What comes to your mind when you think about the Civil War? Abraham Lincoln? Ulysses S. Grant? How about row after row of Union and Confederate soldiers facing off with single-shot rifles? And where do you see the battles happening? Can you think of any west of the Mississippi?
Members of the Hartford Post G.A.R., . . . → Read More: The Civil War in San Joaquin County
I like old photographs. I like them especially when I know something about them—for example, the names of the subjects and the context. When I don't, I'm tempted to make up imaginary stories that may or may not be grounded in reality.
Leon Clancy Collect., S.J. Co. Hist. Museum
Several months ago, I came across the photograph . . . → Read More: Racing Cars in Stockton
One of the best-kept secrets of San Joaquin County may be the historic government records housed at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. Knowledge that these resources exist often comes as a surprise to visitors. The Museum holds official records from the County of San Joaquin and the Cities of Stockton and Lodi that, together, span . . . → Read More: Lodi History Made Easier
Sometimes I marvel at the amount of data floating around "out there." Any stranger who knows where to look can discover where I live (and have lived), my telephone number, my age, and the names of members in my family. And that's just the beginning.
Have you ever wondered how different things were in the past?
. . . → Read More: The Great Register of San Joaquin County
What comes to your mind when you think about California's Gold Rush? Do you see yellow specks in the sand? Frenzied miners? Lawlessness? How about unattached women who practiced the oldest profession on earth? Knowledge about the presence of prostitutes in the gold fields is nothing new. But not until recently did I come across evidence . . . → Read More: Sex and the Gold Rush in San Joaquin County
The San Joaquin County Historical Society is pleased to announce receipt of an award from the California Preservation Needs Assessment Project. The award will support an analysis by outside professionals of preservation needs within the San Joaquin County Historical Museum’s archives and library. This award complements another, more general one that the U.S. Institute of Museum . . . → Read More: Historical Society Awarded Grant
I don't usually combine the words San Joaquin County and mining in the same sentence, even though Stockton can be considered the gateway to the so-called Southern Mines of the Mother Lode during the Gold Rush. But actual mining—here in San Joaquin County? When it comes to natural resources, I think of water and soil, not . . . → Read More: Mining in San Joaquin County
Have you noticed how little rain has fallen in San Joaquin County this season? Do you remember how different it was last year? Seasonal variations have occurred for centuries, and they've become the subject of scientific analysis. In fact, an organization called the California Extreme Precipitation Symposium has been studying this subject for almost twenty years. . . . → Read More: Extreme Rainfall
Chances are, you may not recognize the objects in the photograph below. It's highly unlikely that you know the story behind them, either. But I can almost guarantee that you will never forget either the images or the story after you read the next few paragraphs.
I've worked at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum for about . . . → Read More: Explosive Films
Have you ever wanted to drive a big old tractor, the kind that shakes windows, blasts eardrums, and gives off enough pollution to destroy the ozone? I'll confess that I have. How about something really old, like a 1920 Holt 75? Now, pretend you've found one. How do you start and drive it, let alone repair . . . → Read More: Taking Care of Old Tractors