Wednesday, September 30, 2015

How to crawl on Saturday

Sacramento Archives Crawl is coming this Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and here's how you can take part:

1) Check out your transportation and parking options.  We have the same free bus shuttle between locations as last year.

2) Start at any host location:

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

3) Pick up the Archives Crawl passport at your first location.

4) View great collections on the theme of "Powered by the Past," sign up for behind-the-scenes tours, ask for expert advice, and enjoy connecting with fellow archives fans.

5) If you're a K-12 student (or the parent of one), check out the details on our History Scavenger Hunt

6) Collect stamps in your passport from at least three of the host locations and receive a set of commemorative coasters.  Visit Sacramento Public Library to enter to win our grant prize basket full of archives goodies (no purchase necessary and you need not be present to win).

7) Mark your calendar for the next Sacramento Archives Crawl on October 1, 2015.  Next year's very topical theme: "A Thirst for History."

Friday, September 25, 2015

K-12 scavenger hunt for iPad Mini 3s

This year’s Archives Crawl will feature a “History Scavenger Hunt,” where K-12 students answer questions about the documents and artifacts on display at the four crawl locations. Those correctly answering ten of the clues are then eligible to enter a drawing for a chance to win two iPad Mini 3s, one for a K-5 student and another for a 6-12 student. The scavenger hunt is sponsored by Yellow Cab of Sacramento.  Entries must be submitted by 4 p.m. at the Center for Sacramento History; full contest rules and instructions will be available in the official Archives Crawl passport.  Be sure to pick one up when you start your crawl!


Thank you to our sponsors!

The 2015 Sacramento Archives Crawl is made possible through the generous support of the sponsors listed below.  This support went toward printing passports and coasters, securing bus transport between locations, and providing goodies for our prize drawing basket.  Thank you!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What you'll find at each location

At the four host locations listed below, crawlers will be able to view archival collections on display and take behind-the-scenes tours. In addition, representatives from other archives and special collections libraries will be at the host locations to discuss their archival collections – historic photographs, rare books, historic artifacts – and answer questions about how to connect with local history resources and care for historical records and artifacts.

California State Archives (1020 O Street)
California State University, Sacramento SAA Student Chapter
Caltrans Transportation Library & History Center
El Dorado County Historical Museum
Lavender Library, Archive, and Cultural Exchange
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Gold Rush Research Library
Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society Library
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
Society of California Archivists

California State Library (900 N Street)
California State Parks Archives
California State Parks, Photographic Archives
Placer County Museums Archives & Research Center
University of California, Davis

Center for Sacramento History (551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd)
Congregation B’nai Israel Archives
Sacramento City College Archives
Sacramento River Delta Historical Society
Yolo County Archives

Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Room (828 I Street)
California State Railroad Museum Library
California State University, Sacramento
Welga! Filipino American Labor Archives
Cox Black & White Lab, Inc.

A sampling of the items on special display for the event this year include photographs and printed material from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 (California State Archives); photographs of Folsom Powerhouse (California State Library); a photographic exhibit on the history of electrical power generation in Sacramento (Center for Sacramento History); and photographs, newsletters, yearbooks, artifacts from the former Mather and McClellan Air Force Bases (Sacramento Public Library).

Free transportation between host locations will be provided. Look for details and schedules in an upcoming post.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

New coasters celebrating Power!

I am delighted to present a preview of our 2015 Archives Crawl prizes!  Visit at least three out of the four host locations on October 3 and you will receive a set of these limited edition coasters.  The coasters feature historical images from the collections of the California State Archives, California State Library and Sacramento Public Library. Although we ordered many more this year, they're available while supplies last.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Powered by the Past bookmark

Our new colorful (and very collectible) bookmarks have arrived, and they are coming soon to participating archives! 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Powered by the Past

Planning has already begun on the 2015 Archives Crawl, our fifth annual event!  The 2015 theme is "Powered by the Past" and we're looking to make this year even bigger and better for crawlers.  Do you have any suggestions for us (participating archives, transportation, passports, prizes, etc.)?  Leave your thoughts in the comments and we'll bring it up at our next meeting.

The 2015 Sacramento Archives Crawl committee pauses for a semi-candid shot.