Celebrity Names in San Joaquin County

Have you ever wanted to meet your doppelgänger, the person who supposedly looks just like you? I'm not convinced I have one, though a number of friends once told me that some guy in college looked just like me—from behind. How about meeting someone who shares your first and last names? That seems more likely, though . . . → Read More: Celebrity Names in San Joaquin County

An Event With Real Christmas Spirit

By now, you’ve experienced the beginning of Christmas shopping, with all the retail promotions, the decorations at the mall, and the first appearances of Santa Claus. If you’re weary of holiday commercialization and long for a down-to-earth, nostalgic Christmas experience, you may be delighted to learn about the Festival of Trees.

This family holiday event will be . . . → Read More: An Event With Real Christmas Spirit

Museum Continues Work on Exhibit Improvements

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

Man and Nature Hand in Hand Batik Mural

If you have visited the Museum's Erickson Building you have probably seen the "Man and Nature Hand in Hand" batik mural hanging in the lobby. It is hard to miss the twelve-foot high by seven and one-half-foot-wide mural when you walk through the front doors, but have you ever stopped to really look at it? I . . . → Read More: Man and Nature Hand in Hand Batik Mural

Another Map for the Museum

I need maps. Sometimes I jokingly tell my wife that I really don't because I inherited a perfect sense of direction from my father, who was a civil engineer and surveyor. But both of us know better. My wife has too many stories of our family taking unwanted detours to let my claim go unchallenged.

Candidates . . . → Read More: Another Map for the Museum

The Living New Deal

Migrant family from Missouri on U.S. Highway 99 near Tracy, Calif., 1937. (Dorothea Lange, U.S. Farm Security Administration)

Remember the migrant labor camp in Thornton, California? Gail Erwin posted an entry about it last week on the Museum's blog. That camp is only one of many reminders that the U.S. government sponsored an array of projects—only . . . → Read More: The Living New Deal

The Women’s Land Army

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

The Civil War in San Joaquin County

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

Racing Cars in Stockton

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

The Great Register of San Joaquin County

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