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.

What's Happening
10th Annual Harvey Kessel Memorial Golf Tournament May 29

The golf tournament will be on Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Micke Grove Links. Please join us in a fun day of golf, food, and prizes. Hole-in-one prize of $10,000. Prizes also for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place foursomes, closest to the hole, longest drive, etc. 11 a.m. check in, Noon lunch, 1 p.m. shotgun start (foursome scramble format), dinner and awards follow at the Museum. Foursome: $500, Individual: $125. Benefits the ongoing programs of the San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum. Sign up forms at the Museum. (209) 331-2055 or 953-3460. Please register by May 26th. 

Genealogy Workshops Launch New First Families Certificate Program

The San Joaquin County Historical Society is offering two genealogy workshops, both to be held at the Museum and both targeted at beginning genealogists. Each will be conducted by experienced professionals from the San Joaquin Genealogical Society. The first workshop will be on June 16, 2015, starting at 6:30 p.m., and the second on June 26, starting at 10 a.m. There is no fee to attend. Please call the Museum to reserve a space in either workshop: (209) 331-2055 or 953-3460.

The workshops mark the beginning of the First Families of San Joaquin County Certificate Program, a joint initiative of the San Joaquin County Genealogical Society and the San Joaquin County Historical Society. The First Families Certificate Program will identify pioneers and early residents of San Joaquin County and honor their lasting contributions. The program will also recognize descendants of theirs who submit genealogical information. For each qualifying ancestor, a certificate, suitable for framing, numbered and signed, will be issued. The name of the ancestor, date settled in San Joaquin County, and the name of the applicant who  descends from the ancestor will be inscribed. The First Families Certificate Program builds on, revises, and expands the longstanding San Joaquin County Pioneer Register, which also recognizes early county residents. Applications and accompanying research for both programs will be housed in the library of the San Joaquin Historical Museum and accessible to the public.

Randy Sparks and The New Christy Minstrels Concert and Dinner, July 31

Randy Sparks--founder of The New Christy Minstrels—and fellow musicians have for years performed an annual concert benefiting the San Joaquin County Historical Society. Again this year the concert will feature the full, seven-member The New Christy Minstrels. The event will be on the grounds of the Museum on Friday, July 31, 2015.  6 pm social hour, 6:30 pm NY steak dinner, 8 pm concert. Dinner and concert $75 per person. Tickets are available at the Museum office, (209) 331-2055 or (209) 953-3460.

They're Baaa-aack! Those loveable farm animals in the CRITTER CORRAL at the Museum: Saturdays and Sundays May 2 through August 30

Visit and pet a variety of live farm animals every Saturday and Sunday at the Critter Corral, May 2 through August 30, 2015. Encounters with the animals are free with regular Museum admission. Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aniaml visits may be cancelled due to rain or other unsafe conditions. The Museum will be closed on Saturday July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

Blue Star Museum

The San Joaquin County Historical Museum is proud to be among the more than 2,000 museums across America to give free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families again this summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day). For a list of other Blue Star museums, see

Festival of Trees Event December 5 & 6 (10 am to 4 pm)

Even Scrooge would get in the holiday spirit gazing at 70 beautifully decorated unique Christmas trees at the Museum Docent Council's 24th annual Festival of Trees event. Docents dressed in vintage Victorian and pioneer clothes will make those attending feel as though they have stepped back in time to celebrate Christmas. The Museum’s seven exhibit buildings will be brimming with dozens of festive trees, each decorated according to a unique theme by different individuals and groups from throughout San Joaquin County. The festival also features charming Christmas exhibits, entertainment, model trains, and many activities including vintage craft demonstrations. For children, there will be many hands-on activities including decorating cookies, making cornhusk dolls, dipped candles, and punched tin ornaments. There is a nominal cost of $1 to $2 for children to make the crafts. Children also will be able to visit Santa. General admission tickets are $10 and $1 for children 2  to 12 years old. Children under 2 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance(beginning Oct 1)  by calling the museum at (209) 331-2055 or 953-3460 or at the Music Box in Stockton or Lodi. By purchasing tickets in advance, the $6 parking fee for Micke Grove Regional Park is waived. Festival of Trees is the Museum Docent Council’s primary fundraiser to support the Museum's educational programs.

Special Exhibitions

Delta Grandeur: The Bucolic Splendor of California's Inland Estuary through August 9
A new exhibition, “Delta Grandeur: The Bucolic Splendor of California’s Inland Estuary,” will premiere May 15 at the Historical Museum. The photography exhibition, reflecting the vision of local photographer Rich Turner, celebrates the beauty and diversity of the threatened Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. more...

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