As an anthropologist, I'm not accustomed to thinking in terms of "firsts." But I was asked by the members of the staff at Madden Library at California State University, Fresno, to compile a list for San Joaquin County as part of an exhibition on "firsts" in the greater San Joaquin Valley.
Bidwell-Bartleson party member Charles M. . . . → Read More: Some San Joaquin County “Firsts”
Why is this man wearing a mask? Is he a gangster? Has he put on a disguise for Halloween? No, he's actually protecting himself from a highly contagious disease.
The year is 1918. The worst of the First World War is over and peace is just around the corner. Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world . . . → Read More: The Masked Banker
Who's your favorite president? Mine is Abraham Lincoln. I have lots of reasons for admiring Lincoln, but two of the most important are his success at preserving the Union and the measures he took that led to the abolition of slavery.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-65).
Talking with Lincoln would be quite an experience. History depicts him as . . . → Read More: Meet Abraham Lincoln
How would the history of San Joaquin County have been different without its farm animals? What about now? For more than 150 years, they've played a vital role in the County's way of life. Despite their historic importance, however, cattle, sheep, horses, and other farm animals tend to get overlooked nowadays by a populationespecially childrenthat often . . . → Read More: Critter Corral Opens at Museum