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.