Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers

August 20 – October 16, 2022

Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers is an exhibit portraying the relationship between flowers and pollinators. The exhibit is based around 70-some photographs of pollinators in wild and garden settings, primarily taken by Northern California plantsman and naturalist, John Whittlesey. These images vividly portray the intriguing lives of many kinds of pollinators. While many people recognize the European honeybee as an important pollinator, Keeping Company with Flowers primarily highlights native pollinators, which play a key role in the ecology of California.

Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers aims to increase awareness and appreciation of the incredible beauty and diversity of pollinators in California. Of the 4,000 known bee species in the US, 1,600 occur in California. Through close-up photographs and supplemental materials, this exhibit introduces a diversity of pollinators, the various processes of pollination, the needs of pollinators, the obstacles their populations are facing, and what can and is being done to support them.

Children's Home of Stockton - Celebrating 140 Years

October 19 – November 12, 2022

“Empower children’s lives and they will change the world.” These inspiring words from author Timothy Pina describe what Children’s Home of Stockton has done for orphans and foster youth since 1882.

This year Children’s Home of Stockton is celebrating 140 years of service and countless lives impacted. To celebrate this milestone, we have partnered with the San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum to host a special exhibit from October 19 – November 12 in addition to an exclusive publication of The San Joaquin Historian (Fall 2022) featuring the history of Children’s Home.

The exhibit will showcase the fascinating life and courageous stories of former residents at Children’s Home of Stockton and highlight the compassionate care that our staff continues to provide today.

Join us for this historical look back!

Past Exhibits

In the Fields of the North/En los campos del norte

FEBRUARY 16 – APRIL 10, 2022

In the Fields of the North/En los campos del norte is a powerful photographic exhibit about the lives of migrant farm laborers, now on display at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. Through a series of evocative photographs by David Bacon and supplemented by artifacts from the Museum’s collection, this exhibit highlights the lives of farm workers as they travel from the Mexican border north to the state of Washington, harvesting fruits and vegetables throughout the growing season. Thanks to the generous support of El Concilio and the Community Foundation of San Joaquin, this exhibit will be on display until April 10th.

In the Fields of the North/En los campos del norte sheds light on some basic questions: How much do we know about the lives of the people who feed us? Where do they live? How does it feel to do some of the hardest repetitive labor imaginable? And, what answers do farm workers themselves have to end their poverty and endless migration?

In the Fields of the North/En los campos del norte features the works of David Bacon; is produced in partnership with the California Rural Legal Assistance, the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations, and History San José; and is touring the U.S. through Exhibit Envoy.

Support for this exhibit provided by:

Lodi Unified School District Art Show-Winners' Showcase

April 23 – May 31, 2022

The Museum is proud to partner with Lodi Unified School District and GOT Kids to present their spring 2022 Art show. Featuring art made by students in grades 9-12, this multi-medium competition has something for everyone including photography, painting, and sculpture. 

The winning pieces of this year’s contest will be installed in the Helen Weber Kennedy Gallery from April 23-May 31.

To see past winners, click HERE

Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History

June 11 – August 7, 2022

While many may think of tattoos as a recent trend, inked women have a long history in California. From the working-class Tattooed Ladies who performed in circus sideshows to the upper-class inked women who helped popularize the tattoo craze; visitors will discover the largely unknown history of women and tattoos through photographs, personal histories, and artifacts.