Visitors to the Museum's Festival of Trees in recent years may remember seeing a jaunty (and well-decorated) red Massey–Harris tractor with gray wooden bins on each side. Agricultural workers in San Joaquin County once used this tractor, and they loaded its bins with harvested asparagus.
Asparagus sledding operator poses in field with harvested stalks.
Harvesting asparagus in . . . → Read More: Filipino Asparagus Workers
I doubt that many current residents of San Joaquin County recognize the name Henry B. Budd. That’s unfortunate. A civil engineer, Budd was one of San Joaquin County’s most prominent shakers and movers early in the twentieth century. He recently came to my attention because a donor has given the Museum a map from 1912 that . . . → Read More: Stockton in 1912
The San Joaquin County Historical Society is pleased to announce the online publication of important county records between 1876 and 1899. This event marks the first step in an anticipated multi-stage digitization project, the successful completion of which depends on the willingness of individuals, businesses, and other organizations to join with the Society as financial partners.
The . . . → Read More: Historical Material Posted Online
Have you ever wondered what California looked like five hundred, a thousand, or even five or ten thousand years ago? How about San Joaquin County? There were different people for sure, but what about animals, plants, and the land itself? What did the area’s long-lost ecosystems look like and how did they interact?
David Stuart, the executive . . . → Read More: Imagining Old California
What in the world is a tule shoe?
A couple weeks ago, collection manager Julie Blood retreated into the storage areas of the Museum and emerged with the two similar objects, one of which is pictured at left. She placed them on a work table next to her desk and members of the staff gathered around like . . . → Read More: Tule Shoes