Mary Jo Ignoffo has written books on local and California history. They are available through the California History Center (CHC) at De Anza www.calhistory.org or 408-864-8712. Most are also available through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune (2010) by Mary Jo Ignoffo
Since her death in 1922, Sarah Winchester has been perceived as a mysterious, haunted figure. After inheriting a vast fortune upon the death of her husband in 1881, Sarah purchased a simple farmhouse in San José, California. She began building additions to the house. A hostile press cast Sarah as the conscience of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company—a widow shouldering responsibility for the many deaths caused by the rifle that brought her riches. She was accused of being a ghost-obsessed spiritualist, and to this day it is largely believed that the extensive construction she executed on her San José house was done to appease the ghouls around her.
Was she really as guilt-ridden and superstitious as history remembers her?
ISBN 978-0-8262-1905-3 eISBN 978-0-8262-7237
Presenting the President: Press Photos of U.S. Presidents in Santa Clara County
From Ulysses S. Grant to George W. Bush compiled and written by Mary Jo Ignoffo
A collection of press photos of U.S. presidents in Santa Clara County,
from Ulysses S. Grant to George W. Bush. Exhibition catalog, 2004. California History Center.
Milestones: A History of Mountain View, California by Mary Jo Ignoffo
Mountain View was a bustling stagecoach stop on El Camino Real a full fifty years before a city was incorporated there. Milestones takes us down the road of Mountain View history and marks off the important twists and turns as a community of people that grows up around it—individuals who hail from every nation on earth and participate in an important way in the Silicon Valley and the development of the “information super-highway,” connecting the local community with people around the world.
ISBN 0-935089-28-4 (soft) ISBN 0-935089-27-6 (cloth) 2002
Proceeds benefit the Mountain View Historical Association. Also available at the Mountain View Public Library.
Gold Rush Politics: California's First Legislature by Mary Jo Ignoffo with a foreword by Kevin Starr
Events that led to California’s admission to the Union are told in this lively and colorful narrative of the First Legislature which convened in the midst of the biggest gold rush the world has ever known. This book emphasizes the personalities of California’s early representatives.
Paperback – Feb 2, 2000 ISBN 0-993508-92-25
Funds return to the State of California
A Meeting of the Minds: A Retrospective of the ToKalon Club of San Jose, California 1903-2003 by Mary Jo Ignoffo
Today’s ToKalon Club of San Jose, California was established as the Young Woman’s Club in 1903. This book tells the history of the club, from its antecedents in the woman’s club movement sweeping the nation at the turn of the twentieth century. San José history plays a prominent role in this narrative. ISBN 0-935089-29-2 2003.
Proceeds benefit The California History Center Foundation
Santa Clara Sagas by Austen D. Warburton edited by Mary Jo Ignoffo
The late Austen Warburton (1917-1995), attorney, philanthropist, patron of the arts and history buff, wrote a series of stories about Santa Clara families which appeared in the Santa Clara American during the 1970s and 1980s. This book is a compilation of those stories, recounting memories and experiences of many immigrant families, and how they came to live in Santa Clara. 1996 ISBN 0-935089-20-9 or ISBN 0-935089-19-5 (soft).
Reflections of the Past An Anthology of San Jose by Terry Christensen, Charlene Duval, Ellen Garboske, Phil Grasser, and Mary Jo Ignoffo
edited by Judith Henderson; photo editor Glory Anne Laffey
This collaboration between five authors results in a serious history of San Jose, California that emphasized the multi-cultural diversity that has always distinguished San Jose’s population, the achievements of local women that have been overlooked in other histories, and a number of San Jose “firsts.”
ISBN 1-886483-07-8 Published by Heritage Media Corporation, Encinitas, California
Sunnyvale: From the City of Destiny to the Heart of the Silicon Valley by Mary Jo Ignoffo
Long before the City of Sunnyvale was incorporated in 1912, it was part of Rancho Pastoria de las Borregas, an old sheep pasture for Mission Santa Clara. The rancho was purchased by land baron Martin Murphy, Jr. where he established a home for his large family. This book traces the history of Sunnyvale from its earliest days to the emergence of the Silicon Valley after World War II, and the demise of agriculture.
Paperback. 1994 ISBN 0-935089-17-9