Sarah Lim: Museum Notes

Sarah Lim: Museum Notes

100 Years Ago in Merced County History

Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Jan. 28 – the Year of the Rooster. The rooster is a symbol of pride, ambition, and trustworthiness, and such character attributes were demonstrated by the action of a Chinese American named Joe Wing Hoy. One hundred years ago, Joe Wing Hoy became the first Chinese American from Merced to be admitted into the United States Army, coincidentally in the midst of an anti-immigration movement.

Sarah Lim: Museum Notes

The colorful history of Merced County’s first hotel

The long-awaited 2017 Merced County Historical Society calendar is finally here! Society members will receive a free calendar when they renew their memberships. If you are not yet a member, please join today and receive a complimentary copy. The theme of the new calendar is “Early Hotels in Merced County,” featuring 13 historic photos of hotels from 11 Merced County towns.

Sarah Lim: Museum Notes

Return to old-time traditions with Small Business Saturday

Among many shared traditions of our Merced community during this holiday season is the annual Christmas Open House at the Courthouse Museum on Dec. 4. In addition to the exceptional Christmas tree exhibit, delicious courthouse eggnog, and angelic Christmas carols, there are the tales of historic downtown Merced one will learn about by touring our display in the Mercantile Room.

Sarah Lim: Museum Notes

Election of 1916 in Merced County

As Election Day 2016 looms, it is interesting to explore how Merced County residents voted a century ago. During the general election of 1916, the ticket was split. While the top of the ticket was won by Democratic presidential nominee Woodrow Wilson for a second term, down ballots were won by Republican candidates: Gov. Hiram W. Johnson to U.S. Senate, Denver S. Church to Congress, and H. Kylberg to State Assembly.

Videos

Cellphone video captures fire from deadly crash near Highway 99 in Atwater

Video submitted by Jacquelyn Johnson shows the fire from a deadly crash when a tanker truck caught fire near Applegate Road and Highway 99 in Atwater.
Jacquelyn Johnson Merced Sun-Star
Cellphone video captures fire from deadly crash near Highway 99 in Atwater 0:18

Cellphone video captures fire from deadly crash near Highway 99 in Atwater

Driver killed when tanker truck crashes and catches fire near Applegate Road and Highway 99 in Atwater 2:06

Driver killed when tanker truck crashes and catches fire near Applegate Road and Highway 99 in Atwater

Employee describes chaos after explosion in Atwater 1:21

Employee describes chaos after explosion in Atwater

Driver killed in truck explosion in Atwater 1:00

Driver killed in truck explosion in Atwater