Sac History Happenings

News and developments in Sacramento and California history

December 31, 2011
Happy New Year!

PHOTO CREDIT: Old Sacramento New Year's Eve Sky Spectacular. Courtesy Mike Testa, Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau

December 29, 2011
Have a Roaring 20s New Year's Eve

Crescent Club.jpgAmong the New Year's Eve events compiled by The Sacramento Press is one that will appeal to local history fans.

Celebrate 2012 with 1920s flappers and gangsters at The Crescent Club, a prohibition-era speakeasy located in the Newton Booth Mansion in Old Sacramento. Guests are encourage to come dressed in period attire and be ready to dance, gamble and have fun. The Crescent Katz group will provide live Ballroom Swing, Gypsy Jazz and Blues music. Poker and roulette available at the Speakeasy Casino. Prizes awarded for the best costumes.

What: The Roaring '20's New Year's Eve Celebration
Crescent Club Speakeasy, 1150 Firehouse Alley
When: Dec. 31, 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Cost: $50 online/$65 at door, 21+
For more info: visit the website or call 498-9098.

December 28, 2011
Sanborn maps give detailed snapshot of American cities

Sanborn detail.jpgHistorical fire insurance maps drawn by the Sanborn Map Company are widely regarded as an invaluable tool for researching the history, growth and development of American communities.  Founded in 1866, the Sanborn Map Company served as a leading American producer of fire insurance maps for nearly 150 years.  The company produced large-scale, color-coded plans of about 12,000 U.S. cities, towns and neighborhoods, with details on construction, building materials and use for each building - data that at the time was used to estimate fire insurance liabilities. Today, they are valued by researchers and scholars in such fields as geography, architecture, city planning, family history and urban archaeology. 

Many libraries and archives in the Sacramento provide access to the Sacramento maps in print, microfilm and digital formats.  Local institutions that carry Sanborn maps in at least one of these formats include the California State Library, Sacramento Public Library, Center for Sacramento History, and Sacramento State University Library.

IMAGE CREDIT: San Diego, California, Wide View and Detail; courtesy

December 26, 2011
Art Museum celebrates Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa.JPGThe Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum will honor African American heritage during special Kwanzaa activities this Saturday.

Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan African holiday founded by CSU Long Beach Professor Maulana Karenga in 1966. It's observed every year between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1 to celebrate African history, culture and values.

The Sojourner Truth Museum is dedicated to presenting Asian, African, Hispanic and Native American visual and performing arts to people of all ages in the Sacramento region.

What: Kwanzaa Celebration at the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum
Where: Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum, 2251 Florin Rd., Sacramento
When: Dec. 21, 4 to 7 p.m.
Cost: free, donations welcome
For more info: 916-320-9573 or website

PHOTO CREDIT: Joyce Bahati applauds a performance during a Kwanzaa celebration at the Center for Spiritual Awareness in West Sacramento. 2007 Sacramento Bee photograph by Lezlie Sterling

December 25, 2011
In History's Spotlight: Lee Greenwood

greenwood.JPGBorn: Oct. 27, 1942

Known for: Raised in North Sacramento, Greenwood became an award-winning singer-songwriter whose "God Bless the USA" has been a patriotic favorite for more than two decades.

Background: Greenwood was raised on a chicken farm by his grandparents and attended Norte Del Rio High School. A musician for much of his young life, he skipped his high school graduation ceremony because he had a show to play at the Golden Hotel and Casino in Reno. Wanting to pursue a solo career, he eventually became a regular on the Las Vegas casino circuit. Greenwood was signed in 1981 by the Nashville-based MCA label, and his first hit was "Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands." In 1984, he released "God Bless the USA," which was played at that year's Republican National Convention. The song became increasingly popular after the 1991 Gulf War and the 9/11 attacks. It is now regularly played during fireworks, at parades and other events.

A highlight: Greenwood has won two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association. He also won the CMA Song of the Year honor in 1985 for "God Bless the USA." and the Top Male Vocal Performance in 1983 for "I.O.U."

In History's Spotlight profiles of Sacramento newsmakers were published originally in 2007 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Sacramento Bee. They were written by Anthony Sorci. Look for them every Sunday in Sac History Happenings.

December 24, 2011
Merry Christmas from Sac History Happenings!

