Visitors to the San Joaquin County Historical Museum will recognize the image below as a photograph of the Calaveras Schoolhouse, a genuine nineteenth-century structure moved to and currently located at the Museum. The San Joaquin County Historical Society is pleased to announce a grant from Walmart for a new interpretive panel that discusses the school's history, . . . → Read More: The Calaveras Schoolhouse Project
Who says history is boring? Lots of people. All too often, conventional wisdom sees history as a disjointed smattering of names, dates, and battles. Often it has tended to equate the study of history with the accomplishments of males. What often gets overlooked, however, is an expanded definition that includes not only stories of men, but . . . → Read More: On the Edge
I have a soft spot for explorers. My interest dates back to childhood, when I poured over old black-and-white issues of National Geographic while visiting my grandparents in Berkeley. It wasn't hard for me to close my eyes, slip on an imaginary pith helmet, and see myself hacking my way through virgin forests to dig up . . . → Read More: Harriet Chalmers Adams, Explorer
I like photographs a lot. Sometimes they give me information I can't find anywhere else. Other times, I see glimpses into artistic sensitivity and expertise. But the images I find most memorable are ones that open doors into the personality of the photographer, giving me a sense of what it might have been like to know . . . → Read More: Waiting for Santa
Jedediah Strong Smith (1799–1831) and about fifteen trappers with the Rocky Mountain Fur Company entered California in November 1826. They were hoping to "find parts of the country as well stocked with Beaver as the waters of the Missouri." Smith and his party had crossed the Mojave Desert and the San Bernardino Mountains (a route later . . . → Read More: The Origins of French Camp, California
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
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
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
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
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