A Tale of Two Seals

Have you ever looked closely at the official seal of San Joaquin County? Did you even know that the County has one?

The Museum holds a replica (pictured at left) that sits on a wall in the library’s reading room. It measures about two feet in diameter. Folklore claims that our copy was once part of an . . . → Read More: A Tale of Two Seals

Historical Society Awarded Grant

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

The Lodi Women’s Club Cook Book of 1929

My family will vouch that I’m one of the worst cooks in the world. I like to eat, but I can’t get excited about all the work that goes into food preparation. So I was surprised yesterday to find myself drawn to a copy of the 1929 edition of the Lodi Women’s Club Cook Book, which . . . → Read More: The Lodi Women’s Club Cook Book of 1929

The Outlaw’s Head

Librarians and archivists help all sorts of people. On any given day, I might take questions from an attorney, a civil servant, a genealogist, or a land surveyor. Not long ago, the mother of a boy in the third grade phoned me in search of finishing touches for a report he was preparing for school.

Most of . . . → Read More: The Outlaw’s Head