This year is a big year for politics. Not only is the presidential primary on March 3 and the general election in November, but it is also the centennial celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. In recognition, the San Joaquin County Historical Museum is opening its first of four exhibits for the year, ‘San Joaquin Votes: Exercise Your Right!’ on Saturday, Feb. 1. An opening celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. There will be refreshments, a presentation, and interactive activities for all ages. The San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters will be on hand to answer questions and voter registration forms will be available.
Visitors to the exhibit will learn about the various political parties, the election process, political districts, types of ballot measures, woman suffrage, and historical political campaigns of San Joaquin County. Some of the artifacts on display in this exhibit are one of San Joaquin County’s early ballot boxes, political cards and posters, political buttons and ribbons, voter registration books, precinct maps, and photographs. The exhibit will close on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Officials said the goal of this exhibit is to give visitors a better understanding of the voting process.
For more information, hours of operation and admissions call the museum at (209) 331-2055 or visit www.sanjoaquinhistory.org.