There are two remaining stereotypes that I’d like to address. First, that the Indians from San Joaquin County area were nothing special.
It is remarkable enough that the ancestors of the Native people from what is now San Joaquin County settled this area perhaps thirteen thousand years ago and developed lifeways suited to a new and changing . . . → Read More: Stereotypes of Native People in San Joaquin County, Part 3
American educators and the mainstream media have depicted the Native peoples of California—especially in the Central Valley—as passive, weak, and disinclined to defend their homelands. Americans tend to put the warrior Indians of the Great Plains on a pedestal, even though their cultures developed after Europeans reintroduced the horse to the New World. California Indians had . . . → Read More: Stereotypes of Native People in San Joaquin County, Part 2
”I encourage students to pursue an idea far enough so they can see what the…stereotypes are. Only then do they begin to hit pay dirt.” (Robert Morgan)
I began my career as a seasonal worker at Caswell Memorial State Park, in southern San Joaquin County. Preparing for campfire programs, I soon realized that what I had been . . . → Read More: Stereotypes of Native People in San Joaquin County, Part 1
Have you ever smelled a strange musty smell after walking into a library filled with old books? That may be the smell of decay. Over time, paper can fall apart under attack by fungus, mold, and chemical breakdown, not to mention insects and other destructive creatures. Many three-dimensional museum objects face the same or similar enemies. . . . → Read More: Museums, Libraries, and Air Conditioning
It’s hard for me to imagine memories of World War II fading. My father served as an army medic in Europe during the War and survived the Battle of the Bulge. As a kid, I poured over the photographs he brought home and listened eagerly to his wartime stories.
Unfortunately, members of Dad’s generation are slipping away . . . → Read More: The Bataan Relief Organization
The other day, Museum volunteer Gersh Rosen walked into the library talking about the Big Four. The Big Four who entered my mind were major Allied leaders at the Paris Peace Conference that ended World War I: U.S. president Woodrow Wilson, British prime minister David Lloyd George, Premier Georges Clemenceau of France, and Italian premier Vittorio . . . → Read More: The Big Four
Currently on display at the Museum is a selection of Native American baskets (most of which are Pomo in origin) from the collection of Medora Johnson, the Museum’s first director. Born and raised in Lakeport, California, Medora gained an appreciation for history and Native American culture by helping her mother establish a museum in Lake . . . → Read More: “Medora’s Museum”
The San Joaquin County Historical Society has been awarded $499,650 to pay for new and upgraded exhibits at the Museum. Last week, the Society received a letter from the California State Parks Office of Grants and Local Services, which administers the ninety-three million dollar Nature Education Facilities Program. The money comes from Proposition 84, a bond . . . → Read More: Historical Society Awarded Grant
One of the most famous inventions in San Joaquin County history is the track-laying tractor, which today we associate with the name Caterpillar. This milestone in technology was well-suited to the deep peat soil of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and will be linked forever to the name of Stockton inventor and entrepreneur Benjamin Holt (1849-1920).
The Holt . . . → Read More: Early “Caterpillar” Tractor Undergoes Restoration
The horse-drawn Fresno Scraper, an earthmoving and ditch digging apparatus that contributed to the expansion of American farming at the turn of the twentieth century and played a role in the massive earthmoving work for construction of the Panama Canal, will be re-designated by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as a Historic Mechanical Engineering . . . → Read More: Fresno Scraper to Be Recognized