A new exhibit titled "Wherever There's a Fight: A History of Civil Liberties in California" has opened at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. The traveling exhibit, rich with narrative and photographs, animates the history of civil liberties focusing on the hidden stories of unsung heroes and heroines who stood up for their rights in the . . . → Read More: Museum Opens New Exhibit
Getting things done at the Museum requires a lot of work, much of it done behind the scenes. Fortunately, lots of people have answered the call.
The largest group of workers at the Museum consists of volunteers, most of whom serve with either the Museum’s educational programs, on its Board of Trustees, or as mechanics on its . . . → Read More: Goodbye, Ed
By now, you’ve experienced the beginning of Christmas shopping, with all the retail promotions, the decorations at the mall, and the first appearances of Santa Claus. If you’re weary of holiday commercialization and long for a down-to-earth, nostalgic Christmas experience, you may be delighted to learn about the Festival of Trees.
This family holiday event will be . . . → Read More: An Event With Real Christmas Spirit
Nudity certainly has its place. I honestly can't imagine showering in my clothes. But why anybody would want to walk around au natural in the middle of a densely populated city escapes me. Especially in cold weather, for crying out loud! And in San Francisco! What about the fog, clouds, and rain? Simply thinking about the . . . → Read More: Chilling Out in Northern California
If the docents of San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum put their stories together, our history would tell the true tale, not a textbook re-creation.
It is stunning to realize these fine people were born before the Civil War began, and I can clearly remember them and their voices, voices beginning 150 years ago, especially Great . . . → Read More: A Docent’s Great-Grandparents
Do you know which federally recognized tribe has its headquarters in San Joaquin County? If you answered the California Valley Miwok Tribe, you were correct. I bet most of you didn't answer correctly….
Elders and officers of the California Valley Miwok Tribe present tribal flag to Robin Wood and David Stuart (both on right) of the . . . → Read More: Rediscovering California’s Native Americans
As a retired K-8 principal, I, oddly, find myself still liking children very much. I even like some teachers. To my great pleasure, I have now discovered a wonderful group of fine people: "docents," an extraordinary bunch of wildly diverse folks who channel historical characters as different as the perfect schoolmarm, Matt Dillon (retired), Auntie Mame, . . . → Read More: Docents Rule!
Illustration from 1884 edition of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Last year, I joined three other San Joaquin County archivists one cool winter day for lunch in a downtown Stockton park. Our interests often converge and the conversation moved from one subject to another. Then it turned to movies and television programs filmed locally—either . . . → Read More: Hollywood and San Joaquin County
What do you remember from grade school? Most people remember their best friends, first crushes, and favorite teachers, as well as the mischievous activities they participated in. Altogether, it seems that social activities stick in our minds more than our classroom education. But there were also times when social activities intertwined with classes, which led to . . . → Read More: Pioneer School Day
Migrant family from Missouri on U.S. Highway 99 near Tracy, Calif., 1937. (Dorothea Lange, U.S. Farm Security Administration)
Remember the migrant labor camp in Thornton, California? Gail Erwin posted an entry about it last week on the Museum's blog. That camp is only one of many reminders that the U.S. government sponsored an array of projects—only . . . → Read More: The Living New Deal