Xmas Nevada City.jpg

PHOTO CREDIT: Victorian Christmas in Nevada City, 2009. Courtesy Jesse Locks

December 22, 2011
Holiday Cheer at the State Library

Go into the California State Library's website, or directly to this YouTube link, to see a video presentation featuring holiday-related ephemera from the California State Library's extensive collection. Among the items shown are menus, greeting cards, invitations, and brochures from the legendary Santa's Village. Stop by the library's website, or by the library itself and get into the holiday spirit!

December 21, 2011
Sites marry maps and images

WhatWasThere.JPGIf you're a fan of old pictures of people, cars, buildings and streets, you're going to love two websites that "mash up" Google Maps with historic images (snapshots, postcards, etc.).

History Pin encourages users to upload images containing date and location information. They're then displayed as pinpoints on the interactive Google Map system. It's easy to browse to any location to see what's been posted. There's also a timeline filter that let's you narrow the search to specific time periods. In addition to the map-based images, History Pin features image collections with a large variety of themes, such as "Christmas," "Vintage Cars and Vehicles" and "My Grandparents are Better Than Yours."

What Was There also solicits photos and locates them on a Google Map. But it goes one step further and superimposes the old image atop the current Street View. This allows you to see the snapshot or postcard, then let it fade away to show the contemporary scene underneath. The two views don't always line up exactly, but the system is pretty cool nonetheless.

I checked both sites for items related to the Sacramento region. Not much there, unfortunately. But that's easily remedied. Folks here can join and post on both systems for free.

PHOTO CREDIT: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament superimposed on 1045 11th St., Sacramento.

December 19, 2011
Spotlight on postcards at the State Library

postcard.jpgCarson Hendricks must have a great job. He's an archivist working in the California History Section of the State Library who recently finished organizing the huge Postcard Collection there.

He describes the 24,000-card resource in the latest Bulletin of the California State Library Foundation. Generally speaking the vintage postcards (1900-1970) idealize life in the state, depicting the best places and events for tourists and would-be tourists.

They're not all about big cities and travel destinations, Hendricks explains. "A substantial number of cards in the Postcard Collection are devoted to the history of small towns and remote places as they once appeared. More than half the collection consists of places away from the major population centers of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area."

The cards are also a terrific historical tool, often depicting "images of buildings long since demolished and street scenes that have changed dramatically."

The Bulletin article is richly illustrated with reproductions of a variety of beautiful and interesting California scenes. Worth a look.

IMAGE CREDIT: Sacramento River scene published in Sacramento (Postcard History Series) by Tom Myers. Courtesy of Tom Myers

December 18, 2011
In History's Spotlight: Bill Cartwright

cartwright.jpgBorn: July 30, 1957

Known for: Considered the Sacramento area's greatest basketball talent, 7-foot Bill Cartwright won three championships with the Chicago Bulls, was an NBA All-Star with the New York Knicks and an All-American at the University of San Francisco.

Background: An Elk Grove High School graduate, Cartwright was the centerpiece of the Thundering Herd's championship teams in the mid-1970s. Cartwright was USF's all-time leading scorer averaging 19.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks selected him in the 1979 NBA draft. He played for New York until 1988, when he was traded to Chicago where he helped the Michael Jordan-led Bulls win three NBA titles (1991-93), retiring in 1995. Cartwright was an assistant for six seasons in Chicago, followed by parts of three seasons as head coach before being fired during the 2003-04 season. He then became an assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets. He interviewed this year for the Kings' head coaching position.

A highlight: Elk Grove High School has honored Cartwright by naming its gym and boys holiday basketball tournament after him.

In History's Spotlight profiles of Sacramento newsmakers were published originally in 2007 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Sacramento Bee. They were written by Anthony Sorci. Look for them every Sunday in Sac History Happenings.

December 16, 2011
Ishi's cape featured in Travel Channel program

IshiFurCape_RGB.jpgA California Museum artifact associated with Ishi, the Yahi Indian "discovered" in 1911, will be the subject of the Dec. 20 segment of Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel.

Anthropologist Dr. P. Christiaan Klieger will explain how the fur cape was found and how it shed light on the discredited claim that Ishi was "the last wild Indian in North America."

The cable show runs this Tuesday at 9 to 10 p.m. on Comcast in Sacramento (check local listings for times and channels elsewhere).

The cape is on display in the California Museum's ongoing exhibit, "California Indians: Making A Difference."

