Four new temporary exhibits are now on display at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum in Micke Grove Regional Park. Two of the exhibits focus on hobbies of the mid-late 19th century, while the other two focus on historic crops of San Joaquin County. Visitors to the museum can view the exhibits in the Erickson Building until Nov. 15.
“Victorian Handicrafts” shows the domestic skills women developed to be successful wives and mothers. Among the artifacts on display are a crazy quilt made between 1877 and 1884, a floral wreath made from human hair (c. mid-late 1800s), and silk worm cocoons belonging to Mrs. M. A. Stoddard (1884).
“Photography in San Joaquin County” focuses on the early years of photographic equipment and prominent photographers in the county. One of the highlights of the exhibit is an oversized portrait camera that belonged to Stockton photographer V. Covert Martin. Other objects on display include a stereoscope, camera accessories, portrait images and hobbyist’s snapshots.
The museum celebrates the county’s agricultural heritage with an exhibit on asparagus. First commercially grown in San Joaquin County in 1892, it was the main cash crop of the Delta for over 60 years. The exhibit features a quilt commemorating the Stockton Asparagus Festival (donated by the Assistance League of Stockton), harvesting tools, crate labels and photographs.
The exhibit of grape crate labels honors our tokay grape. The art of fruit crate labels originated in the mid-1880s as a way for growers and shippers to catch the eyes of vendors who would buy their products. The exhibit features labels from Acampo, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Victor and Woodbridge. Some of the well known growers include William G. Micke, H. T. Mason, C. Mondavi & Sons and Felix Costa & Sons.
Since 1966, the nonprofit San Joaquin County Historical Society has developed and operated the Historical Museum within Micke Grove Regional Park, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi, CA 95240. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. For more information see www.sanjoaquinhistory.org.