Monthly Archives: July 2013

Some San Joaquin County “Firsts”

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 … Continue reading

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The Masked Banker

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 … Continue reading

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Meet Abraham Lincoln

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 … Continue reading

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Critter Corral Opens at Museum

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, … Continue reading

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