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July 31, 2012
Third Annual Music Fest at Railtown 1897

Railtown singing rails 2010.JPGThroughout American history trains and songs have been inexorably linked. In honor of this happy connection, Railtown 1897 (home of those movie-star steam locomotives) invites the public to its 3rd annual Singing Rails Music Festival.

Headlining the evening is influential folksinger Mary McCaslin who sings traditional ballads and her own contemporary songs of the West. Opening for McCaslin are the Sierra Mountain Band (traditional western and bluegrass) and Faux Renwah (old-timey).

The performances will be held outside on the Roundhouse lawn. Though food and beverages will available for purchase, guests are encouraged to their own lawn chairs, blankets and picnic fixings.

What: "Singing Rails" Railroad Music Festival
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown
When: Aug. 4. 5 p.m., Sierra Mountain Band; 6 p.m., Faux Renwah; 7 p.m., Mary McCaslin.
Cost: Advance online tickets -- $10 for adults; free for children 12 and under. At the gate (if still available) -- $12 for adults; free for children 12 and under.
For more info: 209-984-3953 or visit website

News Release

PHOTO CREDIT: Chris and Bob of Faux Renwah at 2010 Singing Rails. Courtesy Railtown 1897 SHP

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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 mdolgushkin@library.ca.gov.

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 agraham@saclibrary.org.

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 pbasofin@sacbee.com.

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