Raise the Barn

Barn raising was a time-honored tradition in early America. Its major purpose was to create shelter for animals and tools. But it also brought neighbors together and reinforced community ties. These traditions continue at the San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum as its Docent Council embarks on a campaign to build its own barn-like structure . . . → Read More: Raise the Barn

The Big Four

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

New Deal Cathedrals

One of the best books I’ve read in recent months is the Gothic Enterprise, by Robert A. Scott (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003). The Gothic Enterprise views Europe’s great cathedrals of the High Middle Ages as windows into the Medieval mind, as embodiments of the human spirit that reveal more about society, economics, politics, . . . → Read More: New Deal Cathedrals

“Medora’s Museum”

Medora Johnson Basketry Exhibit

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”