Chin Lung and the Great Western Potato Mart

The story of George Shima, the Japanese immigrant who became known as the "Potato King" of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, is fairly well known. But did you know there was an earlier, Chinese immigrant also known as a "Potato King?" Here’s the story of Chin Lung.

Unidentified Asian laborer with sacked potatoes, Woodward Island, ca. 1928

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Taking Care of Old Tractors

Have you ever wanted to drive a big old tractor, the kind that shakes windows, blasts eardrums, and gives off enough pollution to destroy the ozone? I'll confess that I have. How about something really old, like a 1920 Holt 75? Now, pretend you've found one. How do you start and drive it, let alone repair . . . → Read More: Taking Care of Old Tractors

I Pledge Allegiance

Have you ever wondered about the history of the Pledge of Allegiance? I know I did after coming across the photograph to the left.

This image comes from a collection of photographs and documents that U.C. Cooperative Extension agricultural advisors in San Joaquin County gave to the Museum some time ago. It shows a group of women . . . → Read More: I Pledge Allegiance

Digitization Milestone Reached

The San Joaquin County Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has reached a significant milestone with its ongoing digitization project in partnership with Internet Archive, a nonprofit corporation based in San Francisco.

Completion of this stage enables visitors to the Web sites of the Society and Internet Archive to view one-of-a-kind volumes of official San . . . → Read More: Digitization Milestone Reached