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Due to Drought Conditions, Traditional Gold Rush Days Activities Cancelled for 2014

Due to Drought Conditions, Traditional Gold Rush Days Activities Cancelled for 2014

Due to California’s drought conditions and the enormous amounts of water needed to put on the annual heritage event, the traditional Gold Rush Days activities in Old Sacramento have been cancelled for 2014.  The decision was made by Steve Hammond, President & CEO of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with the City of Sacramento and other stakeholders of the event.

Each year, nearly 200 tons of dirt (or decomposed granite) is used to help transform Old Sacramento into a scene out of the 1850s.  In addition to the visual transformation, the dirt also allows for a safe foundation for the horses, wagons and for various skits and performances to take place in the streets. However, it takes up to 3,000 gallons of water per day to keep the dirt dampened and dust down during the event – plus up to 100,000 gallons of water to clean up the dirt at the conclusion of the event.   

Innovative Broadway art project enters beta phase

Innovative Broadway art project enters beta phase

Broadway Augmented, an art project that explores augmented reality, is now in the final testing phase. Public artworks have been created for the sophisticated, high-tech undertaking – but only in the virtual world.

The project is a partnership of Sacramento State, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC), the Greater Broadway Partnership District and the Urban Land Institute... Read More

Make It a Festival Night in Sacramento

Make It a Festival Night in Sacramento

We're halfway through summer, which means it's festival time! Here are a few ways you can get your grub on at some of Sacramento's upcoming festivals.

161st Annual California State Fair, Cal Expo, July 11-27
As always, there will be hundreds of food vendors on hand at the historic fair at Cal Expo -- spaghetti ice cream, chocolate covered bacon, or fried anything -- but I especially can't wait to pick up some fresh produce from the Friends of the State Fair Farmers Market to help me stay on my healthy track! For details.

Center for Sacramento History Presents Speaker Series -- Mining California: An Ecological History

Center for Sacramento History Presents Speaker Series -- Mining California: An Ecological History

The Center for Sacramento History is proud to present a special Speaker Series event -- Mining California: An Ecological History on Wednesday evening, July 16.

The community is invited to attend this thought-provoking presentation by historian and Temple University Professor Andrew C. Isenberg, who will address the systematic exploitation of the Golden State’s natural resources. The rapid industrialization of logging, ranching, farming, mining and urbanization burdened the state’s primitive environment. Isenberg will cover how California’s environment was never submissive and how nature proved to be capricious and maddening to those engaged in turning it into wealth.  At the conclusion of his presentation, Isenberg will answer questions and sign copies of his book, Mining California: An Ecological History (available for purchase that evening).

Railroad Museum Presents "History Happy Hour" on 7/24!

Railroad Museum Presents "History Happy Hour" on 7/24!

Let history make you happy!  As part of the “Thursday Night at the Museums” extended summer hours program, the California State Railroad Museum is offering a special “History Happy Hour” on Thursday evening, July 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Interested Museum guests will enjoy wine, beer, bottled water and light snacks in a pub-like setting while participating in a history-related trivia game that will include fun prizes for the winners.  Participants will also have the opportunity to tour the Railroad Museum, which is widely regarded as North America’s most popular rail museum.  “History Happy Hour” is a special activity being offered as part of the “Thursday Night at the Museums” program presented by the California State Railroad Museum and the Sacramento History Museum (both museums be open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays until Labor Day weekend this summer*). Don’t miss the rail-related History Happy Hour later this month!

Old City Cemetery Tour - "Spiritualism and Suffrage"

Old City Cemetery Tour - "Spiritualism and Suffrage"

 Join our Old City Cemetery Tour on Saturday, July 12 @ 10:00 am.

Sure, spiritualists spoke with the dead at séances, but they were also early proponents of equal rights for women and people of color. Find out who was a fake medium, who ran for congress, and who hooked up with Aleister Crowley!

 The cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. Free parking is available in the lot at 10th & Broadway, across the street from the 10th Street entrance. Tours are free; however, donations are appreciated and benefit cemetery preservation. For more information, call 916-448-0811 or 916-264-7839.

Old Sacramento Walking Tours on Weekends Thru 8/24!

Old Sacramento Walking Tours on Weekends Thru 8/24!

Due to popular demand, the weekend Sacramento City: California’s Gold Rush Legacy Old Sacramento walking tours have been extended through August 24. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the history-rich buildings in Old Sacramento that hold clues to California’s fascinating Gold Rush past during these fun and intriguing walking tours.  First-time guests and even longtime residents will gain a fresh perspective about the original and reconstructed buildings while learning more about the city’s unique history.  In addition to the popular underground tours underway, there is one Sacramento City: California’s Gold Rush Legacy Tour walking tour available each day on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.  All walking tour guests check-in at the Sacramento History Museum to start the engaging journey into Old Sacramento’s past!