Museum Opens New Exhibit

A new exhibit titled "Wherever There's a Fight: A History of Civil Liberties in California" has opened at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. The traveling exhibit, rich with narrative and photographs, animates the history of civil liberties focusing on the hidden stories of unsung heroes and heroines who stood up for their rights in the . . . → Read More: Museum Opens New Exhibit

The Rise of Mariano G. Vallejo

Most Northern Californians probably know about a community in the San Francisco Bay Area named Vallejo. They may also be aware that its name honors General Mariano G. Vallejo, an early California landowner in the Sonoma area. What many people don't know is that a connection exists between Vallejo and San Joaquin County. In fact, the . . . → Read More: The Rise of Mariano G. Vallejo

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’s favorite presidential candidate in the election of 1860, . . . → Read More: County Democrats Edge Out Republicans

Internment and Lodi’s Japanese-Americans

It is easy to misidentify photographs. On page 7 of the San Joaquin Historian for fall 2008-spring 2009, which is devoted to Lodi’s Japantown. I identified the photograph below as being taken in the 1930s. Local historian Ralph Lea was kind enough to correct me and let me know that it was actually taken in 1942, . . . → Read More: Internment and Lodi’s Japanese-Americans

The Election of 1902

Do you ever want to tune out politics—or specific candidates? Nowdays, the existence of mass communications makes it hard. But things were different in an earlier age.

Ed Wittmayer, a retiree who works in the Museum’s archives and library, recently came across a collection of political advertisements in our holdings, each the size of a calling card, . . . → Read More: The Election of 1902

New Deal Cathedrals

One of the best books I’ve read in recent months is the Gothic Enterprise, by Robert A. Scott (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003). The Gothic Enterprise views Europe’s great cathedrals of the High Middle Ages as windows into the Medieval mind, as embodiments of the human spirit that reveal more about society, economics, politics, . . . → Read More: New Deal Cathedrals

Carmen Perino Goes to Sacramento

The name Carmen Perino (pictured at left) may not mean much to current residents of San Joaquin County, but from the 1960s until 1980 he was a major political player. For more than a decade, the San Joaquin County Historical Museum has held 122 full-size archival boxes of his professional papers, unable to arrange them and . . . → Read More: Carmen Perino Goes to Sacramento

Mary J. French: Pioneering San Joaquin County Supervisor

What attributes could be found among women who entered elected public office in California soon after they were given the right to vote in state elections in 1911?

Staff at the Museum have devoted significant amounts of time over the past couple years updating its catalog of photographs, which currently numbers about nine thousand. Last year, one . . . → Read More: Mary J. French: Pioneering San Joaquin County Supervisor

Welcome to this Blog

Welcome to this blog. In it, members of the staff at the San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum intend to take visitors behind the scenes–to afford glimpses of activities related to records, books, photographs, and a variety of artifacts. Among the subjects we intend to discuss are new acquisitions, fresh insights into collections and objects . . . → Read More: Welcome to this Blog