The Library holds a wealth of information for persons wishing to research the history of Antioch and the East County. The Antioch Daily Ledger founded in 1870 was our cities main source of information until the last newspaper was printed in 2005. The Daily Ledger donated much of it’s collection of newspapers to our museum and we have copies dating from 1937 through 1988. In addition, the library has books on Antioch and California History, as well as an extensive National Geographic collection dating from 1929 until 1942.
In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower started a new program called Sister City International. The purpose of this program was to promote cultural and economic exchanges between the US and other countries by establishing relationships between cities of similar size and economic base. A delegation from Antioch traveled to several countries and cities to determine which city would be our best match. Chichibu, Japan was identified as that city. In 1967 the Antioch City Council approved a resolution accepting Chichibu, Japan as our sister city. In 1969 Verne Roberts, the then major, and his office traveled to Chichibu to initiate our long-standing relationship. The Chichibu display is housed in the library and includes Japanese dolls, photos, a Samurai helmet, a Happy Coat used during festivals and even a beautiful Japanese Wedding Kimono.
And for those persons who are curious as to whether Antioch had a dubious past you can peruse through Judicial Ledgers and Criminal Dockets from the early 1900’s.