Discover the Roots of California’s Heartland

The San Joaquin County Historical Museum reveals the fascinating history of the region, from the Yokuts and Miwok through Captain Charles Weber (founder of Stockton and first farmer in the area) and the development of modern agriculture. The Museum has eight exhibition buildings, four historic buildings — including the Charles Weber cottage (1847) and Calaveras School (1866) — and features room dioramas of Weber family furnishings, a children’s gallery, and large displays of hand tools and agricultural equipment.

What's Happening
Presentation on the Panama Railroad, built during the Gold Rush, quarterly meeting/program Monday, May 4.

You know about the Panama Canal; but do you know about the "Golden Horse," the Panama Railroad built in 1851-55? Juan David Morgan has written a book, The Golden Horse: A Novel About Triumph and Tragedy Building the Panama Railroad. He will share the fascinating saga of the railroad that had so much impact upon early California. The meeting and program will start at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 4, in the Julia Harrison Micke Memorial Building in Micke Grove Regional Park. The dinner preceding the program will be catered by Angelina's. Cost is $10. RSVP to the Museum (209) 331-2055 or 953-3460 by April 30.

10th Annual Harvey Kessel Memorial Golf Tournament May 29

The golf tournament will be on Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Micke Grove Links. Please join us in a fun day of golf, food, and prizes. Hole-in-one prize of $10,000. Prizes also for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place foursomes, closest to the hole, longest drive, etc. 11 a.m. check in, Noon lunch, 1 p.m. shotgun start (foursome scramble format), dinner and awards follow at the Museum. Foursome: $500, Individual: $125. Benefits the ongoing programs of the San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum. Sign up forms at the Museum. (209) 331-2055 or 953-3460. Please register by May 26th. 

Randy Sparks and The New Christy Minstrels Concert and Dinner, July 31

Randy Sparks--founder of The New Christy Minstrels—and fellow musicians have for years performed an annual concert benefiting the San Joaquin County Historical Society. Again this year the concert will feature the full, seven-member The New Christy Minstrels. The event will be on the grounds of the Museum on Friday, July 31, 2015.  6 pm social hour, 6:30 pm NY steak dinner, 8 pm concert. Dinner and concert $75 per person. Tickets are available at the Museum office, (209) 331-2055 or (209) 953-3460.

They're Baaa-aack! Those loveable farm animals in the CRITTER CORRAL at the Museum: Saturdays and Sundays May 2 through August 30

Visit and pet a variety of live farm animals every Saturday and Sunday at the Critter Corral, May 2 through August 30, 2015. Encounters with the animals are free with regular Museum admission. Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aniaml visits may be cancelled due to rain or other unsafe conditions. The Museum will be closed on Saturday July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

Festival of Trees Event December 5 & 6 (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 24th annual Festival of Trees event. Docents dressed in vintage Victorian and pioneer clothes will make those attending feel as though they have stepped back in time to celebrate Christmas. The Museum’s seven 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. The festival also features charming Christmas exhibits, entertainment, model trains, and many activities including 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 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 953-3460 or at the Music Box in Stockton or Lodi. 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.

Special Exhibitions

Delta Grandeur: The Bucolic Splendor of California's Inland Estuary opens May 15
A new exhibition, “Delta Grandeur: The Bucolic Splendor of California’s Inland Estuary,” will premiere May 15 at the Historical Museum. The photography exhibition, reflecting the vision of local photographer Rich Turner, celebrates the beauty and diversity of the threatened Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. more...

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