Museum Receives Highest National Recognition

The San Joaquin County Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest recognition awarded to museums in the United States.

“Attaining accreditation involves taking a hard look at yourself, allowing your peers in the field to do the same, and being judged to be superior in all areas,” said Ford . . . → Read More: Museum Receives Highest National Recognition

Memories of World War II

What comes to your mind when you think about World War II? Battles, soldiers, guns, airplanes, ships, and tanks? Perhaps you see images of Adolph Hitler and Franklin D. Roosevelt, or Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. The number of different responses is probably endless.

Staff at the Museum are currently preparing an exhibit that will explore World . . . → Read More: Memories of World War II

Internment and Lodi’s Japanese-Americans

It is easy to misidentify photographs. On page 7 of the San Joaquin Historian for fall 2008-spring 2009, which is devoted to Lodi’s Japantown. I identified the photograph below as being taken in the 1930s. Local historian Ralph Lea was kind enough to correct me and let me know that it was actually taken in 1942, . . . → Read More: Internment and Lodi’s Japanese-Americans

Lodi Goes to War

Pictures tell stories. Each day at the Museum I’m reminded of this truism. Sometimes the stories are written on the backs of photographs. Sometimes they can be pieced together from bits of outside evidence. And sometimes we have only the images themselves.

Knowledge about the snapshot at left can be described as somewhere between ignorance and . . . → Read More: Lodi Goes to War

A Map from Early California

Last year, I got a telephone call from a gentleman in Southern California exploring the possibility of giving the Museum a diseño of early San Joaquin County. I had no idea what a diseño was, but the more I learned about it the more interested I became.

Photo by Robert A. Estremo © 2004

A diseño is . . . → Read More: A Map from Early California