News release

PHOTO CREDIT: Rare Yahi cape on display in the California Museum's permanent exhibit, "California Indians: Making A Difference." Courtesy California Museum of History

December 15, 2011
19th century cannonball donated to Elk Grove Historical Society

sheldon marker.JPGElizabeth Pinkerton, history columnist for the Elk Grove Citizen, recently described the strange story of how an early 19th century French cannonball found its way to the Elk Grove Historical Society.

As Pinkerton explains, John Sutter acquired the cannonball along with arms, ammunition, hardware and other valuables sold by the Russians who abandoned Fort Ross in 1841. In 1851 Sacramento-area pioneer Jared Sheldon acquired one of the cannons to protect his dam on the Cosumnes River. He was killed by miners and the artillery piece, plus ammo, passed to Sheldon's descendents. The cannon was destroyed in the 1890s and apparently was disposed of in the River. Eventually one of the cannonballs was discovered by the family, preserved and was donated to the Historical Society this past month.

Experts have determined that the cannonball isn't Russian all, but French -- a survivor of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia in 1812. Quite an odyssey for a hunk of metal!

PHOTO CREDIT: The grave site of Jared Sheldon, one of the founders of Sloughhouse 1998 Sacramento Bee photograph by Bryan Patrick

December 14, 2011
UC Press e-books viewable on the Web

williebrown.jpgAmong the growing body of scholarly publications that have been digitized for electronic consumption is the University of California Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004.

Maintained in collaboration with the California Digital Library, the Collection contains almost 2,000 electronic editions of academic titles published by UC Press. All the e-books are freely available to UC faculty, staff, and students. And the public may view more than 25 percent of the online books for free.

The Collection is easily browsed by author, title and/or subject via the search interface. There are over 500 books in the field of history. Among the 68 volumes related to California that might interest you:

Contested Eden: California before the Gold Rush (1998)
Taming the elephant: politics, government, and law in pioneer California (2003)
A golden state: mining and economic development in gold rush California (1999)
California progressivism revisited (1994)
Days of gold: the California Gold Rush and the American nation (1997)
Gold: the California story (2000)
Railroad crossing: Californians and the railroad, 1850-1910 (1994)
Working people of California (1995)
Willie Brown: a biography (1996)
Battling the inland sea: American political culture, public policy, and the Sacramento Valley, 1850-1986 (1998)
Sierra crossing: first roads to California (1998)

December 13, 2011
CSH gets Suttertown News archive

Tim Holt.jpgThe Center for Sacramento History last week announced that Tim Holt, former Suttertown News publisher, has donated the complete run of that defunct publication to the city archive. Back in 1994 Holt gave the Center over 2,000 of its photographs.

In its day Suttertown News was the "other" alternative paper in Sacramento. Holt began publishing in 1975 to champion community activism, vintage architecture and bohemian culture of the central city. In its first edition it opposed a proposed 18-story hotel at 18th and L Sts. and rallied against the growing "Manhattanization of Sacramento." As Holt recalled in a 1994 Bee op-ed piece:

The challenge to conservative Sacramento, and ultimately City Hall, would come from a downtown community inhabited not only by artists and writers but also by alternative-style entrepreneurs who set up crafts stores, restaurants, coffee houses and art galleries. They were joined by more solid, mainstream types, mostly state workers, who aimed for an elegant, House Beautiful existence in rehabbed downtown Victorians.

Suttertown News ended publication in Dec. 1993 because "we simply ran out of money" explained Holt in a Bee interview. It was tough for the paper to make ends meet and the competition from the expanding News & Review didn't help.

Holt subsequently moved to Dunsmuir where he is active in local politics and railroad history. He continues to write and is author of Song of the Simple Life, a collection of essays on sustainable living.

PHOTO CREDIT: Time Holt in the Suttertown News office in 1982. Sacramento Bee photograph by Leilani Hu

December 12, 2011
Two authors to speak at the Military Museum

There'll be a doubleheader this Saturday when the California State Military Museum presents two lectures in its "Meet the Authors" series.

battlefield_angels_medium.jpgScott McGaugh, author of Battlefield Angels: Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire from Valley Forge to Afghanistan, will survey the heroic work of medics, corpsmen, nurses, doctors, surgeons and medical technicians who served in the Armed Forces during America's wars.

len_kovar_medium.jpgKen Kovar, author of WWII Prisoner of War: How I Survived, will recount how his plane was shot down over enemy territory, how he avoided capture for a time and how he survived in a POW camp near the end of the war.

