I've known for some time about the Women's Land Army. But not until last week did I finally meet it face-to-face while shuffling through some records that the University of California's Agricultural Extension Service has given to the Museum.
Here's some background. The setting is World War I. England and its allies are locked in a struggle . . . → Read More: The Women’s Land Army
What comes to your mind when you think about the Civil War? Abraham Lincoln? Ulysses S. Grant? How about row after row of Union and Confederate soldiers facing off with single-shot rifles? And where do you see the battles happening? Can you think of any west of the Mississippi?
Members of the Hartford Post G.A.R., . . . → Read More: The Civil War in San Joaquin County
I like old photographs. I like them especially when I know something about them—for example, the names of the subjects and the context. When I don't, I'm tempted to make up imaginary stories that may or may not be grounded in reality.
Leon Clancy Collect., S.J. Co. Hist. Museum
Several months ago, I came across the photograph . . . → Read More: Racing Cars in Stockton
Sometimes I marvel at the amount of data floating around "out there." Any stranger who knows where to look can discover where I live (and have lived), my telephone number, my age, and the names of members in my family. And that's just the beginning.
Have you ever wondered how different things were in the past?
. . . → Read More: The Great Register of San Joaquin County
The San Joaquin County Historical Society is pleased to announce receipt of an award from the California Preservation Needs Assessment Project. The award will support an analysis by outside professionals of preservation needs within the San Joaquin County Historical Museum’s archives and library. This award complements another, more general one that the U.S. Institute of Museum . . . → Read More: Historical Society Awarded Grant
Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel
It’s nice to include other “voices” at the Museum. I’ve been collecting quotes to help us plan and develop the Museum's Nature Education Facilities Program, a grant project. In my file are excerpts from literature, historic accounts (such as Spanish diaries of the first European description of the Delta, Central Valley, and Sierra . . . → Read More: The Poetry of Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel
Have you noticed how little rain has fallen in San Joaquin County this season? Do you remember how different it was last year? Seasonal variations have occurred for centuries, and they've become the subject of scientific analysis. In fact, an organization called the California Extreme Precipitation Symposium has been studying this subject for almost twenty years. . . . → Read More: Extreme Rainfall
Have you ever wondered about the history of the Pledge of Allegiance? I know I did after coming across the photograph to the left.
This image comes from a collection of photographs and documents that U.C. Cooperative Extension agricultural advisors in San Joaquin County gave to the Museum some time ago. It shows a group of women . . . → Read More: I Pledge Allegiance
The past always holds surprises. Several weeks ago, Stockton historian Alice van Ommeren started an online discussion among local archivists about "wanted postcards," postcards that law enforcement officials from an earlier age circulated by mail hoping to catch criminals. That exchange reminded me of a scrapbook I found in the Museum’s collection some time ago.
Wanted . . . → Read More: The Good Old Days Revisited
There are two remaining stereotypes that I’d like to address. First, that the Indians from San Joaquin County area were nothing special.
It is remarkable enough that the ancestors of the Native people from what is now San Joaquin County settled this area perhaps thirteen thousand years ago and developed lifeways suited to a new and changing . . . → Read More: Stereotypes of Native People in San Joaquin County, Part 3