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San Joaquin County Historical Soc.

  • E-mail: info@sanjoaquinhistory.org
  • What happens behind the scenes with artifacts, documents, and photographs that the San Joaquin County Historical Museum holds? What new materials have come in? Have any interesting discoveries been made about old ones? How are the materials preserved? What questions do they raise? How can the community of patrons help members of staff maintain and understand them? These are some of the questions addressed in this blog.
Thursday 08/07/2014
The Liberty Bell Visits Stockton

Is Stockton a celebrity magnet? Maybe so. Perhaps you already know that the city has seen a stream of distinguished guests over the years, among them U.S. presidents Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley, and Herbert Hoover. But did you know that its list of noteworthy visitors also includes the Liberty Bell?

Posted in Historical on Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:18 pm. Updated: 1:02 am. Comments (0)

Friday 08/01/2014
Historic Water Rights

Hardly a week goes by that I don't hear from somebody in San Joaquin County looking for historic documentation—photographs, maps, and other documentation—to bolster their claim for water rights. I am not an attorney, and I won't presume to offer legal advice, either for myself or for the San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum. I . . . → Read More: Historic Water Rights

Posted in Historical on Friday, August 1, 2014 2:21 pm. Updated: 1:02 am. Comments (0)

Friday 07/25/2014
Museum Holds Annual MY CAMP

Each June, the San Joaquin County Historical Museum holds an educational and recreational program, called Museum Youth Camp (MY CAMP), for students—campers—from ages six through ten.

Posted in Historical on Friday, July 25, 2014 6:54 pm. Updated: 1:02 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 07/16/2014
The Frontier Thesis and San Joaquin County

How would you describe the American character? For many of us, the description would include words like individuality, ruggedness, informality, and initiative. We might even see an image of John Wayne riding high in the saddle, six-shooter at his side, enemies cowering in fear.

Posted in Historical on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:29 pm. Updated: 1:02 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 07/03/2014
The Weber Family Library

Imagine yourself caught up in the excitement of California's Gold Rush. Now imagine yourself boarding a ship on the East Coast, sailing to San Francisco, and heading out to the Southern Mines after stopping in Stockton for supplies. Thousands of other gold seekers from throughout the world join you, hoping to make a quick fortune then . . . → Read More: The Weber Family Library

Posted in Historical on Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:14 am. Updated: 1:02 am. Comments (0)

Friday 06/20/2014
Remarkable Women of Stockton

I grew up among strong, capable women. Deep in the Great Depression, before I was born, one of my grandmothers set up two businesses (that's right, TWO) in the San Francisco Bay Area to put food on the table after my grandfather took ill. Grandma J, a tiny Danish immigrant, ended up doing quite well for . . . → Read More: Remarkable Women of Stockton

Posted in Historical on Friday, June 20, 2014 3:54 pm. Updated: 1:02 am. Comments (0)

Friday 06/13/2014
Time and Travel

I've been on vacation. My wife and I recently visited Europe. We spent a week in the United Kingdom and another in Switzerland. Our main attraction was Zurich, where our daughter attends graduate school.

Posted in Historical on Friday, June 13, 2014 2:37 pm. Updated: 1:02 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 03/26/2014
New Exhibition to Open at Museum

Popular songs about the State of California, from the Gold Rush through the vaudeville era, are celebrated in the new exhibition Singing the Golden State, which opens on April 6 at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. The exhibition spotlights graphically striking sheet-music covers published from 1849 through the 1930s.

Posted in Historical on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 7:24 pm. Updated: 1:02 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 03/20/2014
Why Save Old Records?

Old government records are on my mind. Yesterday, I worked in downtown Stockton with one of members of the San Joaquin County Historic Records Inventory Project. So far, the team has inventoried about fifteen hundred items, bound volumes that range in size from small to enormous. We still have a long way to go before we're . . . → Read More: Why Save Old Records?

Posted in Historical on Thursday, March 20, 2014 9:32 pm. Updated: 1:02 am. Comments (0)

Friday 03/14/2014
Theresa and Charles Wriston: Chapter Two

Who would have ever thought? Last week's post, which involved Charles Wriston, his wife, Theresa, and their two children, triggered a lot of feedback. The responses tended to fall into two categories.

Posted in Historical on Friday, March 14, 2014 2:31 pm. Updated: 1:02 am. Comments (0)

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