Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Archives and Activism - the 2019 Archives Crawl Makes a Meaningful Impact for Rocklin Student

You may recall that the theme of last year's Archives Crawl was "Preserving the Struggle: Archives and Activism." Aptly enough, it was through 2019 iteration of the event - and as reported in the Sacramento Bee - that Rocklin student Diego Liebman learned about the acrid racism and exploitation experienced by Chinese workers at the hands of by none other than the namesake of his current high school, Joel Parker Whitney High School. Liebman didn't just learn about Whitney's dark past, he decided to do something about it. 

It was Whitney, a white landowner and one of the wealthiest men in Placer County, who maintained a massive 18,000 acre farming complex that was built, cultivated and maintained through the exploitation of hundreds of Chinese laborers. To right the narrative, Liebman seeks to change school district curriculum to include the contribution of the Chinese and see a school building named after an impactful Chinese American. He will propose his ideas as a Rocklin School Board meeting on August 5, which you can watch live at 6:30 pm by clicking here.

And it all started with the 2019 Sacramento Archives Crawl.

Don't miss your chance to change history as we head toward this year's Archives Crawl, to be held virtually all throughout October of 2020. 

Joel Parker Whitney


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Sacramento Archives Crawl: Celebrating 10 Years! (and more)

This year, the Sacramento Archives Crawl turns 10! Social distancing protocols mean we can’t have our usual in-person Crawl, so instead we’ll be having a monthlong virtual celebration in October for National Archives Month.

Expect to see videos and photos right here throughout October from archives and special collections libraries from around the Sacramento region. We’ll be highlighting pieces from our collections, taking you on virtual tours of our storage vaults, sharing exhibits, and hosting Facebook Live sessions. Stay tuned!


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Crawl this Way!

This year's Sacramento Archives Crawl is about "Preserving the Struggle" in the realm of activism. Here are some ways to avoid struggle associated with transportation during the Archives Crawl :

When and Where 

The Sacramento Archives Crawl will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 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. Look below for stop locations, including the first and last pickup times, between which, the bus will be by every 15 minutes.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Your Passport to the Sacramento Archivosphere!

Take a look at the 2019 Sacramento Archives Crawl passports!  Be sure to grab one at the first location you visit. Inside, you'll find all the details you'll need to take part, including a map, shuttle schedule, speakers schedule and scavenger hunt info. Collect all the stamps!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Crawl to Win - Prizes at the 2019 Archives Crawl

Scavenger Hunt

Back again is the always popular scavenger hunt. Crawlers who complete the hunt (answering all required questions) will be entered to win a pretty sweet prize. We'll have two Chromebook 3 laptop computers - one for Children, K-5, and one for Children, 6-12. Adults will be eligible to win a glorious 2 person hot-air balloon trip and winetasting session by way of our amazing friends at Yolo Ballooning Adventures and Turkovich Family Wines. Winners will be notified the week following the Crawl.

Central Library Drawings

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

-Swag and tickets package from your soon-to-be MLS home team, Sacramento Republic FC
-Powerhouse Science Center tickets (3 annual family passes)
-California State Railroad Museum Engineer-level annual membership
-Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op $50 gift card
-Lagunitas 'Sip and Spill' Package: 1 case of Lagunitas' signature IPA, 1 bottle opener, 2 pint glasses, 1 stone coaster, 1 t-shirt, 4 posters and a handful of magnets. Must be 21 to enter and win (IDs will be checked at pickup).
-A CASE(!) of local wine from Rio Viento Winery. Must be 21 to enter and win (IDs will be checked at pickup).

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 McLeod
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.