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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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...

UC Davis professor repeats history with Pulitzer

UC Davis professor repeats history with Pulitzer

The first time historian Alan Taylor won a Pulitzer Prize, he had just returned to his office at the University of California, Davis from a tennis match when the telephone started ringing with congratulations and interview requests.


This undated image released by W. W. Norton & Company shows Alan Taylor,...

State backs off plans for trains through South Land Park

State backs off plans for trains through South Land Park

State parks officials say they are backing off controversial plans to run tourist trains through South Land Park and on down to Hood, but say they remain very interested in extending the existing Old Sacramento excursion train to the Sacramento Zoo.

100 years of Picnic Day: Everything that mooves you

100 years of Picnic Day: Everything that mooves you

This year marks 100 years of Picnic Days at UC Davis: That’s a lot of udder-pulling, parade floats floated, experiments showcased and off-campus beer and burgers consumed.


Engineering student Thon Fou Saeyang explains an electronic engineering exhibit to visitors Calahan McColley, his cousin Maya Ginney and his sister Rylee McColley...

Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

A half-century after the passage of sweeping civil rights legislation, President Barack Obama declared that he had “lived out the promise” envisioned by Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who championed the push for greater racial equality.


President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the LBJ Presidential Library, Thursday, April...