Nudity certainly has its place. I honestly can't imagine showering in my clothes. But why anybody would want to walk around au natural in the middle of a densely populated city escapes me. Especially in cold weather, for crying out loud! And in San Francisco! What about the fog, clouds, and rain? Simply thinking about the . . . → Read More: Chilling Out in Northern 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
Life can be hard. Life was very hard for many of our ancestors. Last week, I was reminded of this reality when I came across an eighty-page manuscript consisting of transcribed letters between Henry Beers Underhill (1821-1904); an early settler of Stockton, California; his first wife, Harriette Young Fish Underhill (1827-1854); and other family members.
“The . . . → Read More: Another Look at the Westward Migration
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
In the early 1900s, agriculture in San Joaquin County shifted from dry-farmed wheat and barley to the intensive, irrigated crops we know today. A number of factors contributed to that transition, among them changes in the way farming was approached.
San Joaquin County farm families learn walnut cultivation from U.C. Agricultural Cooperative Extension advisors (1921).
It was . . . → Read More: Early San Joaquin County Horticulturalists
Monument at grave of David S. Terry, Stockton Rural Cemetery.
Whoever said "dead men don't tell tales" must have never visited a cemetery. As any local historian can attest, the tombstones and monuments of the deceased actually do tell stories. In fact, they stand as some of the richest sources for biography and local history anywhere . . . → Read More: Stockton Rural Cemetery Celebrates 150 Years
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
Where have the past four years gone? I don't know about you, but it seems to me that the last presidential campaign never ended. So here we sit, two and one-half months from the next election, as the presidential candidates swing at each other and the war of words escalates. Could political emotions get much hotter?
. . . → Read More: Charles M. Weber Desecrates a Flag