Delta Narratives

From 2014 through 2015, the Delta Protection Commission partnered with California State University, Sacramento, a team of scholars and regional cultural institutions on the Delta Narratives project. The purpose of the Delta Narratives is to communicate the historic and cultural importance of the Delta region in California’s – and America’s – history, through multi-format educational exhibits within and around the Delta.

In 2016, the Commission contracted with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) to develop a fourth-grade social studies curriculum based on the Delta Narratives research and essays. During the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, selected teachers will be piloting the curriculum in their classrooms and working with Commission and SCOE personnel to improve and revise the lesson plans and materials.  Workshops to teach other teachers how to use the curriculum will be scheduled soon.

The Essays and Final Report

Scholars prepared essays that connect the history of the Delta to important regional and national trends both past and present.  Essays include:

  • Stitching a River Culture: Trade, Transportation and Communication in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, William Swagerty and Reuben Smith, University of the Pacific [Executive Summary] [Full Paper]
  • Managing the Garden: Agriculture, Reclamation, and Restoration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Philip Garone, California State University, Stanislaus [Executive Summary] [Full Paper]
  • Building Communities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Economics and Ethnicity, Jennifer Helzer, California State University, Stanislaus [Executive Summary]  [Full Paper]
  • Writers and Artists in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Gregg Camfield, University of California, Merced [Executive Summary] [Full Paper]

Delta Narratives Final Report