Bi-Weekly Update - June 18

Hello CCPHers, Here are some interesting history events happening soon in California as well as articles pertaining to history. In other news: CCPH invites any announcements or articles relating to history from our members and mailing list to include in our updates. CCPH is also accepting submissions for our California History Action web page. Any Public History articles, book reviews, events and/or projects are welcomed as submissions to help us promote history. Email any of your submissions to Thank you for your continuous support!

From: California Association of Museums



According to a new report from the Building Movement Project and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the nonprofit sector, organizations and their boards must go beyond recruitment, training, and retention and work to dismantle systemic bias to address the racial leadership gap. OVER 115 CALIFORNIA MUSEUMS OFFER FREE ADMISSION TO MILITARY FAMILIES THIS SUMMER

Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Museums interested in participating in Blue Star Museums in summer 2017 should email REPORT: IMPROVING ACCESS TO ARTS EDUCATION IN RURAL AREAS

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to launch the pilot initiative, Leveraging Change: Improving Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas. A new working paper is a summary of the research results and insights gleaned from this pilot initiative. AASLH TO REVIEW AND UPDATE StEPS PROGRAM

Seven years ago, the American Association for State and Local History introduced the Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs). AASLH is now embarking on a project to review and update the program. IMPACT OF PROPOSED TAX CHANGES ON CHARITABLE DONATIONS

The Independent Sector recently released new research indicating that tax reform proposals under discussion in Congress could reduce charitable giving by $13 billion annually. Meanwhile, making the charitable deduction available to all taxpayers could result in a $4.8 billion increase in annual charitable donations. ALLIANCE MUSEUM ASSESSMENT PROGRAM—DEADLINE JULY 1

Since its inception in 1981, the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) has helped over 4,600 small and mid-sized museums of all types strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet standards. ACCREDITATION COMMISSION NOMINATIONS – DEADLINE JULY 14

Are you a museum professional with current or past experience with history organizations? Would you be a good Accreditation Commissioner for the American Alliance of Museums? The nomination period is open till July 14.

Museums in the News

Los Angeles Museum Starts a Kickstarter Campaign for a Traveling Egg-Shaped Gallery

By Sophie Haigney, The New York Times, June 9, 2017

Railroad Museum Now a Smithsonian Affiliate By Traci Rockefeller Cusack, The Sacramento Press, June 7, 2017 Crocker Art Museum receives highest national recognition By Village Life, June 7, 2017 Oakland zoo unveils $13 million restaurant and gondolas By Justin Phillips, SF Gate, June 6, 2017 Collector charged in theft of Star Wars items from private Northern California museum By Kristin J. Bender, Associated Press, The Mercury News, June 6, 2017 Dr. Seuss Museum Opens Its Doors, With Books and Art Filling 2 Floors By Mark Pratt, NBC Los Angeles, June 5, 2017

From: San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum

Smithsonian Exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” at Museum in Micke Grove Park

Micke Grove Regional Park - The Smithsonian Institution’s special exhibition, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” will be at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum from June 28 to August 6, 2017. The museum in Micke Grove Park is one of only five California museums to host the exhibition, which vividly portrays the drama that unfolds on the neighborhood fields and courts where Americans unite through sports.

“Hometown Teams” reflects the triumphs and trials of the American experience through video, graphics, text, artifacts, and hands-on, touchable components. The exhibition highlights how sports have helped form America’s multicultural character.

“The exhibition shows us that hometown sports are more than just games—they shape our lives and unite us,” said David Stuart, director of the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. “Sports teach us discipline and teamwork, give us enjoyment and fulfillment. Even if we’re not playing, we’re watching sports and supporting those who are playing.”

Regular Museum admission is $5 for adults (18-64), $4 for seniors (65+) and teens (13-17), and $2 for children (6-12). Admission is free for children 5 and under and for members of the San Joaquin County Historical Society. There is a parking fee for each vehicle entering Micke Grove Regional Park, waived for members of the Historical Society. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday; closed Mondays and Tuesdays and selected holidays.

The Smithsonian exhibition is complemented by many regional sports stories, photos, and artifacts displayed at the County Historical Museum. Other museums in San Joaquin County also share the history of local sports; pick up a “Scorecard” and visit them for a special prize.

Museums partnering in the “Hometown Teams” effort include: the Tracy Historical Museum, the Manteca Historical Museum, the Clarence Smit Historical Museum in Ripon, the Escalon Historical Museum, and the Lockeford Historical Museum.

“We hope people will use this incentive to visit all the museums in the county,” said Stuart. “The folks at these museums add so much richness and flavor to our shared, regional history—go talk with them.”

The other special exhibition at the museum in Micke Grove Park, “Washington Street: Heart and Soul of Stockton Chinatown,” continues through August 13.

The nonprofit San Joaquin County Historical Society maintains and operates the 18-acre Historical Museum in Micke Grove Regional Park. The Society provides education programs for school groups such as “Valley Days” and “Pioneer School Day” (in the 1866 Calaveras School). The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information see

“Hometown Teams” is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street is provided by the United States Congress. The nonprofit Exhibit Envoy travels the exhibition in California; it provides rental exhibitions and professional services to California museums. For more information, see

San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum

11793 North Micke Grove Road, Lodi, CA 95240

From: California Historical Society

Lunch Time Chat with Author and Music Journalist Harvey Kubernik

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 11:30 AM

California Historical Society San Francisco Learn More

Join us for a special book signing and short lecture with Harvey Kubernik, music journalist and author of the new book 1967. This event is a part of several free lunch time programs in June and July.

Perspectives on Japanese American Incarceration

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 6:00 PM

California Historical Society, San Francisco Learn More

Fred Korematsu was a 23-year-old welder living in Oakland when the U.S. government forced Japanese Americans from their homes into desolate camps. Korematsu defied the order, and his legal challenge resulted in an infamous Supreme Court decision. Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, co-authors of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, a new biography for young readers, will discuss the civil rights hero’s life, its relevance today, and their work to share his story with students. They will be joined by Freda Lin, Education Program Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, who will explain the Institute’s efforts to connect Korematsu’s story with current discrimination against Muslims.

San Francisco native George Omi was 11 years old when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. In his award-winning memoir “American Yellow,” he recounts how his immigrant parents built a successful dry-cleaning business, only to lose it when they are ordered to leave San Francisco and eventually imprisoned in Rohwer, Arkansas. Omi will read from his book and provide a first-hand account of the dark days after Pearl Harbor.


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