New Leaders Join History Center Board

Five new members were elected to the History Center Board of Directors at our Annual Meeting in May 2017: John Ashbaugh, Bill McCarthy, Zach McKiernan, Bill McQuilkin, and Phil Tillman. These new leaders bring a wealth of talent and enthusiasm, including professional...
Early SLO Snippet Compendium

Early SLO Snippet Compendium

TopicsHeritage Shared Publications Heritage Shared Virtual Tours Essays, Papers, & Poetry Hey! Look at That! Our Notable Past The following items form a compendium of “snippets”(1-3) – each of them being an edited excerpt(4) from a contemporary, primarily...
Aunt Susan Meets the Rampant Suffragist of Crown Hill; Or, How Outside Agitators and Uppity Locals Conspired to Win SLO Women the Vote in 1896

Aunt Susan Meets the Rampant Suffragist of Crown Hill; Or, How Outside Agitators and Uppity Locals Conspired to Win SLO Women the Vote in 1896

I recalled from general reading that Susan B. Anthony had spearheaded an unsuccessful California woman suffrage campaign in 1896, so I checked the SLO county election returns. There I discovered that while suffrage had lost state-wide by a narrow margin, it had passed in backwater SLO by 54%. The obvious question was how come? I didn’t know the answer, and apart from election tallies and local newspaper accounts the local sources seemed pretty thin.

Woolen Mills Chinatown of San Jose

Woolen Mills Chinatown of San Jose

The Guadalupe Parkway in San Jose, constructed in the 1960s, near the former Woolen Mills Chinatown was proposed for upgrading in the 1990s. This afforded an opportunity for Caltrans archaeologists and historians to tell the story of the Woolen Mills Chinatown. In this essay, Caltrans Historical Archaeologist Anmarie Medin elucidates the history of a people for whom few English language records are available.