California History Center

California History Center

Winter 2014 Courses

The California History Center academic program serves as the vital link in the partnership between the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and the California History Center Foundation. On average, 20 academic courses are offered each year through the CHC program. Courses are offered during the day, evening, and on weekends, and most courses are transferable to four-year institutions as electives.

California History Center

The following courses will be offered Winter quarter 2014 through the California History Center. Please see the History Department class listings section of the Schedule of Classes.

To sign up for a class, apply for admission and register online. For more information or questions, call the center at 408.864.8712.


Early Airports and Pioneer Flyers of the Bay Area

Course: HIST-053X-95, 2 units, CRN: 32458
Instructor: Chatham Forbes

Excellent flying weather and strategic location made California a thriving center of early airports and record-setting pioneer flyers. The class will visit key sites in the history of Bay Area flight.

Lectures in Room: CHC, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM: Thu., Feb. 27, 2014; Thu., Mar. 20, 2014
Field Studies: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM: Sat., Mar. 1, 2014: San Carlos Airport, Hiller Aviation Museum;
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM: Sat., Mar. 22, 2014: Oakland Airport, Oakland Airport Museum,  Air Traffic Control Center

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Sword and Cross: Spain Settles Alta California

Course: HIST-052X-95, 2 units, CRN: 32457
Instructor: Chatham Forbes

The presence of covetous foreign nations in Pacific waters moved Spain in 1769 to settle Alta California, overcoming much hardship to establish, eventually,  twenty-one missions and four presidios in the territory.

Lectures in Room: CHC, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM: Thu., Jan. 23, 2014; Thu., Feb. 6, 2014
Field Studies:  9:00 AM - 5:30 PM: Sat., Jan. 25, 2014: Mission Santa Clara; De Saisset Museum;
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM: Sat., Feb. 8, 2014: Mission San Jose, San Jose Living Museum

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Architects of the Arts and Entertainment Industries in Silicon Valley 

Course: HIST-054X-95, 2 units, CRN: 32635
Instructor: Crystal Hupp

Silicon Valley is certainly known for its technological innovations, but rarely attracts much attention for its diverse arts and entertainment history.  This course will emphasize the works and achievements of specific Californians who helped develop Silicon Valley’s arts and entertainment venues and industries and explore how these individuals nurtured the needs of a diverse population of people in this ever growing valley.  From San Jose’s first theater opening to the present museums, festivals and nightlife found in the valley, each venture has a story with significant people giving them life.

Lectures in Room: CHC, 6:30 PM - 10:20 PM: Mon., Feb. 3, 2014; Mon., Feb. 24, 2014
Field Studies:  8:30 AM - 5:30 PM: Fri., Feb. 7, 2014; 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM: Sat., Mar. 8, 2014

California History Center
Building: CHC
Contact: Tom Izu
Phone: 408.864.8986

Last Updated: 12/12/13