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All these titles can be found in the book collection of the Santa Clara City Library. Some of these titles are also available for sale at the Friends of the Library Book Store, at the Santa Clara Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Rd.

"A Place of Promise" - City of Santa Clara 1852-2002

In words and pictures, this book focuses on the town of Santa Clara and the people that shaped it over 150 years. The book’s authors are Lorie Garcia, George Giacomini and Geoffrey Goodfellow. The book is for sale at the Santa Cara Chamber of Commerce, 1850 Warburton Avenue; at City Hall, 1500 Warburton Avenue, at other City facilities; and at the Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Avenue. The book can also be purchased online at and

Images of America - Cemeteries of Santa Clara

This book, part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, chronicles the architectural treasures, thoughtful or cryptic verses carved in stone, and monuments found everywhere in Santa Cara cemeteries that resist and challenge the waves of time and change. Santa Clara Mission Cemetery and Mission City Memorial Park were both founded before the City itself. Santa Clara Mission Cemetery was established by the Jesuit fathers along with Santa Clara College in 1851. Many pioneers are interred here, and beneath the Varsi Chapel floor lies what may be the oldest mausoleum in the valley. Mission City Memorial Park, known simply as the graveyard when it was founded in 1850, once doubled as a dump and a refuge for stray farm animals. It is now a beautifully landscaped, 25.5-acre cemetery and City park, memorializing valley residents of the past 150 years. This book was authored by regional historian and preservationist Bea Lichtenstein, and is available for sale at the Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Avenue, and online at and

Images of America - Santa Clara

This book, also part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, details in photographs and captions, the early history of the Town of Santa Clara, town construction and early settlers, the development of business and industry, educational institutions, growth and change that have made the City of Santa Clara what it is today. The book was authored by regional historian and preservationist Bea Lichtenstein, and is available at the Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Avenue, and online at and

Santa Clara Sagas

Austen Den Warburton (1917-1995), an attorney and history buff, wrote a series of historical articles about families in Santa Clara’s history which appeared in the “Santa Clara American” during the 1970’s and 1980’s. They have been compiled here along with over 90 photographs. Historical essays about the City of Santa Clara, added by editor Mary Jo Ignoffo, complement the family sagas. This book is available for purchase the California History Center in the historic “Le Petit Trianon” building near the Flint Center at De Anza College (open September through June), or online at

Telling the Santa Clara Story - Sesquicentennial Voices

Edited by Russell K. Skowronek, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Santa Clara University, this book contains “stories” about yesterday, today, and tomorrow, told by “eyewitnesses” or constructed through a combination of archaeology, documentary and oral history research. The book was published as a cooperative effort by the City of Santa Clara and Santa Clara University in honor of the sesquicentennial celebration of Santa Clara in 2002. the book is available from the Santa Clara University bookstore. It is also available for purchase at

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