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Sutter’s Fort blacksmith shop to undergo much-needed restoration

Sutter’s Fort blacksmith shop to undergo much-needed restoration

California State Parks and the Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to announce the popular Blacksmith Shop at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will soon undergo a much-needed restoration effort made possible due to a generous donation by the Sacramento Pioneer Association. Led by California State Parks, the restoration of the crowd-favorite exhibit room will begin by early August and is expected to be completed this fall.

Once the restoration is finished, guests will enjoy an enhanced experience and gain a greater appreciation about the important role of the blacksmith early in California’s history. Having a skilled blacksmith at the Fort was a real point of pride for John Sutter. In fact, blacksmith skills were in great demand to help transform dark metals into original tools and hardware to be used as shoes for horses, lance heads for soldiers, tires for wagons as well as for making door handles, hinges, latches, and much more.

Railroad Museum calls for volunteers

Railroad Museum calls for volunteers

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? Enjoy meeting people from all over the world?

California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are now recruiting adults (18 or older) who are interested in volunteering to help communicate and inspire others about the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and the California Gold Rush. A special, drop-in Volunteer Open House is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Stanford Gallery located at 111 I Street in Old Sacramento (next door to the California State Railroad Museum). Volunteer applications are being accepted now through July 1 and will be followed by an interview process.



Make it to Midtown for 2nd Saturday Activities

Make it to Midtown for 2nd Saturday Activities

A center for culture, creativity and vibrancy, Midtown Sacramento is an exciting 2nd Saturday Art Walk destination where local art galleries and other participating businesses collaborate to host a popular evening open house each month.  Midtown guests will enjoy viewing art exhibits, participating in hands-on activities, meeting local artists, sampling food and wine, listening to live music and more.  On Saturday, May 14, 2016, a sampling of the offerings presented by Midtown businesses include the following:

Yee Fow: Chinese Pioneers

Yee Fow: Chinese Pioneers

The Chinese immigrants to California endured more discriminatory laws and taxes than any other ethnic group, but managed to maintain their community in the face of tremendous organized opposition, legal and otherwise. We'll introduce you to Chinese doctors, merchants, boxers, baseball players, church-goers and gangsters.

Join us for this engaging tour on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Old City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

Old Sacramento has Just the Ticket for Family Fun with Weekend Train Rides & Underground Tours

Old Sacramento has Just the Ticket for Family Fun with Weekend Train Rides & Underground Tours

Interested in riding the rails along the picturesque Sacramento River? Or maybe exploring the alluring underground is more your style. Either way, Old Sacramento State Historic Park has just the ticket with history-rich weekend excursion train rides and crowd-favorite Old Sacramento Underground Tours resuming on April 2 & 3, 2016.



Weekend Excursion Train Rides


California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to announce the opening of the 33rd consecutive season of weekend excursion trains on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on April 2 & 3 and continuing through September 2016. Each weekend, excursion train ride guests can enjoy train rides pulled by either vintage steam locomotive Granite Rock 10 (that returned to service in 2015 after a major restoration effort) or historic diesel locomotives on periodic weekends.  

Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” on 3/19

Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” on 3/19

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month,  Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.