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The Silva Family Fountain, formally the Fountain of Wisdom, stands on the grounds of San Jose State University in San Jose, California. This fountain now commemorates the Silva family in honor of their contributions to the education system in the Silicon Valley. Standing 5 feet (1.5 meters) high, its large bowl contains water that flows over into a square trough decorated with mosaic tiles. Historically, the fountain served as a pensieve. A pensieve is an object used to review memories. Individuals over time have siphoned their recollections into the bowl of water at the top of the fountain, that way future visitors may view the memories. Problems arose in the event of individuals altering memories previously placed inside in the late 1950's. Due to misuse of the fountain’s ability, the Silva family encouraged the administration to both change the name and appearance of the fountain. In 1963, the administration set forth to remodel the appearance of the fountain in addition to changing its name to the Silva Family Fountain in attempt to reduce misuse. The fountain’s served as a pensieve from 1902 to 1963, visiting is still open to the public today. A plaque at the base of the fountain was added in 1998 which reads,“Wisdom is the principal thing.” Funds to preserve the historic fountain have been donated by many families of the Silicon Valley, staff members of the university and alumni.