County of the Month: Stanislaus

Congratulations to our March County of the Month, Stanislaus! Named after Estanislao, a Native American who led a popular uprising against Mexican rule, Stanislaus County boasted a population of about 549,815 people as of 2018. As might be expected from a county whose very name is rooted in its past, this region is filled with historic sites of many kinds, from one of the best preserved 19th century covered bridges still surviving in the U.S to several historic mining communities and turn-of-the-century hotels and historic houses. Today, it is home to a thriving agricultural sector, Stanislaus State University and — for the gourmands reading this — a cheese factory that offers tours. If you are looking for exciting local history resources in the California History Section's rich collections, then check out our research guide for this county!

In August of 2017, in an effort to better support the work of local governments and historical societies in promoting and preserving the past, the California History Section started the County of the Month program. This recognition honors the diverse character of California's many counties while providing research tips to individuals interested in finding out more about California local history. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us.