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San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum praised for records, employees, volunteers

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Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 6:29 pm | Updated: 8:30 am, Thu Sep 1, 2011.

The San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum received glowing reports as it was reaccredited for 10 years by the American Association of Museums.

The museum at Micke Grove Park in south Lodi was praised for having a good collection of documents, active volunteers and a board of trustees with business, marketing and fiscal management knowledge as well as having “a deep understanding of the community.”

The two-member American Association of Museums team reported that extensive research on the history of agriculture and heavy equipment in San Joaquin County are nearing completion. There will eventually be new exhibits in these two areas.

The museum has four full-time, four part-time and one temporary employee, along with 150 volunteers, Executive Director Dave Stuart told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Only two other regional history museums in Northern California — in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties — are accredited by the association, Stuart said.

The San Joaquin museum has eight exhibition buildings and four historic buildings on 18.5 acres.

The accreditation team that evaluated the San Joaquin museum consisted of Lawrence Sommer, former director of Nebraska Historical Society, and John Baule, director of Yakima Valley Museum in Washington state.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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