Sacramento and California have a rich, vibrant history. And the region is blessed with an abundance of museums, libraries, archives and historical societies which are dedicated to educating the public about this heritage.
Sac History Happenings aims to support the local historical community by aggregating news about the latest exhibits, lectures, tours, meetings, as well as new research, publications and online resources. Occasionally we'll profile existing collections of high value and interest.
Check out the information in the right-hand column. There's a list of essential local and state history sites, links to the latest Bee history stories and the latest Bee photo galleries. You can also display your own historic family or community photos in the new User Gallery. Upload them here.
This new Bee blog also supplements the expanded Sacbee.com history page. In addition to stories written by Bee reporters, that page features occasional projects produced in conjunction with the Center for Sacramento History. These showcase images from the city archive's vast collection of photographs and other materials. You'll also see the This Week in Sacramento History series, a collection of news tidbits and quotes selected randomly from past editions of The Bee.
Contributing to Sac History Happenings are two knowledgeable experts who are well-connected to the local history scene. Amanda Graham, a Certified Archivist at the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library, and Michael Dolgushkin, Manuscript Librarian at the History Section of the California State Library, will join me in maintaining the blog. Let me thank them publicly for helping in this effort.
SHH will be updated several times a week, so keep checking back. If you're in the habit of following blogs with RSS, you'll be happy to know Sac History Happenings has its own feed. RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is a great way to monitor frequently updated sources. You can use any number of free RSS readers available for desktop computers and mobile devices. One of the most common tools is Google Reader.
And finally an invitation to readers. You can promote upcoming meetings, exhibits, lectures, tours, newsletters, journal articles and books of historical interest through this blog. Email tips and suggestions to us or post them in the comments box below.
PHOTO CREDIT: Docents at Sutter's Fort role-play in 2003. Sparky Anderson (left) portrays a trade store manager. Mike Carson plays the fort's blacksmith. Photo by Stephen E. Beck.