Carmen Perino Goes to Sacramento

The name Carmen Perino (pictured at left) may not mean much to current residents of San Joaquin County, but from the 1960s until 1980 he was a major political player. For more than a decade, the San Joaquin County Historical Museum has held 122 full-size archival boxes of his professional papers, unable to arrange them and . . . → Read More: Carmen Perino Goes to Sacramento

Early “Caterpillar” Tractor Undergoes Restoration

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

Fresno Scraper to Be Recognized

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

Postcards as Windows into the Past

Vintage postcards, many of which can be found in the archives of the San Joaquin County Historical Museum, are a valuable resource for studying local history and chronicling family history. (Below, Head of Navigation, Stockton, ca. 1920.)

Modern postcard collectors consider the early 1900s the Golden Age of Postcards. This period represents a time when millions of . . . → Read More: Postcards as Windows into the Past

The Barbed Wire Bowl

Stockton, California. Can you imagine a more pleasant place to be a prisoner of war? If you must be one. The summers are long, the winters fairly mild, and during the 1940s, at least, the captors seemed eager to teach prisoners the American way of life. One key ingredient—as every American schoolchild knows—was football.

Several weeks . . . → Read More: The Barbed Wire Bowl