Bringing the past to the present is what archivists do best. Their skills will shine in October, which is American Archives Month, a nationwide celebration to "raise awareness of the value of archives."
Here in Sacramento, four downtown venues will be part of Sacramento's second annual Archives Crawl, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6. The theme is "Building Sacramento/Building Communities."
Rare photo and text collections, correspondence, and "a treasure trove" of other historical archives will be on display at the venues. This will be a rare chance to get up close and personal with our area's history, and find some surprises during behind-the-scenes tours.
Archival displays and tours will be at California State Library (900 N St.), California State Archives (1020 O St.), Center for Sacramento History (551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd.) and the Sacramento Room at the Sacramento Central Library (828 I St.).
Part of the Archives Crawl includes a passport (available at all venues), to be stamped at the four sites. Visit three of the four sites and receive a set of limited-edition coasters with images of the Tower Bridge, the Capitol, Sutter's Fort and Memorial Auditorium.
For complete details, go to sacarchivescrawl.blogspot.com.