Discover the Roots of California’s Heartland

The San Joaquin County Historical Museum reveals the rich heritage of the region, from the Miwok and Yokuts Indians through Charles Weber (founder of Stockton and first farmer in the area) and the development of modern agriculture. The Museum has eight exhibit buildings and four historic buildings, including the 1848 Weber house and the 1866 Calaveras School. Exhibits include room dioramas of Weber family furnishings, a children’s activity area, and large displays of hand tools and historic agricultural equipment. The 18-acre grounds include the Sunshine Trail living exhibition of native habitats and the Delta Water Path. A Critter Corral of farm animals can be enjoyed weekends from May through August.

What's Happening
Celebrate the Museum's Golden Anniversary on Sunday, June 26

The San Joaquin County Historical Museum was created 50 years ago, in 1966. A golden anniversary party will be held on the Museum grounds 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 26, 2016. The celebration will include a catered dinner and Gunther’s ice cream for $20 per person. Attendees who are not members of the County Historical Society will receive a free one-year membership. A special exhibition on the Museum’s 50 years will be open for viewing and a commemorative publication will be available.

There will be musical entertainment, Valley Days (pioneer) crafts, costumed docents, and square dancing. The renovated Sunshine Trail living exhibition of native habitats and a new Delta Water Path will be open for the first time. To reserve your places at the golden anniversary party, please e-mail events@sanjoaquinhistory.org or call (209) 331-2055 before June 22.

Summer Concert at the Museum, August 13

Celebrate the Museum's 50th anniversary with Gary Don Ricks and the Would-be-famous Band, honoring San Joaquin County dairies, dairymen, and ranchers. Saturday, August 13, 2016 on the Museum grounds. Doors open at 6 p.m., New York steak dinner at 7 p.m., concert and dancing to follow. $60 per peson. For reservations or tickets (before August 10), come to the Museum office, call (209) 331-2055, or e-mail events@sanjoaquinhistory.org.

They're Baaa-aack! Those loveable farm animals in the CRITTER CORRAL at the Museum: Saturdays and Sundays April 30 through August 28

Visit and pet a variety of live farm animals every Saturday and Sunday at the Critter Corral, April 30 through August 28, 2016. Encounters with the animals are free with regular Museum admission. Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Animal visits may be cancelled due to rain or other unsafe conditions.

Special Exhibitions

Looking Back on Fifty Years of the San Joaquin County Historical Museum
The "Looking Back on Fifty Years..." exhibition celebrates the golden anniversary of the Museum. The exhibition features seven timelines with milestones in the development of the Museum and its programs, 150 captioned photographs, and interesting artifacts donated through the years. Julie Blood, the Museum's Collections and Exhibits Manager, researched and developed the exhibition, which will remain in the Weber Kennedy Gallery through November 6, 2016 (when preparations begin for the annual Festival of Trees event on December 3-4).

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