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.

For more 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.

For more information, please contact the Education Department at (209) 331-2055.


School & Student Opportunities

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Museum Education Department

Museum Exhibit Tour

Docent-led 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.

The fee is the cost of admission per visitor. Gold Panning may be added to an additional fee of $5.00 per visitor. One chaperone for every ten children is required.


Indigenous Peoples Tour

The Native American Tour is one hour with hands-on tool use and lessons, and a lesson on Indian plant use. Suitable for fourth grade and higher.

The fee is the cost of admission per visitor.

Farm to Fork

An interactive exhibit created specifically for children 5 to 8. It teaches children in a simple way the economics of farming. Students will actually take a loan out from the ‘bank’, buy seeds with that money, plant their seeds in real soil, harvest their produce, sell the produce at market, pay-off the loan and purchase something with the profits.
Only available March to May. The fee is the cost of admission per visitor.
Farm to Fork - Kids picking apples
Grandmother's Trunk

Grandmother’s Trunk

Interesting artifacts from the museum collection are brought to your classroom in a small wicker trunk filled with items from before the turn-of-the-century, before electricity, cars and radios. A museum docent will tell a story using selected items in Grandmother’s Trunk to demonstrate, as an example, woman’s weekly tasks such as washing to housekeeping to getting reach for church on Sunday.

$50 per 45 minute presentation.