Hella (fun) history

Photo courtesy the Center for Sacramento History.

There’s not much fun better than historic fun. In the case of this year’s Sacramento Archives Crawl—happening Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—this means both having fun looking at history, and looking at historical fun being had. That’s because “Having Fun in the Sacramento Region” is this year’s theme for the free event, which takes place in four different locations: the California State Archives (1020 O Street), the California State Library (900 N Street), the Center for Sacramento History (551 Sequoia Pacific Boulevard) and the Sacramento Room of the Central Branch of the Sacramento Public Library (828 I Street).

Here’s how it works: First, grab a passport, which has a map, a bus schedule (buses leave every 15 minutes to and from each of the four locations), photos and a directory of participating archives. Each of the locations boasts multiple sets of archived materials on display. For example, the California State Archives will have stuff from the California State Parks Photographic Archives, the Sacramento City College archives and more; the California State Library will have archives from the Placer County Museums Archives and Research Center and UC Davis; the Center for Sacramento History will have items from the Sacramento River Delta Historical Society and the Congregation B’nai Israel archives; and the Sacramento Public Library will show California State Railroad Museum Library and Roseville Historical Society archives.

Sure, it’s all a little bit geeky and geared towards history nerds. But people who get their passport stamped at at least three of the locations get a set of awesome coasters with different historical photographs on them (while supplies last). Who knows? This might even stir up a spirited debate about the difference between things that are historic and things that are vintage! Head to www.sacarchivescrawl.blogspot.com for more information.

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