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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Sacramento couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary

Sacramento couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary

He was 23 and on leave from the war; she was 19. John and Treva Hurt got married on Aug. 19, 1944 – and today, they’re among a tiny percentage of Americans to reach their 70th wedding anniversary.


John Hurt, 93, and his wife Treva, 89, pose for a portrait...

Living drama at Columbia State Historic Park

Living drama at Columbia State Historic Park

Was the Gold Country burg of Columbia a lawless town in the 1850s? A re-enactment of an infamous shooting yields telling clues.


Actor Tim Broughton, playing Marshal Carder, appears in “court” during the “History's Mysteries” re-enactment at Columbia State Historic Park in Columbia recently. Actors re-create a well-known historic crime,...

Viewpoints: Why not a major museum in railyard?

Viewpoints: Why not a major museum in railyard?

A West Coast branch of Smithsonian Institution would be much better than a soccer stadium. Jim Guida

Eroni Kumana dies at 93; rescued JFK and his PT-109 crew

On a moonless night in summer 1943, a Japanese destroyer tore through a U.S. Navy patrol-torpedo boat guarding the waters around the Solomon Islands. The boat was PT-109, skippered by a young lieutenant from Massachusetts named John F. Kennedy.

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...

San Francisco saying goodbye to Candlestick Park

San Francisco saying goodbye to Candlestick Park

San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park — the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs.


Fans wait to enter the Paul McCartney 'Out There Tour' performs at Candlestick Park for the historic stadium's final concert Thursday August 14, 2014...

Obituary: Harry Sweet, 93, was Sacramento’s first TV news photographer

Obituary: Harry Sweet, 93, was Sacramento’s first TV news photographer

Harry Sweet, a pioneering Northern California television news photographer with great foresight who kept all his footage and went on to donate more than a quarter-century of Sacramento history on film to local archives, died Thursday with pneumonia, hi...

175th anniversary of Sutter’s landing to be celebrated at fort

175th anniversary of Sutter’s landing to be celebrated at fort

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park will come alive to celebrate the arrival of Sacramento’s founding father, John Sutter, on the banks of the Sacramento River in 1839.


A bell hangs over the grounds of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, which will mark the 175th anniversary of John Sutter’s arrival.

‘Americana’ to take spotlight during Labor Day festivities in Old Sacramento

‘Americana’ to take spotlight during Labor Day festivities in Old Sacramento

Gold Rush Days has been canceled this year due to the drought, but “Americana” will be celebrated in Old Sacramento in a four-day lineup of activities and entertainment over the Labor Day weekend.


Company F, 2nd Calvary, locally known as the Sacramento Rangers during the 1800's, walk thoer horses on...

Four who helped save priceless art during WWII

Four who helped save priceless art during WWII

The men and women who were part of the Monuments Men during World War II were already established in their careers as art curators, museum administrators, conservationists and painters when they joined up. Laurence Sickman was the Oriental art cur...

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