Modesto History Project
Various sites in downtown Modesto
A collection of posters, and web pages revealing the unusual and inspiring history of key sites in downtown Modesto. You will discover the first electrically heated office building in the state and a 1913 office building with solar water heaters, one of the first in the state.
Virtual Workshop (ongoing, any time or place)
Modesto House History Workshop
Learn how to uncover the earliest documents for your Modesto property in this easy to follow 12 minute video. The workshop is lead by our assistant architecture curator, Ben Jameson-Ellsmore.
Talk and Exhibit
Southern Pacific Depots of Modesto & The San Joaquin Valley
by Jean-Guy Dube (TBA but sometime in September 2022)
Mr. Dubé has researched and written about Southern Pacific Depots since 1983. He is the author of Railroad Depots: A Southern Pacific Collection, which features a selection of 48 of his depot, railroad building, and other architectural drawings. He was awarded the national Leicester B. Holland Prize for 2017 by the National Park Service and Library of Congress, and has three blueprints permanently archived in the Library of Congress. Jean-Guy is also an accomplished draftsmen and author and he has created a detailed 24 x 36-inch blueprint poster of our Modesto depot. Dube will sell and sign copies of his book and poster at the talk for $45 each.
Join us as he highlights some of the historic railroad depots of the San Joaquin Valley, with an emphasis on the multiple depots of Modesto especially our current 105-year old Mission Revival depot. Travel back 150 years via slideshow to see rare photographs, maps, and ephemera of Southern Pacific’s San Joaquin Division. The talk will feature an exhibition of Mr. Dube’s detailed depot blueprints and will also highlight his book Railroad Depots – A Southern Pacific Collection.