The Soccer Legacy Project is a partnership among SSV Community Foundation (i.e., WE FANS), History San Jose (the city's history museum) and the San Jose Earthquakes. We are collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of soccer here in the Bay Area -- the entire history, youth, recreational, and pro; men and women; and not merely the Quakes (both NASL and MLS), but FC Gold Pride, San Jose Cyberrays, San Jose Frogs, San Francisco Seals, Real San Jose, Oakland Clippers, Oakland Stompers, and beyond.
WE FANS are collecting the artifacts and saving them from oblivion by donating them to the museum. The Quakes have joined in by donating a comprehensive collection of electronic images and videos from the MLS era, 1996-2005, along with select items like Joe Cannon's game-worn kit from his 100th victory. Former players have joined in by donating items (including the reel-to-reel highlight footage by Johnny Moore). And individual fans have cleaned out their closets, attics and basements.
WE FANS are processing ("cataloging") the artifacts into the museum collection, where they are preserved in an acid-free, climate-controlled environment. Any fan can volunteer his or her time (and dozens already have) to literally touch Quakes history by entering data into the museum database, or photographing items, all of which we intend to exhibit online someday.
And WE FANS are raising the funds to ensure a major exhibit of the Bay Area soccer history to coincide with the opening of the new stadium along with a permanent exhibit in the stadium.
This unique partnerships relies upon, and would not exist without, the volunteer and financial support of the fans through Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and any fan who wants can become involved and be "part of the team."
To volunteer, click here.
To donate, click here.
Click here for Soccer Legacy Project Photo Gallery
Photo: Jill Arnone
In September 2010, those attending the SSVCF annual dinner at History Park in San Jose saw the premiere of a small exhibit in the Pacific Hotel lobby, entitled "Magic Years: Johnny Moore and the San Jose Earthquakes, 1974-84," including NASL artifacts from the museum's Soccer Legacy Collection. Assembled by the museum's professional curators, the exhibit was designed to give a taste of what permanent exhibit displays might look like in the new soccer stadium.