Sarah Lim: Museum Notes

Sarah Lim: New year is reminder of key Merced County events

With the new year underway, it is time to consider the important events in Merced County history that are reaching milestones this year. Organized in 1855, Merced County is turning 160 this year. Originally part of Mariposa County – “Mother of Counties” – Merced County was created with an act passed and approved by the California Legislature on April 19, 1855.

Sarah Lim: Museum Notes

Sarah Lim: Mexican American Experience in Merced County

Through 30 historical and personal narratives, “Our Stories: Mexican American Experience in Merced County” exhibit, opening Thursday at the Courthouse Museum, will explore Mexican Americans’ search for political, social, and economic opportunities while celebrating their lasting contribution in building Merced County from the 1820s to the 1960s.

Sarah Lim: Museum Notes

Sarah Lim: Combing the records to uncover the past of a county historian

Little was known about Merced County historian John Outcalt . In comparison to Ralph Milliken, Corwin Radcliffe and Frank Latta, Outcalt is the most quoted and celebrated Merced County historian, and yet no known biography about him was ever written. With the help of local genealogist Alma Stone, columnist Sarah Lim has been able to put together a biographical sketch of this little known historian.

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