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History Museum presents "History Exposed" on 9/30!

History Museum presents "History Exposed" on 9/30!

See Old Sacramento in a new way – or maybe an old way with a curious twist – at the Sacramento History Museum’s special event, “History Exposed,” a celebration of 19th century photography on Friday evening, September 30 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. 

As a highlight, Cosumnes College Photography Instructor Kathryn Mayo will be a special guest to speak about how she uses 19th century image-making techniques to create portraits that are compelling, beguiling and even a bit unsettling. Mayo will explore the history of Gold Rush image making and showcase her work, including portraits she made of Old Sacramento Underground tour guides (who were transformed into the unsavory characters that guides describe on the Underground After Hours adult-themed tour). After the presentation, guests can enjoy food and music, explore the Museum, see Mayo’s latest portraits and view a collection on special display.

School days

School days

More than the three R’s (Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic), early Sacramento teachers had to be resourceful as they taught the children of the pioneers. Join us to hear of the hardships and personal stories of these dedicated educators. Free; donations welcome. Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway.

Make a stop in midtown for 2nd Saturday Art Walk!

Make a stop in midtown for 2nd Saturday Art Walk!

A center for culture, creativity and vibrancy, Midtown Sacramento is an exciting 2nd Saturday Art Walk destination where local art galleries and other participating businesses collaborate to host a popular evening open house each month. Midtown guests will enjoy viewing art exhibits, participating in hands-on activities, sharing aspirations on a “wish wall,” meeting local artists, sampling food and wine, listening to live music and more.

On Saturday, September 10, a sampling of the Midtown offerings include the following:

Winemaker's dinner Aug. 27 - tickets for sale!

Winemaker's dinner Aug. 27 - tickets for sale!

#Elk Grove, CA -- McConnell Estates Winery, 10686 W. Stockton Boulevard, 95757, hosts the "Winemaker's Dinner" on Saturday, August 27, kicking off with a stroll through the luscious garden at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers prepared by Chef Chris Jackson paired with McConnell wines!

Individual tickets and Reserved Table Sponsorships are available through the Sacramento Farm Bureau Foundation for Agricultural Education. This "Winemaker's Dinner" celebrates the bounty of Sacramento farmers, ranchers and the Wackman "Family" Ranch wines while raising funds for agricultural scholarships and education.

Mural festival coming to Sacramento

Mural festival coming to Sacramento

The Sacramento Mural Fest (SMF) is a week-long event featuring artists from Sacramento and around the world.  From August 20 – 28, 2016 more than a dozen murals will be painted throughout the city to activate areas in Downtown and Midtown Sacramento. Tours, lectures, and conversations about public art, design and murals will take place throughout the week. 
 

SMF is presented by Friends of the Arts Commission (Friends), a non-profit organization established in 1977 to support the work of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Proceeds from the festival will benefit arts education.

Sacramento history for kids!

Sacramento history for kids!

Who says history has to be boring? Come hear tales of floods, fires, revolts, and even a story that almost ended in death by duck! The kicker is that all of these stories are true and taken from the residents of the Old City Cemetery. Come see why truth is stranger than fiction. This tour is designed for kids in FOURTH GRADE and up. Free; donations welcome! Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Sacramento Old City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway. Parking is available on surface streets. (916) 448-0811 for info.

Sutter’s Fort blacksmith shop to undergo much-needed restoration

Sutter’s Fort blacksmith shop to undergo much-needed restoration

California State Parks and the Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to announce the popular Blacksmith Shop at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will soon undergo a much-needed restoration effort made possible due to a generous donation by the Sacramento Pioneer Association. Led by California State Parks, the restoration of the crowd-favorite exhibit room will begin by early August and is expected to be completed this fall.

Once the restoration is finished, guests will enjoy an enhanced experience and gain a greater appreciation about the important role of the blacksmith early in California’s history. Having a skilled blacksmith at the Fort was a real point of pride for John Sutter. In fact, blacksmith skills were in great demand to help transform dark metals into original tools and hardware to be used as shoes for horses, lance heads for soldiers, tires for wagons as well as for making door handles, hinges, latches, and much more.