Sacramento boomed when forty-niners flocked to California, but the road from riverfront trading post to cosmopolitan capital was bumpy and winding. In this collection, historian and local author Cheryl Anne Stapp reveals the setbacks and successes that shaped the city, including a devastating cholera outbreak, the 1850s squatter riots, two major fires, the glamorous Pony Express and the first transcontinental railroad built by Sacramento merchants. Even bursting levees and swollen riverbanks couldn't keep the fledgling city down, as Sacramento hoisted its downtown buildings and streets above flood level. Come discover the diversity of Sacramento's heritage from agriculture and state fairs to war efforts, Prohibition and historic preservation, and explore the historic sites that mark the city's development.
Cherly Anne Stapp is the author of numerous magazine articles, along with the recently published Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush through the Civil War (2012), and is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch. She maintains a history blog at www.cherylannestapp.com.
What: Sacramento Chronicles book discussion
Where: Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento
When: Tuesday, April 9, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
For more info: www.saclibrary.org; (916) 264-2920