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Symbolism & Victorian mourning

Symbolism & Victorian mourning

The Old City Cemetery is filled with the symbols of a time long past, but what do they mean? Is there more to a lamb, a broken bud or an urn than meets the eye? Come join us as we attempt to unlock the secrets hidden in plain sight and take a look into Victorian mourning culture. Widow’s weeds not required. Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:00 am.

 

Midtown debuts second dumpster art-wrap as part of ongoing beautification efforts

Midtown debuts second dumpster art-wrap as part of ongoing beautification efforts

As a follow-up to a creative pilot project launched a year ago between the Midtown Association and 16 Powerhouse, beautification efforts continue as another dumpster art-wrap debuted in Midtown.  Sponsored by Waste Management, the latest “wrapped” dumpster is located in Powerhouse Alley with a brand new creative design to showcase the bike-friendly nature of Sacramento’s urban core.                              

New season of weekend train rides & underground tours resumes soon in Old Sac

New season of weekend train rides & underground tours resumes soon in Old Sac

Interested in riding the rails along the picturesque Sacramento River? Or maybe exploring the alluring underground is more your style. Either way (or both!), 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 1 & 2, 2017.



Weekend Excursion Train Rides


California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to announce the opening of the 34th consecutive season of weekend excursion trains on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on April 1 & 2 and continuing through September 2017. Each weekend, excursion train ride guests can enjoy train rides pulled by either vintage steam locomotive Granite Rock 10 or historic diesel locomotives on select weekends.  



Ring the alarm…the Auto Museum to present “To the Rescue” fire trucks exhibit

Ring the alarm…the Auto Museum to present “To the Rescue” fire trucks exhibit

In partnership with the Sacramento Fire Museum and sponsored by the Firefighters Burn Institute, the California Automobile Museum is proud and excited to present “To the Rescue,” an all new exhibit that highlights early fire trucks, equipment and people who worked to save our city.  The new exhibit will be on display March 16 through May 29, 2017.

Since the invention of the automobile, dedicated fire fighters have used the technology to improve the speed and methods used to fight fires that routinely caused significant damage in urban areas prior to modern infrastructure, regulations, etc. The colorful and dramatic exhibit includes many of the early fire trucks, fire-fighting equipment and other objects that served to save our city from the late 1800s and through the 1940s. And, as a special opportunity on most weekends, interested guests will also be able to experience sitting in a 1921 Graham fire truck (please see website for a schedule of availability).

Catch gold fever during interactive and fun new tours in Old Sac

Catch gold fever during interactive and fun new tours in Old Sac

Starting April 1, guests to Old Sacramento can experience what it was like to catch gold fever while getting actively involved in the intriguing and new Gold Fever! guided tours.

Each tour guest has the unique opportunity to take on the persona of a character in history – or a “real-life rascal” – who scratched and clawed their way to make this area the center of the Gold Rush. Never the same tour twice, the all new Gold Fever! tours relive Sacramento’s early days when gold fever ruled amid horrible disasters that threatened fates and fortunes. To spice things up even more, elements of chance are introduced that could change the fate of tour guests. Through the course of the lively tours that meander through Old Sacramento, visitors find out if they successfully escaped the many floods, if they managed to keep their gold dust (or lose it all at the gambling tables) and if they survived the fires, disease and occasional steamboat explosion.

Picture this: Railroad Museum to showcase award-winning photographs from around the world

Picture this: Railroad Museum to showcase award-winning photographs from around the world

Coinciding with the start of the 34th consecutive weekend excursion train ride season on April 1, 2017, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will also debut a new exhibit inside the Museum that showcases the impressive award-winning photographs from the prestigious Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s 2016 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program. For a new twist on the international competition, the Center split the awards program into two categories: one for recent images made with mobile device cameras, and the other for most evocative photographs of all time. The new two-category format resulted in an incredible array of submissions that included 331 images taken by 141 photographers from more than 30 different states and 10 countries.

State Parks names Chris Rockwell as Librarian for the California for State Railroad Museum Library

State Parks names Chris Rockwell as Librarian for the California for State Railroad Museum Library

California State Parks has named Chris Rockwell as Librarian for the California State Railroad Museum (CSRM) Library & Archives that provides free public access to the Railroad Museum’s impressive and extensive documentary collections. The CSRM Library & Archives serves as a valuable community and industry resource that responds to approximately 5,000 requests per year from a wide range of individuals, including historians, genealogists, writers, students, film makers, members of the legal community as well as from the general public.