Discover the Roots of California’s Heartland

The San Joaquin County Historical Museum reveals the rich heritage of the region, from the Miwok and Yokuts Indians through Charles Weber (founder of Stockton and first farmer in the area) and the development of modern agriculture. The Museum has eight exhibit buildings and four historic buildings, including the 1848 Weber house and the 1866 Calaveras School. Exhibits include room dioramas of Weber family furnishings, a children’s activity area, and large displays of hand tools and historic agricultural equipment. The 18-acre grounds include the Sunshine Trail living exhibition of native habitats and the Delta Water Path. A Critter Corral of farm animals can be enjoyed weekends from May through August.

What's Happening
Festival of Trees Event December 3 & 4 (10 am to 4 pm)

Even Scrooge would get in the holiday spirit gazing at 70 beautifully decorated unique Christmas trees at the Museum Docent Council's annual Festival of Trees event. Docents dressed in vintage Victorian and pioneer clothes will make you feel as though you have stepped back in time. The Museum’s eight exhibit buildings will be brimming with dozens of festive trees, each decorated according to a unique theme by different individuals and groups from throughout San Joaquin County. Also featured are special exhibits, entertainment, model trains, and vintage craft demonstrations. For children, there will be many hands-on activities including decorating cookies, making cornhusk dolls, dipped candles, and punched tin ornaments. There is a nominal cost of $1 to $2 for children to make the crafts. Children also will be able to visit Santa.

General admission tickets are $10 for teens and adults and $1 for children 2  to 12 years old. Children under 2 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance (beginning Oct. 1) by calling the Museum at (209) 331-2055 or contacting a Museum Docent. By purchasing tickets in advance, the $6 parking fee for Micke Grove Regional Park is waived.

Festival of Trees is the Museum Docent Council’s primary fundraiser to support the Museum's educational programs..Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Special Exhibitions

Looking Back on Fifty Years of the San Joaquin County Historical Museum
The "Looking Back on Fifty Years..." exhibition celebrates the golden anniversary of the Museum. The exhibition features seven timelines with milestones in the development of the Museum and its programs, 150 captioned photographs, and interesting artifacts donated through the years. Julie Blood, the Museum's Collections and Exhibits Manager, researched and developed the exhibition, which will remain in the Weber Kennedy Gallery through November 6, 2016 (when preparations begin for the annual Festival of Trees event on December 3-4).

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