Sac History Happenings

Sac History Happenings California and Sacramento have a rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and historical societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

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Books: ‘The Bohemians’ looks Mark Twain’s literary development in California

Books: ‘The Bohemians’ looks Mark Twain’s literary development in California

Author Ben Tarnoff links Twain’s greatness to his hobnobbing with the likes of Bret Harte and Ina Coolbrith.


Poet Ina Coolbrith was part of the circle of writing talent.

“The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature” by Ben Tarnoff.

An American Cartoonist: History degrees and academic struggle, 1978-1999

An American Cartoonist: History degrees and academic struggle, 1978-1999

I noted with interest the other day the awarding of a second Pulitzer Prize for History to former UC Davis Professor Alan Taylor, now at the University of Virginia. It’s hard to win a Pulitzer. I was a finalist once, and I can assure you that winning one in editorial cartooning is a far...

Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound. In this Feb. 11, 2014 photo, visitors walk through a hall filled with yellow bulbs symbolizi...

Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

It was one of the dark hours in U.S. history. Two hundred years ago this summer, British soldiers overwhelmed American battalions, took the nation’s capital and burned the White House.


An engraving of "The Taking of the City of Washington... by the British Forces Under Major General Ross on August...

Obituary: Sacramento photographer Tom Myers, 88, captured vivid images of the West

Obituary: Sacramento photographer Tom Myers, 88, captured vivid images of the West

Tom Myers, a Sacramento photographer whose vivid images of animals, places and people in California and the West have appeared in national magazines, books and on greeting cards, died April 7 of cancer, his family said. He was 88. Tom Myers

Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

Big guns brought out to mark 1814 ‘Burning of Washington’

It was one of the dark hours in U.S. history. Two hundred years ago this summer, British soldiers overwhelmed American battalions, took the nation’s capital and burned the White House.


An engraving of "The Taking of the City of Washington... by the British Forces Under Major General Ross on August...

First Lady to address graduating high schoolers in Topeka, Kan., on 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

First Lady to address graduating high schoolers in Topeka, Kan., on 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver a commencement address this year at an assembly of public high schools in Topeka, Kansas, to mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education, the White House announc...

Foresthill Bridge renovation celebrated

Foresthill Bridge renovation celebrated

The Foresthill Bridge has received a face-lift, including a fresh coat of green paint, 220,000 bolts and more than 2.3 million pounds of new steel, part of a seismic retrofit that began in 2011.


The Foresthill Bridge, post-renovation, looks like a million bucks – actually $74 million, which is what...

Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah. File - In this Jan. 26, 2014 file photo, sp...

102 years after Titanic sank, Davis resident writing about mother and grandparents’ survival

102 years after Titanic sank, Davis resident writing about mother and grandparents’ survival

Joan Pope Randall is piecing together letters and mementos of Anton, Louise and 4-year-old Louise Kink, Swiss emigrants believed by some Titanic scholars to be the only surviving family among third-class passengers who went down with the ship on April 15, 1912.


Joan Randall at her home in Davis. Her...