Friday, September 30, 2022

A Few More Things Before "Go Time"

With the 2022 Sacramento Archives Crawl a day away, we thought it important to go over the basics:

The Who, What, Where: The four biggest archival repositories in the city of Sacramento - Sacramento Public Library, Center for Sacramento History, State Library, and State Archives - will be hosting cultural heritage organizations from all over the Capital Region, all of whom will be showing off their best and brightest archival wares relating to food and agriculture. What's more, the always informative and entraining writer, Maryellen Burns, will be presenting Sacramento Food History A to Z at Central Library at 1:00 pm while the amazing California Revealed team will be showing - throughout the day - a montage of film relating to the ag and food prowess of California.

The When: The crawl runs from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday October 1, but you can start anytime you want and stop anytime you want. It typically takes folks 90-minutes to 2-hours to visit all four sites and take in the magic. Shuttles will be running every 15 to 20 minutes to get you and yours from spot to spot.

Registration: None required.

The Price: Free.

The Other Stuff: You can win prizes just by showing up. You will get a set of our coveted SAC coasters just by visiting 3 locations. You also can win either a $100 gift certificate to Chicago Fire Pizza if you're a non-adult or a $100 gift card to Corti Brothers if you're an adult merely by completing our scavenger hunt, the form for which can be acquired at any crawl venue. And, there's also the drawing. Make sure to get a ticket and place it in the prize box that grabs you the most: hand crafted ice cream, artisanal beer (not for those under 21!), historic grocers, a free tour of a foundry, swag bags to the Railroad Museum and Marshall Gold Discovery Park, and on and on. 

The Must: Have fun and shower yourself in the power of the primary source!  

Railroad Stations in El Dorado County: A History

When the Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad finally extended the line east from Folsom, they went to the communities of Latrobe, Shingle Springs, El Dorado and Diamond Springs, and then ended the line in Placerville.  These stations served both passengers and freight for many years.  These historical photographs are from the El Dorado County Historical Museum’s collection.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Extraordinary Contributions of World War II Nurse, Frances Barrett

From the El Dorado County Historical Museum, experience this powerful online exhibit addressing the World War II experience of El Dorado County native Frances Barrett:

Frances Barrett grew up in Camino, a small community east of Placerville, and earned her nursing degree in the late 1930s.  Within a few days of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Frances joined the United States Nurses Corps, serving in the China-Burma Theater.  She was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross for her service as a Flight Nurse.  These artifacts and historical photographs are from the El Dorado County Historical Museum’s collections

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Back to School in El Dorado County!

Check out this charming virtual display from the El Dorado County Historical Museum on the process of returning to school. 

The first California Constitution required communities with at least six school-age children to hire a teacher, build a school building, and elect a school board.  Within just a few years of the discovery of gold, El Dorado County had many one-room schoolhouses. These artifacts and historical photographs are from the El Dorado County Historical Museum’s collections.