What: Meet the Author
Where: California State Military Museum, 1119 2nd St., Old Sacramento
When: Dec. 17, 1 p.m. (McGaugh) and 3 p.m. (Kovar)
Cost: free
For more info: (916) 854-1904 or email

December 11, 2011
In History's Spotlight: Gregory Kondos

KONDOS.JPGBorn: April 2, 1923

Known for: Gregory Kondos is one of the top contemporary landscape painters in the country. His style of "painterly realism" and devotion to landscape has influenced generations of Sacramento painters.

Background: Kondos was born in East Lynn, Mass., and moved with his family to Sacramento in 1927. He enrolled at Sacramento Junior College in 1941 to study art. Two years later, he began three years of active duty during World War II. Upon his discharge, Kondos completed his degree, then switched to California State University, Sacramento, to pursue a college teaching career. In 1958, he accepted a position in the art department at Sacramento Junior (now City) College. Kondos retired in 1982. During his career, he painted an array of subjects, including the Sacramento River Delta, Yosemite Valley, Big Sur, the American Southwest, France and Greece.

A highlight: The Sacramento City College art gallery, which he founded, is named after him. He donated his Sacramento painting "River Palms" to hang in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library in memory of his parents, Steve and Kanela Kondos.

In History's Spotlight profiles of Sacramento newsmakers were published originally in 2007 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Sacramento Bee. They were written by Anthony Sorci. Look for them every Sunday in Sac History Happenings.

December 9, 2011
A Victorian Christmas in Nevada City

Victorian Christmas.JPGThe former Gold Rush town of Nevada City transforms into 19th century London for the 34th annual Victorian Christmas festival.

Visitors will amble down gaslamp-lit streets passing minstrels and carolers in period dress. They can enjoy childrens' pony rides, carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide food and beverages, and of course, St. Nick.

What: Victorian Christmas
Where: Downtown Nevada City
When: Dec. 14 & 21, 5 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 11 & 18, 1:30 to 6 p.m.
Cost: free
For more info: 530-265-2692 or Nevada City Chamber web site

Event brochure

PHOTO CREDIT: The Ananda Victorian Singers play to a crowd on Pine St. in Nevada City during the annual Victorian Christmas celebration. 2000 Sacramento Bee photograph by Bryan Patrick

December 8, 2011
Story Time at the Aerospace Museum

aerospacemuseum.JPGEvery Friday morning the Aerospace Museum of California offers young children under six a special opportunity to see the aircraft and to hear stories from age-appropriate books on aviation and space exploration. After each reading, kids can take a tour of a related Museum exhibit.

Participating children must be accompanied by an adult.

The new Museum Pavilion and air park, which opened in 2007, is home to a variety of civilian and military aircraft, including Navy and Air Force fighters, trainers and transports covering the period 1940 to 2000.

What: Story Time
Where: Aerospace Museum of California, 3200 Freedom Park Dr., McClellan
When: every Friday, 10 to 10:30 a.m. (excluding holidays)
Cost: $8 adults; free for children under six
For more info: 916-643-3192 or web site.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tyler Minter, 9, and his sister, Shelby Minter, 4, both of Elverta, explore the inside of a Grumman HU-16B Albatross rescue airplane at the Aerospace Museum of California. 2008 Sacramento Bee photograph by Autumn Cruz

December 8, 2011
Christmas in Coloma

Coloma xmas.JPGColoma, home of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, transforms into an 1850s Gold Rush town this weekend to celebrate the holidays as the early California pioneers did.

Costumed volunteers will show visitors an assortment of traditional Christmas crafts, including candle-making, wreath-making, rope-making, corn husk doll-making and ironware blacksmithing. There will be holiday plays, music, games and food and craft vendors. And Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus will be on hand to meet children and pose for photos.

What: Christmas in Coloma
Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, (Hwy 49 midway between Placerville and Auburn)
When: Dec. 10 & 11, 10 to 4 p.m.
Cost: parking $7 per vehicle
For more info: call 530-295-2170, 530-622-3470 or see web site

PHOTO CREDIT: Volunteer Dulcie Warganich, left, holds up the wreath Nathan Van Ness, 9, just made during Christmas in Coloma. 1997 Sacramento Bee photograph by Anne Chadwick Williams

December 7, 2011
USS Sacramento fought at Pearl Harbor

USS SACRAMENTO.JPGThere have been three warships named the USS Sacramento. The second one (PG-19) was a WWI-era gunboat that served mostly in Japan and China between the wars. In August 1941 the ship was assigned to the 14th Naval District stationed at Pearl Harbor.

When the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, the Sacramento was berthed next to a couple destroyers across from Battleship Row. The gunship's crew scrambled shortly after 8 a.m and helped shoot down two enemy planes targeting the larger vessels. Later they helped rescue a couple dozen sailors from the battleship Oklahoma. For its distinguished service during the attack, the Sacramento was awarded a battle star.

USS SACRAMENTO BELL.JPGThe Sacramento served in various capacities during World War II and was decommissioned in 1946. The following year it was sold as a merchant ship, initially under Italian registry. We don't know her ultimate fate, but fortunately her bell, signal flags, radio messages and other artifacts were preserved by sailors and donated to the City. On Oct. 16,1984, the bell was formally dedicated in a ceremony at the Old Sacramento Docking Barge at L Street and the river.

For this 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, The Bee has published articles on aging WWII vets and an El Dorado County woman who witnessed the battle as a child. Accompanying the stories is a photo gallery and list of informative online resources.

USS Sacramento (PG-19) resources:
NavSource Gunboat Photo Archive
Wikipedia article
USS Sacramento history, 1914-1947
Naval Warfare: USS Sacramento
Center for Sacramento History photos and artifacts
Sacramento Bee articles about the USS Sacramento

PHOTO CREDITS: (Top) the USS Sacramento, circa 1940. (Left) the bell from the USS Sacramento hangs near the Tower Bridge. 2009 Sacramento Bee photograph by Randy Pench

December 6, 2011
An emigrant Christmas at Sutter's Fort

Sutters Fort Xmas.jpgExperience a really old-fashioned Christmas this Saturday at Sutter's Fort.

Docents in period attire will show visitors how immigrants from many different countries brought their particular holiday traditions to 1840s Sacramento.

Try your hand at Christmas activities like stringing popcorn and cranberries, candle dipping and crafting paper cut-out ornaments.

What: Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas
Where: Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Sacramento
When: Dec. 10, 10 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $6 per adult, $4 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 years and under
For more info: Call 916-445-4422 or visit

News release

PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Sutter's Fort State Historic Park

December 5, 2011
70th Pearl Harbor Day observances

PEARL SALUTE.JPGDec. 7 marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and America's entry into World War II. The ranks of Pearl Harbor survivors are dwindling, but local veterans of that "Day of Infamy" will again attend this year's ceremonies in Sacramento's Discovery Park and Roseville.

Submarine veterans of the USS Holland will conduct (for the 25th consecutive year) the Pearl Harbor Remembrance and Wreath Laying Ceremony in Sacramento. The observance begins at 9 a.m. at Discovery Park. (Exit I-5 North or South at Richards Blvd. Turn Right on Jibboon St. Cross the bridge and turn left into parking area.)

Roseville's service begins at 11 a.m. It will feature an oral reenactment of the events of Dec. 7-8, 1941, as well as a wreath laying at the World War II Memorial. This year's wreath will be presented by Alfred Mirtoni, 96, an Army veteran of the South Pacific theater. The Memorial is located in downtown Roseville (100 block of Vernon Street).

The local Pearl Harbor Survivors Association will host a breakfast and ceremony Wednesday at Brookfield's Restaurant near Sunrise Blvd. and U.S. 50. Breakfast starts around 8 a.m. followed by the ceremony. No need to RSVP. Guests will order their meal off the menu.

The Coast Guard will conduct its own ceremony at Coast Guard Island (located between Oakland and Alameda). The event includes the arrival of veterans and Coast Guard officers in WWII era military vehicles (7:55 a.m.), reading of a proclamation, wreath hanging and 21-gun salute. See this news release for more details.

Watch for The Bee's Pearl Harbor Day profiles of local attack survivors by Anita Creamer and Carlos Alcala. The online versions of these stories will be accompanied by a photo gallery and links to informative Pearl Harbor resources on the Web.

PHOTO CREDIT: Pearl Harbor veteran John Riches salutes at the 2010 observance in downtown Roseville. Sacramento Bee photograph by Randy Pench

PS (Dec. 7): The Bee posted a new photo gallery showing scenes from this year's 2011 Pearl Harbor Day observance at Discovery Park.

December 4, 2011
In History's Spotlight: Rudolph Herold

HEROLD.JPGBorn: Dec. 26, 1870
Died: April 13, 1926

Known for: Rudolph Herold was a Sacramento architect who designed many prominent structures, including Sacramento City Hall, the Masonic Temple, the Sacramento Hall of Justice and Capitol National Bank Building.

Background: A San Francisco native, he taught architectural drawing at Lincoln Evening School. He then traveled to Europe and spent three years working and studying in large cities. Herold moved to Sacramento in 1901 and gained a reputation for his work on public buildings. He was a master of many styles, but was best known for his use of terra cotta ornamentation. Unlike Herold's other buildings in Sacramento, the Masonic Temple was never remodeled.

A highlight: Herold also designed the home of C.K. and Ella K. McClatchy and their family on 22nd Street in Sacramento. The house became a library in 1940 after Eleanor McClatchy and Charlotte Maloney presented it to the city as a memorial to their mother.

In History's Spotlight profiles of Sacramento newsmakers were published originally in 2007 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Sacramento Bee. They were written by Anthony Sorci. Look for them every Sunday in Sac History Happenings.

December 2, 2011
Auburn Bottle Show

The 34th Annual 49er Bottle and Antique Show, presented under the auspices of the 49er Historical Bottle Association, will take place on Saturday, December 2 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. Aside from bottles, other beverage material along with general antiques, books, photographs, collectibles, and ephemera will also be available from a variety of dealers. Much of it relates to Northern California and particularly to the Mother Lode and Gold Rush era, and as such will be of interest to Sacramento and California history buffs. Admission is free, and the show will be open from 9 to 3 p.m.

December 2, 2011
Sacramento yearbooks online through Public Library

More than 100 yearbooks from SacramenReview.jpgto-area schools (1898-1949) are now available to search and view online through the Sacramento Public Library's recently upgraded Sacramento Room Digital Collections website.  Visitors to the site can search the yearbooks by keyword and view high-resolution images of every page. The yearbooks are from the collections of the Sacramento Public Library and the Center for Sacramento History, and ten local junior and senior high schools are represented, including Sacramento Senior High, McClatchy High, San Juan Union High and Christian Brothers School, as well as California Junior High and David Lubin Junior High. 

The Sacramento Room Digital Collections is an ongoing project made possible by generous funding provided through the Sacramento Public Library Foundation. Since the project began in 2009, around 2,000 photographs, 800 postcards and 50 menus have been digitized. Collections are managed, stored and made available through OCLC's CONTENTdm digital collection management software.

PHOTO CREDIT: Cover of Sacramento Senior High School Review (February 1920). From the Special Collections of the Sacramento Public Library.

December 2, 2011
Annual gingerbread house contest in Old Sacramento

Gingerbread Holiday.jpgFeeling creative this holiday season? Decorate a gingerbread house and enter it in the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse annual gingerbread house contest.

Entries will be accepted at the Schoolhouse on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3. Winners will be announced on Dec. 10. Houses will be exhibited at the Museum through Dec. 21. After that they'll be given to local children's homes and hospitals.

What: Gingerbread Holiday
Where: Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum, 1200 Front St.
When: Entries accepted Dec. 2 & 3, 1 to 4 p.m. Houses on display thru Dec. 21.
For more info: 916-483-8818 or web site

PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum

December 1, 2011
Capitol Museum hosts holiday music

CAPITOL SINGERS.JPGEvery year since 1996 the Capitol Museum, in conjunction with the Legislature Joint Rules Committee, the Governor's Office and the Department of General Services, has sponsored holiday music during December.

These lunch-time performances feature a wide range of musical styles and instruments, including jazz and classical choirs, harpists, violinists, brass ensembles, bell-ringers, etc.

The program kicks off today with the Salvation Army Brass Quintet (11-12 p.m.) and the Golden State Accordion Club (12-1 p.m.).

What: Holiday Music Program
Where: California Sate Capitol Museum, 10th & L Sts., Sacramento
When: Dec. 1 thru 23
Cost: free
For more info: 916-324-0333 or program schedule

PHOTO CREDIT: The Cosumnes River College Chamber Singers perform in the rotunda of the State Capitol. 2005 Sacramento Bee photograph by Brian Baer

About Sac History Happenings

California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at

Pete basofin

Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at

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