Established in 1990 as a non-profit organization, the Manteca Historical Society has made great strides in providing local historical museums in Manteca, California. The museum is a fascinating learning center of all ages. The museum houses a wide range of artifacts, documents and thousands of photographs. Please visit the museum often and bring a friend with you.
Museum visitors range from school children , families, government and business officials to tourists. They all learn something about our history from the Museum! The Museum receives no operational funding from any government agency. Doors are kept open by supporting citizens and businesses who pay annual membership fees, memorial donations, and other fund-raising events.
The Museum has many volunteers who do most of the business of running and maintaining the Museum, but keeping the Museum open costs money. Your membership and support will allow the Historical Society and Museum to keep the Museum's doors open.
Special tours can be arranged for students and other youth and adult groups and may be scheduled by calling the Museum and making arrangements for your group. Museum Docents will be happy to assist you with your group needs. They only ask for at least 7 days notice for group tours.
The Museum Gift Shop has a wealth of gift items ranging form collectibles to memorabilia. Proceeds from Gift Shop items directly benefit the Museum operations, so please shop often for your gifts throughout the year! The Gift Shop is open during Museum hours and also makes gift items available at special Museum events throughout the year.
The following are some of the exhibits made available by Manteca Historical Society:
Yokuts tribes populated the San Joaquin Valley from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta south to Bakersfield. They also lived in the adjacent foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, as well as in the foothills of the Coast Range. They were thought to have had one of the highest regional populations in early North America, and shared a common language. Though there was conflict in the Central Valley between Miwok people and new settlers to the area in the early 19th Century, the Museum exhibit is in honor of our Native Californians.
The first railroad was the Southern Pacific that provided the vital transit link to ship milk to San Francisco and produce sugar to the East Coast markets. The Tidewater Southern, which served this area, was opened to freight service in October of 1912 from Taylor Street in Stockton to Modesto.
1927 LA France Fire Engine
Manteca’s first brand new fire engine #876, is housed at the Museum and is still used for special occasions and parades in celebration of those who served to protect our citizens.
Founded by Gasparé Indelicato in 1924, Delicato Family Vineyards has helped make Manteca a destination place for nearly 90 years. Today, Gasparé’s original vision continues with the third generation of Indelicato family members.
This amazing place is located near the following attractions in Manteca, California:
Caswell Memorial State Park
Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple
San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge
Stockton Field Aviation Museum
Woodward Community Park
Gnekow Family Winery
When you’re done visiting this amazing landmark make sure to stop by our offices at RC Plumbing in Stockton on Waterloo Road!