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S.E.S.

(Sociedade do Espirito Santo)

 
 
S.E.S. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2012
1. S.E.S. Marker
Inscription. The Portuguese men and women of Santa Clara founded this building, commonly known as the S.E.S. Hall, in 1896. This fraternal organization was created as a means of communication and socialization. It gave the Portuguese community a place to meet, to discuss current issues and share news from the homeland. It also gave them a place to celebrate the feast of the Holy Spirit which originated over 700 years ago. This feast commemorates a miracle that happened during the reign of Queen Isabela of Portugal. In the legend during a time when there was a famine in the land Queen Isabela prayed to the Holy Spirit for help for her people. When hope was almost gone ships full of grain and food arrived in Lisbon harbor. As the miracle was realized, she took her crown and placed it on the head of a peasant girl. This action was followed by a meal for the poor consisting of ample meat, bread and wine. Today we call this meal “Sopas do Espirito Santo” which is preceded by a procession to and from St. Clare’s Church.
 
Location. 37° 21.221′ N, 121° 56.731′ W. Marker is in Santa Clara, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Lafayette Street just south of Lewis Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1299 Lafayette Street, Santa Clara CA 95050, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
S.E.S. Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2012
2. S.E.S. Hall and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Parade of Champions (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Field House (about 600 feet away); Charles Copeland Morse Residence (about 600 feet away); Morse Mansion (about 700 feet away); Frederick C. Franck, Jr., Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Russell – Robinson House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hichborn House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Senator Franck House Site (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Santa Clara.
 
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Sociedade do Espirito Santo Hall image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 29, 2012
3. Sociedade do Espirito Santo Hall
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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