SJCHOnline is a collaborative digital humanities project of the San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum, in partnership with teachers and community based organizations from across San Joaquin County.

Valley Days

Experiencing Life in the 1800s

A museum favorite, Valley Days gives school children an opportunity to understand the lifestyle of the middle to late 1800s. Throughout the day, students participate in chores such as butter making, rope making, blacksmithing and crafts such as corn husk doll making.  Generations of school children have wonderful memories of experiencing the life of a pioneer child – even if only for one day! Valley Days program is $150 per class of 20 to 30 students and includes training for teachers and volunteers.

To register or request additional information, please contact the Education Department at (209) 331-2055.

1866 Calaveras School with kids

Pioneer School

An authentic living history experience, students spend an entire day in a school environment similar to that of rural children who attended a one-room school in 1884. The class will be held in the historic Calaveras School (1866). The fee is $150 per class of 30 students.

To register or request additional information, please contact the Education Department at (209) 331-2055.


Group Tours

Guided, group tours of any of the Museum’s exhibits may be arranged through the Museum Education Department. Tours are limited to sixty students. Educators and group leaders may arrange to view any exhibit experiences listed on the Explore page.

Gold Panning may be added to an additional fee of $5.00 per visitor. One chaperone for every ten children is required. Children under age two are free.


Farm to Fork

A fully immersive and interactive exhibit created specifically for younger children (TK – 1st Grade) which teaches the economics of farming in a simple way. Students will take a loan out from the bank, buy seeds, plant them in real soil, harvest their produce, sell the produce at market, pay off the loan, and purchase something with the profits. 

Call 209.693.3141 to book your class or group (maximum 40 students per booking).

Only available from March to May. 

Grandmother's Trunk

Grandmother’s Trunk

History is brought to your classroom or facility through a small wooden trunk filled with items from before the turn of the century. A museum-trained Docent will tell a story using selected items in Grandmother’s Trunk to demonstrate what life was once like in San Joaquin County’s past before many of the modern conveniences to which we have become accustomed. 

$50 per 45 minute presentation.