raza community

provides data about our community heroes, many of whom have never received civic recognition for their efforts in making

Santa Clara Valley what it is today.

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Continued support to meet our goals

Your contributions help fund our projects with community-based affiliates like History San Jose, individuals, schools and other groups. 

Our list of sponsors have allowed us to move forward with our major objectives and we are counting on you for your support.



Please help us continue the mission to preserve our history. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


La Raza Historical Society
of Santa Clara Valley is a California
Public Benefit Corporation (#3974355) and
is an IRS § 501(c) (3) Public Charity Non-Profit Organization. Federal ID Tax # 81-3429366. 

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Humberto Garcia speaking outside Civic Auditorium San Jose

Downtown San Jose

Mexican Historic Sites Tour

A walk through Mexican historic Downtown San Jose sponsored by San Jose City Councilmember Honorable Raul Peralez