An Event With Real Christmas Spirit

By now, you’ve experienced the beginning of Christmas shopping, with all the retail promotions, the decorations at the mall, and the first appearances of Santa Claus. If you’re weary of holiday commercialization and long for a down-to-earth, nostalgic Christmas experience, you may be delighted to learn about the Festival of Trees.

This family holiday event will be . . . → Read More: An Event With Real Christmas Spirit

Chilling Out in Northern California

Nudity certainly has its place. I honestly can't imagine showering in my clothes. But why anybody would want to walk around au natural in the middle of a densely populated city escapes me. Especially in cold weather, for crying out loud! And in San Francisco! What about the fog, clouds, and rain? Simply thinking about the . . . → Read More: Chilling Out in Northern California

The Establishment of the California Trail

Nancy Kelsey, pioneer Californian and Bartleson-Bidwell group member.

A group of settlers from Missouri was the first to split off from others continuing on the Oregon Trail to follow its dreams in California. The group, with thirty-two men, one woman, and a baby, had to abandon its wagons in Nevada, its horses were stolen by Indians, . . . → Read More: The Establishment of the California Trail

County Democrats Edge Out Republicans

In 1860, San Joaquin County voters went to the polls on November 6 to select a president, just as they did in 2012. But unlike yesterday, 152 years ago voters in the County had four major options, thanks to simmering sectional passions over slavery.

San Joaquin County‚Äôs favorite presidential candidate in the election of 1860, . . . → Read More: County Democrats Edge Out Republicans