Discover the Roots of California’s Heartland

The San Joaquin County Historical Museum reveals the fascinating history of the region, from the Yokuts and Miwok through Captain Charles Weber (founder of Stockton and first farmer in the area) and the development of modern agriculture. The Museum has eight exhibition buildings, four historic buildings — including the Charles Weber cottage (1847) and Calaveras School (1866) — and features room dioramas of Weber family furnishings, a children’s gallery, and large displays of hand tools and agricultural equipment.

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Notably San Joaquin event to honor Jerry Fry on August 9

Jerry Fry of Mohr-Fry Ranches will be honored on August 9 at the Notably San Joaquin dinner at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi. The event is a fundraiser for youth educational programs at the Historical Museum. It begins at 5:30 p.m., with an elegant dinner served at 6:30 p.m. A live auction and dance complete the evening. Fry is a fourth generation family member engaged in farming and is CEO and president of Mohr-Fry Ranches. Mohr-Fry includes vineyards with 12 varieties of wine grapes, orchards with two varieties of cherries, and diversified row crops with more than 25 varieties of heirloom beans. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Notably San Joaquin dinner, call the Museum at (209) 331-2055 or 953-3460.

Special Exhibitions

"Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake" August 24-October 19
An exhibition on the complexity of the only WWII Japanese American Segregation Center. Tule Lake was the largest of 10 confinement centers and it housed people referred from all the other sites. Many confined at Tule Lake knew their rights had been undermined and were willing to stand up to the injustice, a most American thing to do. Through haunting images of artifacts by fine art photographer Hiroshi Watanabe, the exhibition provides glimpses into life at Tule Lake. Oral histories by those held captive bring forth the complex issues that swirl around their experiences.


"Singing the Golden State" through August 10
Popular songs about California, from the Gold Rush through the vaudeville era, are celebrated in the new exhibition "Singing the Golden State," which will be at the Museum for an EXTENDED time, until August 10, 2014. The exhibition spotlights graphically striking sheet-music covers published from 1849 through the 1930s. It is a traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy developed by The Society of California Pioneers. more...

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