Remembering Lodi’s Japanese Pioneers

You are invited to join the Lodi Historical Society for dedication of a plaque commemorating the Hinode Building-Miyajima Store and Hotel, 4 North Main Street, on Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 11 a.m.

Mary Masui poses with husband and others at Lodi’s Hinode Store, ca. 1890.

The building at 4 North Main Street was the site of . . . → Read More: Remembering Lodi’s Japanese Pioneers

The Kiss

A lot of time has passed, but I still have some vivid memories of my grade school years. I remember starting each fall with new clothes—stiff shoes, fresh jeans, and uncomfortable flannel shirts. I remember carrying my lunch box to school, learning cursive lettering with a thick yellow pencil, and watching with fascination as one of . . . → Read More: The Kiss

San Joaquin County’s Japanese-American Soldiers

Do you remember the following men? Stanley Iichiki, Robert T. Kishi, Seichi Nakamoto, Dick Z. Masuda, and Akira Otsubo, of Stockton; Kay K. Masaoka of Lodi; George Nakamura of Acampo; Ko Tanaka of Lodi; and Minoru Yoshida of Linden.1 They left San Joaquin County as young men and never returned. Their graves can be found in . . . → Read More: San Joaquin County’s Japanese-American Soldiers

Memories of World War II

What comes to your mind when you think about World War II? Battles, soldiers, guns, airplanes, ships, and tanks? Perhaps you see images of Adolph Hitler and Franklin D. Roosevelt, or Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. The number of different responses is probably endless.

Staff at the Museum are currently preparing an exhibit that will explore World . . . → Read More: Memories of World War II

Lodi Goes to War

Pictures tell stories. Each day at the Museum I’m reminded of this truism. Sometimes the stories are written on the backs of photographs. Sometimes they can be pieced together from bits of outside evidence. And sometimes we have only the images themselves.

Knowledge about the snapshot at left can be described as somewhere between ignorance and . . . → Read More: Lodi Goes to War

The Bataan Relief Organization

It’s hard for me to imagine memories of World War II fading. My father served as an army medic in Europe during the War and survived the Battle of the Bulge. As a kid, I poured over the photographs he brought home and listened eagerly to his wartime stories.

Unfortunately, members of Dad’s generation are slipping away . . . → Read More: The Bataan Relief Organization