Sac History Happenings

News and developments in Sacramento and California history

September 9, 2013
So long, but see you at Sacbee's History Section

Today Sac History Happenings ceases operation as a branded blog.

I want to thank Amanda Graham of the Sacramento Public Library and Michael Dolgushkin of the California State Library for their postings these past 2-1/2 years. We hope that in a small way this blog has contributed to the very vibrant historical scene in Sacramento.

Amanda and I will continue to write up announcements of local history events and resources going forward. These will be published online in's History Section. There you'll find Bee staff-written stories of interest to this community, as well as links to the latest wire articles on the subject posted elsewhere on In addition, the page has AP's daily "Today in History" feature and links to essential local websites.

Those used to keeping abreast of the blog through an RSS feed will be able to monitor the History Section in the same way. Just aim your favorite RSS reader to this link.

Twitter fans can still follow us at Sacramento History (@Sac_History_Hap) which links to all the History Section content, plus interesting items around the Web.

We welcome your comments and suggestions. Keep sending those press releases and announcements. I can be reached at

September 6, 2013
Sample local history and local beer at Untapped Sacramento

Annie Johnson.JPGWhere can you learn about the history of Sacramento's beer industry and sample some of the city's best local beers made today?

Head to the Center Sacramento History next Thursday for a special, behind-the-scenes peek at rare brewery artifacts in the Vault. In addition to the tour, visitors can taste brews from Ruhstaller, Track 7, Two Rivers Cider, New Helvetia and American River Brewing Company.

Proxy Moon will provide live music. And Sacramento's own Annie Johnson, American Homebrewers Association 2013 Homebrewer of the Year, will make a special appearance.

What: Untapped Sacramento History
Where: Center for Sacramento History, 551 Sequoia Pacific Boulevard, Sacramento
When: Sept. 12, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $25, includes 2 pints of your favorite brews. Additional pints may be purchased for $5 and includes a complimentary commemorative glass. Purchase advance tickets.
For more info: 916-247-1234 or website

PHOTO CREDIT: Annie Johnson, national home brewer of the year, puts grains of wheat and barley in a grinder at Brew Ferment Distill in Oak Park. 2013 Sacramento Bee photograph by Lezlie Sterling

September 5, 2013
Home tour celebrates the Mansion Flats neighborhood

MAJ CHANTERELLE.JPGSince 1975 the Sacramento Old City Association has offered docent tours of historic buildings in the Midtown and Downtown areas. This year's event honors the Mansion Flats Neighborhood with an inside look at five homes ranging from the stately Old Governor's Mansion to the infamous Dorothy Puente rooming house (now a private residence).

Accompanying the Home Tour is a street fair featuring local building contractors and artisans, artists, crafters, and advocacy and history groups.

What: 38th Annual SOCA Home Tour and Street Fair
Where: northwest corner of 16th and H streets (parking lot of the Clarion Mansion Inn)
When: Sept. 15, 10 to 4 p.m.
Cost: Fair is free. Tour tickets are $30 day of event; $25 advance purchase. Buy tickets online.
For more info: (916) 202-4815 or Sacramento Old City Association

PHOTO CREDIT: The Sterling Hotel at 1300 H St., one of the homes featured in this year's SOCA tour. 2009 Sacramento Bee photograph by Michael Allen Jones

September 4, 2013
Celebrate California's birthday at the State Capitol

Thumbnail image for admission_ grand_celebration.jpgThis Monday marks the 163rd anniversary of the the admission of California into the United States. Celebrate this milestone at the State Capitol. Visitors will be treated with live cake and ice cream provided by California State Parks and the State Capitol Museum. And while your there, check out the Capitol Museum itself.

What: Admission Day Celebration
Where: California State Capitol (north steps)
When: Sept. 9, 11 to 2 p.m.
Cost: free
For more info: 916-324-0333 or website

IMAGE CREDIT: Grand Admission Celebration, California Department of Parks and Recreation

September 3, 2013
Check out your treasures at Folsom's Antique Evaluation Day

FL EA MAGNIFYING.JPGWant to know more about an antique or collectible you own? Here's a chance to get advice from 13 knowledgeable appraisers with expertise in a variety of specialties: quilts, furniture, jewelry, paintings, coins, baskets, weapons and much more. It's all happening this Saturday in Folsom's historic district.

Antique Evaluation Day is sponsored by the Folsom History Museum with support by Folsom Lake Bank, Folsom Rotary Annes and Andy, The Folsom Chamber of Commerce, The Rotary Club of Folsom, The Rotary Club of Folsom Lake, The Rotary Club of Historic Folsom and Karen's Bakery Café. Proceeds from the event go to support Museum programs.

What: 16th Annual Antique Evaluation Day
Where: Sutter Street, Folsom
When: Sept. 7
Cost: Evaluations -- $8 per item or $35 for five items. Parking is free.
For more info: 916-985-2707 or website

Event flyer

PHOTO CREDIT: Lee Kavaljian evaluates a painting on cotton cloth with a magnifying glass at the Antique Evaluation Day held in front of the Folsom History Museum. 2000 Sacramento Bee photograph by Florence Low

September 2, 2013
Cemetery tour explores the Capitol's stories and secrets

SACRAMENTO CAPITOL 1870.JPGThe movers, shakers, artisans and common folks who made the the state's Capitol Building a reality are the subject of the next Historic City Cemetery tour.

Come hear the stories, scandals and secrets behind the construction of Sacramento's signature structure. As usual, the tour will be led by some of the city's most knowledgeable history docents.

What: Capitol Connections
Where: Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento
When: Sept. 7, 10 a.m.
Cost: free, but donations always appreciated to benefit cemetery preservation
For more info: (916) 448-0811 or website

Event flyer

PHOTO CREDIT: California State Capitol, completed in 1870.

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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