About Us

The purpose of the Memory Project is to preserve the history of Stanislaus County by collecting, digitizing, and preserving photos, videos, audio, documents, and objects of historical significance. We hope it will be a useful online resource for students, researchers, historians, and the general public.

We decided to initiate the Memory Project by collecting materials related to Graffiti, cruising, and local car culture. In the future, we will add materials related to other aspects of the County’s history.

Please contact the Library if you wish to contribute to the Memory Project or have an idea for a future collection.


Thank you to the McHenry Museum and Historical Society for allowing the use of their photographs.


Thank you for assistance from:

  • Elizabeth Cardenas
  • Janet Lancaster

The Stanislaus Memory Project was supported in whole or in part by a California State Library grant, by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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Al's Drive In

Al’s Drive In at 708 McHenry Ave.

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Although the heyday of cruising was during the 50’s and early 60’s, cruising remained popular as shown by this photo from 1970.

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Burges Drive In

This photo was taken for the boosters’ advertisement section of the 1948 Buccaneer year book for Modesto Junior College.