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It’s official…the Railroad Museum is now recognized as a Smithsonian affiliate

It’s official…the Railroad Museum is now recognized as a Smithsonian affiliate

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to announce the California State Railroad Museum is now officially recognized as a Smithsonian Affiliate.

“We are delighted to officially begin our Affiliate partnership with the California State Railroad Museum, an organization which has previously worked alongside the Smithsonian in scholarship and historic preservation,” said Myriam Springuel, Interim Director, Smithsonian Affiliations. “The story of railroading is very much the story of building the foundation of the United States and we are proud to partner with this museum which tells this national story from its beginnings in California. The collections, scholarship and expertise of the Smithsonian will be well matched by those at the California State Railroad Museum; we expect both organizations to benefit a great deal from this collaborative relationship.”

Open Cockpit Day on Father’s Day at the Aerospace Museum

Open Cockpit Day on Father’s Day at the Aerospace Museum

Dads will just LOVE a visit to the Aerospace Museum of California on Father’s Day,  especially with free admission (for dads and granddads) plus a crowd-favorite Open Cockpit Day happening that offers a unique opportunity for guests to climb aboard many aircraft to pilot their own adventure!
    

New sights, sounds & experiences greet tour guests in Old Sacramento this summer

New sights, sounds & experiences greet tour guests in Old Sacramento this summer

There are plenty of exciting and new reasons to take a tour in Old Sacramento this summer, all offered by the Sacramento History Museum and Sacramento History Alliance. The ever-popular Old Sacramento Underground tours are now available seven days a week (through Labor Day) that include new archaeology exhibits and recently added sounds of 1860 street life in the hollow sidewalks. Earlier this year, weekend Gold Fever! tours were added where guests become part of the story and tour by taking on the persona of (often rascally) Gold Rush era characters. The new Gold Fever! tours depart from the newly renovated Sacramento Visitors Center (corner of 2nd & J) in Old Sacramento which provides reason enough to stop in for a visit.  Plus, during the month of June, a complimentary pass to visit the Sacramento History Museum will be provided to everyone who purchases a tour ticket (i.e. Old Sacramento Underground, Underground After Hours or Gold Fever! tours).

Carmichael Park community band festival

Carmichael Park community band festival

Railroad Museum to showcase automobiles alongside locomotives with new “A World on Wheels” exhibit

Railroad Museum to showcase automobiles alongside locomotives with new “A World on Wheels” exhibit

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation – in partnership with the California Automobile Museum -- will debut an eye-catching and new “A World on Wheels” exhibit on Friday, May 26, 2017.  In addition, interested guests can enjoy a one-day-only Shuttle Train Ride to and from the two nearby museums (for a small fee) on Saturday, May 27, 2017. This special Shuttle Train will be pulled by the steam-powered Granite Rock 10 locomotive.

“A World on Wheels” Exhibit

Sutter’s Fort to present “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” on May 20

Sutter’s Fort to present “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” on May 20

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: A Community of Many Faces” event on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fort visitors will be delighted to see the recently completed restoration of the historic walls, gates and blacksmith shop plus have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1840s to celebrate and honor the richly diverse cultures represented at the Fort. In fact, the Gold Rush of 1849 brought tens of thousands of people to California from all over the world. But even before the first gold seekers arrived, Sutter’s Fort was already a melting pot of ethnic, social and cultural diversity. In the New Helvetia Diary (the daily log book of Sutter’s Fort), there are at least 30 different groups of Native people mentioned as having visited the Fort and/or provided labor for John Sutter.  

Fine art exhibition - May 19, 2017 - July 6, 2017 The Gallery At 48 Natoma

Fine art exhibition - May 19, 2017 - July 6, 2017  The Gallery At 48 Natoma

The Gallery at 48 Natoma will feature the art of digital artist Vincent DiLeo and the 

whimsical work of artist Susan Silvester. The dates of the exhibit are May 19, 2017 - July 6, 2017.

This is a two person show featuring both award winning artists.