Stereotypes of Native People in San Joaquin County, Part 1

”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

Early Glimpses of Stockton in Stereoview

Stockton’s prominence at the time stereoviews were popular has ensured some amazing three-dimensional glimpses of the city from as early as the 1870s. One of the men who made that possible was Benjamin P. Batchelder, one of Stockton’s first photographers, who occupied a studio on El Dorado Street from 1874 to 1893. A successful producer of . . . → Read More: Early Glimpses of Stockton in Stereoview

Thanksgiving One Century Ago

Last week, one of my colleagues asked me if I knew any good Thanksgiving stories from San Joaquin County’s past. I had to admit that I didn’t, but I promised to look. So off I went. Unfortunately, I haven’t succeeded yet, but I did come across an item that started me thinking about how different people . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving One Century Ago

Celebrating Christmas with the Festival of Trees

The San Joaquin County Historical Museum will deck all the halls for this year’s twentieth annual Festival of Trees. This family event launches the holiday season on December 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum.

Lodi Park, December 1913

Docents dressed in vintage Victorian and pioneer clothes will . . . → Read More: Celebrating Christmas with the Festival of Trees

Museums, Libraries, and Air Conditioning

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