Museum Continues Work on Exhibit Improvements

The San Joaquin County Historical Society is pleased to report progress on significant exhibit updates and additions at the Museum. Readers of this blog may recall the Museum's announcement in April 2011 of a half-million-dollar grant from the Nature Education Facilities Program, created by the Proposition 84 water bond of 2006 and administered by the California . . . → Read More: Museum Continues Work on Exhibit Improvements

Another Look at the Westward Migration

Life can be hard. Life was very hard for many of our ancestors. Last week, I was reminded of this reality when I came across an eighty-page manuscript consisting of transcribed letters between Henry Beers Underhill (1821-1904); an early settler of Stockton, California; his first wife, Harriette Young Fish Underhill (1827-1854); and other family members.

“The . . . → Read More: Another Look at the Westward Migration

A Century of Agriculture in San Joaquin County

Have you ever had the irresistible urge to study the history of San Joaquin County agriculture over the past century? Well, your moment has arrived. The San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum is pleased to announce the availability of its U.C. Agricultural Cooperative Extension Collection for San Joaquin County.

Extension agent Elizabeth Willis embarks . . . → Read More: A Century of Agriculture in San Joaquin County

Putting the Pieces Together

Remember the Museum's 1919 Holt 75 tractor, the one being restored? This blog has discussed it a number of times over the past year or so. Well, the work goes on.

Too big for your Honda: Jerry and Mike with the Museum’s Holt 75 engine.

Visit the Museum on any given Tuesday and you'll find the shop . . . → Read More: Putting the Pieces Together

Founding a Mormon Mecca: New Hope Colony

Under the direction of twenty-six-year-old church elder Sam Brannan (1819–1889), a ship named the Brooklyn sailed from New York for California on February 4, 1846—the same day the first wagon train of Mormons headed west from Nauvoo, Illinois. Both groups believed their mission was to establish a new western center for the Church of Jesus Christ . . . → Read More: Founding a Mormon Mecca: New Hope Colony