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
Quarterly Program "Remarkable Women of Stockton," April 28

Join Mary Jo Gohlke, news writer turned librarian, as she shares the stories of 22 noteworthy women. Her book Remarkable Women of Stockton was released in March 2014. The dinner and program will be in the Julia Micke Memorial Building (Micke Grove Regional Park) at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 28. Dinner by Angelina's: pasta, salad, bread, drink, and dessert. $10 per person. RSVP to Museum office by April 23: (209) 331-2055 or 953-3460.

9th Annual Harvey Kessel Memorial Golf Tournament

The golf tournament will be on Friday, May 2, 2014, 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, dinner and awards follow at the Museum. Foursome: $480, Individual: $120. Benefits the ongoing programs of the San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum. (209) 331-2055 or 953-3460. 

CRITTER CORRAL at the Museum: Fridays and Saturdays, March 7-May 31 (EXCEPT EASTER WEEKEND)

Visit and pet a variety of live farm animals every Friday and Saturday from March 7 through May 31 at the Critter Corral.  The petting zoo has two mama sheep, Mocha and Cloud, with twins.  Mocha's twin lambs needed help being born, so they are being bottle-fed twice-a-day.  Needless to say, they are very, very friendly!  Pixey, the pig had a litter and the two piglets are now almost 4 months old.  Besides these babies, the Critter Corral has Twin Nigerian dwarf kids, a mini Hereford calf, and a baby llama that will arrive in March or April. Encounters with the animals are free with regular Museum admission, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EASTER WEEKEND, THE CRITTERS WILL BE IN THE CORRAL THURSDAY, APRIL 17 AND FRIDAY, APRIL 18.  NO CRITTERS ON SATURDAY, APRIL 19.

Randy Sparks and The New Christy Minstrels Concert and Dinner, July 25

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 25.  6 pm social hour, 6:30 pm NY steak dinner, 8 pm concert. Dinner and concert $75 per person. www.thenewchristyminstrels.com Tickets are available at the Museum office, (209) 331-2055 or (209) 953-3460.

Special Exhibitions


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 from April 6 through June 1, 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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