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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Drought forces cancellation of Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento

Drought forces cancellation of Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento

Old Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days, traditionally hosted over the Labor Day weekend, has been canceled because of the drought, city tourism officials announced Monday.


Members of the 2nd California Cavalry Company F Sacramento Rangers ride in Old Sacramento on Friday, August 30, 2013 during Gold Rush Days.

Quiz: Do you know your Sacramento history?

Quiz: Do you know your Sacramento history?

Nearly 175 years ago, on Aug. 12, 1839, John Augustus Sutter arrived to establish his "New Helvetia" colony -- present-day Sacramento. Test your knowledge and discover the history of California's capital. The Tower Bridge and Old Sacramento are in...

California man who co-authored Manson book dies

Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.

Criminal history on Pennsylvania Capitol portraits

Criminal history on Pennsylvania Capitol portraits

The portraits of three former Pennsylvania House speakers and one former top state senator hanging in the Capitol's marble corridors each have new information to tell visitors: their criminal histories. The plaque hanging in the Pennsylvania Capit...

Celebrate 45 years since man’s first steps on moon

Celebrate 45 years since man’s first steps on moon

Now's the time to get moonstruck. FILE - In this July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin carries scientific experiments to a deployment site south of the lunar module Eagle during the Apollo 11 mission. One experiment involv...

Museum to be built where slaves set foot in US

Museum to be built where slaves set foot in US

Organizers say a $75 million International African American Museum will be built beside the Charleston harbor where tens of thousands of slaves first set foot in the United States. Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., center, announces that a $75 million In...

James MacGregor Burns, historian, dies at 95

James MacGregor Burns, historian, dies at 95

James MacGregor Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and political scientist who analyzed the nature of presidential leadership and wrote candid biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday at 95. FILE - In this Aug....

Sacramento history speaker examines California’s environmental past

Andrew C. Isenberg, a Temple University professor and the author of “Mining California: An Ecological History,” will delve into the history of logging, ranching, farming and mining in the Golden State as part of the Center for Sacramento History’s speakers series.

What’s a caliphate? News puts focus on ancient form of government

What’s a caliphate? News puts focus on ancient form of government

When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced Sunday that it was changing its name and reviving the caliphate, the news lit up the Internet and headlined news reports around the world. Jan. 14, 2014: this image which has been verified and is...

100 years later, remembering the crucible called World War I

The shot that changed the world rang out on a sunny summer's morning in Southeastern Europe. No one knew then that the assassin's bullet would spell the death not just of an Austrian aristocrat but the entire global order, with four empires and million...

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