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Railroad Museum enhances guest experience with reopening of Central Pacific Passenger Station

Railroad Museum enhances guest experience with reopening of Central Pacific Passenger Station

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are pleased to announce the public reopening of the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station located on Front Street in Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Reconstructed 40 years ago as a re-creation of the original building as it appeared in 1876, the historic passenger station has been closed to the public for approximately 10 years. During that time, however, the Passenger Station has remained in active use as a housing area for the Museum’s rolling stock, overnight storage for locomotives and railroad equipment and periodically as the site for special events and educational programs. Effective immediately, an admission ticket to the California State Railroad Museum grants access to both the Museum and the Passenger Station and vice versa (tickets can be purchased at either location).

Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with Sol Collective & the Sacramento History Museum

Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos with Sol Collective & the Sacramento History Museum

Sol Collective and the Sacramento History Museum have teamed up to present a series of the 5th Annual “Souls of the City” Dia De Los Muertos events and activities that take place in October and culminate on November 5, 2016. The annual tradition -- a national holiday in Mexico – is showcased by friends and families building elaborate altars to honor loved ones who have died then gathering in remembrance and celebration.

Cult of the Stradivarius

Cult of the Stradivarius

Mention the word “Stradivarius” to any string player and watch as their eyes light up. Behind the wry smile, is the thought — the dream — of owning one of the most coveted and illustrious string instruments known to man.

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Rarely-seen historic treasures on public display for 6th Annual “Sacramento Archives Crawl”

Rarely-seen historic treasures on public display for 6th Annual “Sacramento Archives Crawl”

In celebration of National Archives Month, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region will showcase their rarely-seen holdings during the 6th annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free and open to the public, the theme for the event this year is A Thirst for History.  Showcasing historic treasures from 25 Northern California institutions, numerous special artifacts will be on public display for one-day-only at four host locations, including the California State Archives, the California State Library, the Center for Sacramento History, and the Sacramento Public Library.

History Museum presents "History Exposed" on 9/30!

History Museum presents "History Exposed" on 9/30!

See Old Sacramento in a new way – or maybe an old way with a curious twist – at the Sacramento History Museum’s special event, “History Exposed,” a celebration of 19th century photography on Friday evening, September 30 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. 

As a highlight, Cosumnes College Photography Instructor Kathryn Mayo will be a special guest to speak about how she uses 19th century image-making techniques to create portraits that are compelling, beguiling and even a bit unsettling. Mayo will explore the history of Gold Rush image making and showcase her work, including portraits she made of Old Sacramento Underground tour guides (who were transformed into the unsavory characters that guides describe on the Underground After Hours adult-themed tour). After the presentation, guests can enjoy food and music, explore the Museum, see Mayo’s latest portraits and view a collection on special display.

School days

School days

More than the three R’s (Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic), early Sacramento teachers had to be resourceful as they taught the children of the pioneers. Join us to hear of the hardships and personal stories of these dedicated educators. Free; donations welcome. Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway.