Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Your Speakers for Archives Crawl 2019

As in years past, we are welcoming local subject experts to speak on various aspects of our theme. This year, three local historians will speak to Sacramento activism in both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Their presentations - lasting roughly 40 minutes each - will be held in the Sacramento Public Library's Tsakopoulos Galleria, located at 828 "I" Street. Here's the lineup and the times:

11:30 a.m. - "
A Failure of Preservation: The Settler’s Uprising" by Andrew McCleod

What happens when the struggle is not preserved? Early Sacramento was a hotbed of activism, including everything from direct action in the streets, to the Settlers' bloc in the assembly, to the rise of the Vigilantes. Our city’s land struggle would continue through the 1860s, with innovative organizing that evolved to address persistent ownership controversies. Although some recall the “Squatters’ Riot” we mostly forget the larger context of that uprising, and a deep silence obscures its terrifying aftermath.

1:00 p.m. - "The Criminal Syndicalism Trial of 1935" by William Burg
The 1935 "Criminal Syndicalism" trial was an attempt to prosecute members of the Cannery and Agricultural Workers Union (CAWIU) for their involvement with the Communist Party. But what was "criminal syndicalism"? The Sacramento District Attorney's case against eighteen CAWIU members was based on a 1919 law passed in response to the Industrial Workers of the World, an anarcho-syndicalist union whose actions included strikes, riots, sabotage, marches, and, allegedly, bombing of the Governor's Mansion. Historian William Burg will tell the story of the longest criminal trial in California history, and the decades of struggle between labor and capital that preceded it.

2:30 p.m. - "VietSac: Protest and the Vietnam War in California's Capital City" by James Scott Sacramento’s capital status made it a hub of activism during the Vietnam War, a conflict that claimed the lives of nearly 200 Sacramento County servicemen. Stop the Draft Week, Students for a Democratic Society and frequent protests at Sacramento State College highlighted an era of dissent quite unlike any other in the Capital City’s history.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Behold, the Unveiling of our Limited Edition Coasters!

Please take in this official unveiling of 2019's Sacramento Archives Crawl coasters!  For crawlers who visit at least three of the four host locations (Center for Sacramento History, California State Archives, California State Library and Sacramento Public Library), these limited edition coasters are theirs. They capture Sacramentans making their voices heard through time - all celebrating this year's theme, Preserving the Struggle: Archives and Activism. Save the date! October 26, 10 am to 4 pm.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Stand Up and Be Heard in 2019!

We are happy to announce the theme of the 2019 Sacramento Archives Crawl. This year we will be acknowledging the Sacramento region's proud heritage of protest with Preserving the Struggle: Archives and Activism. The topic offers a fascinating prism through which to view the democratic values and institutions of the Capital Area community, bounded by early events like the Squatters Riots to much more contemporary ones like the Stop the Draft Week activities of October and December 1967. If there's an event or cause that you'd love for us to represent though the archival record at one of our four host institutions, let us know!
In 1963, Congress of Racial Equality members protest within the Capitol to support the Rumford Fair Housing Act which outlawed “racial discrimination in housing accommodations.” Gov. Pat Brown (far right) and his grandchildren, Kathleen and Joey, engage protestors who used signage and singing to make their point. Of the protestors, Brown told his grandchildren, “It is perfectly all right for them...we all have our own ways of achieving our objectives.” Special Collections of the Sacramento Public Library.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

How to Crawl

This year's Sacramento Archives Crawl is all about "Going Places," and here are the details you'll need to get around on the day:

When and Where 

The Sacramento Archives Crawl will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, at the following locations:

California State Archives (1020 O Street)
California State Library (900 N Street)
Center for Sacramento History (551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd.)
Central Library (828 I Street)

Crawlers can begin at any location and visit locations in any order.


Driving: Free parking is available at the Center for Sacramento History (551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd.). The California State Library (900 N Street) is within easy walking distance of the California State Archives. Convenient street and garage parking is available at many locations downtown for a fee.

Walking: The California State Archives (1020 O Street) and California State Library (900 N Street) are within easy walking distance of one another. The Central Library (828 I Street) is 1/2 mile from the State Archives and State Library.

Bike: All locations now offer bike racks within a block - these are limited in availability. Bus: Crawlers can also choose to travel aboard a bus that conveniently departs every 15 minutes from each location. Click on the image below to view the bus stop locations and schedule.

Bus: Crawlers can also choose to travel aboard a bus that conveniently departs every 15 minutes from each location. Click on the image below to view the bus stop locations and schedule.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Great prizes for all ages

There are many prizes to be won at this Saturday's Archives Crawl.

Scavenger Hunt
Once again, we will be offering an Archives Crawl scavenger hunt for all ages.  Crawlers who correctly answer 10 out of 12 questions posted across the four host locations will be entered to win one of the prizes pictured below - an Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet for Children K-5 and Children 6-12 and a WD 4TB Personal Cloud Storage external hard drive for the Adults.  Winners will be notified the week following the Crawl.

Scavenger hunt prizes

Drawings at Central Library
Crawlers who visit Sacramento Public Library (828 I Street) on Saturday can enter a variety of free drawings for prizes listed below.  Winners need not be present to win.

Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com and Fold3 annual subscriptions
Sacramento Republic FC swag and tickets package
Balloons above the Valley package (flight for two, champagne flutes, champagne and sparkling cider)
Powerhouse Science Center tickets
California State Railroad Museum membership
Lagunitas Sip and Spill package (three mixed cases of beer, t-shirt, mason jars and more)

Sacramento Republic FC prize package

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The 2018 Sacramento Archives Crawl passports are ready for viewing.  They will be available at every host location and give all of the details you'll need to take part, including a map, shuttle schedule, and scavenger hunt info.  Be sure to grab one at the first location you visit!


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Speaker series at Sacramento Public Library

For those planning to visit Central Library (828 I Street) during Archives Crawl on October 6, the library will be hosting several speakers who will present on a range of transportation topics.  The talks will take place in the Library Galleria and no registration is required.

11:30 a.m. - "Southern and Central Pacific’s Sacramento Railyards" by Mary Helmich
Helmich’s discussion will center on the CP and SP shops and their contribution to the 19th and 20th century explosion of rail in the west.

1:00 p.m. - "Amanda Preuss: Sacramento’s Pioneering Auto Adventurer" by Amanda DeWilde Sacramentan Amanda Preuss was an auto pioneer who in 1916 set the speed record (for man or woman) for traveling solo across the United States by car. DeWilde will discuss Sacramento’s early auto culture, Preuss’ Sacramento roots and her record-breaking journey.

2:30 p.m. - "From Jackrabbits to Jennies: A brief history of early aviation in Sacramento, 1905-1930" by James Scott
The Sacramento Valley’s mild climate was tailor made for flight and, from 1905 to 1930, the Capital City quickly reaped the benefits of the entertainment, transport and defense industries that aviation created. Scott will provide an overview of this era with a particular focus on military aviation.