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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.

Hidden beneath paint, a famed artist's wall decorations

CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Not only did Thomas Cole paint the lush mountain landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School art movement of the 19th century, he also painted on the walls of his home... Read More

Join the fun...March is museum membership month!

Join the fun...March is museum membership month!

Following another successful Sacramento Museum Day – which was attended by nearly 45,000 community members -- the Sacramento Area Museums (SAM) has announced March 2017 as Museum Membership Month!

The benefits of museum membership often extend well beyond a financial savings and include exclusive experiences only available to members. Plus, there’s something for everyone as the thriving Sacramento area museum community offers memberships at virtually every museum and/or destination -- from fine art and culture to native, exotic and endangered wildlife. To highlight Museum Membership Month in March, many of the nearly 30 museums are offering special incentives and discounts for enthusiasts who choose to become members of their favorite museums and destinations. A few limited-time offers include the following:

Final weekend to visit “Live Free: California Motorcycle Culture” exhibit at Auto Museum

Final weekend to visit “Live Free: California Motorcycle Culture” exhibit at Auto Museum

It’s time to race in to see the “Live Free: California Motorcycle Culture” exhibit that ends this Sunday, February 19 at the California Automobile Museum. The visually exciting exhibit shows how powerful, fast and flashy motorcycles have left enduring tracks on California’s vehicular history and are an integral part of the very culture of the Golden State.

Sutter’s Fort to present “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” on 2/18

Sutter’s Fort to present  “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” on 2/18

Continuing a series of popular, interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities offered each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” event on Saturday, February 18, 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 understand the two different ways emigrants originally came to California -- by land or by sea -- while sharing the unique challenges they faced and what daily life was like during their journeys. In fact, Sutter’s Fort was once home to sailors who “jumped ship,” trappers who became overland trail guides because of the failing fur trade, wagon train parties looking for a new life, and soldiers who served in the Mexican-American War and whose services were terminated in California – 3,000 miles from their homes in the east. 

"Images in Sound"

"Images in Sound"

African-American History

African-American History

Like our first Governor, some folks didn't want any African-Americans in the state, either slaves or freemen. But the Governor moved away, while the African-Americans stayed and helped contribute to the state's founding, surviving prejudice and hardship by banding together to create a lasting community. Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.