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Five Local Museums to Offer Free Admission During “Museum Day Live" - 9/27!

Five Local Museums to Offer Free Admission During “Museum Day Live" - 9/27!

Five Sacramento area museums are joining the Smithsonian magazine “Museum Day Live!” nationwide effort by offering free admission to ticket holders all day on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Participating local museums include the following:   California Automobile Museum, California State Railroad Museum, Maidu Museum & Historic Site, State Indian Museum and The California Museum.  The mission of the annual effort is to provide an opportunity for consumers throughout the United States to enjoy and share in our dynamic heritage and cultural life for free.

Discover Our Diversity This Labor Day Weekend

Discover Our Diversity This Labor Day Weekend

It’s no secret we live in one of the most culturally diverse cities in America, and this Labor Day weekend features many events celebrating our colorful Sacramento community! Below are a few noteworthy happenings that you should check out during your extra long weekend.


Time Travel this Weekend:
Americana in Old Sacramento

Old Sacramento; Thurs-Sun Various Times
In lieu of the annual Gold Rush Days (due to drought concerns), this festival celebrates American history with live music, vintage vehicles, museum fun, and so much more. Plus, there’s a beer garden, so how are you going to say no to that?

Mexican-American Music and Fun:

Railroad Museum Calls Out for Volunteers With Special Drop-In Open House on 9/6!

Railroad Museum Calls Out for Volunteers With Special Drop-In Open House on 9/6!

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? Enjoy working with visitors, children and school groups? California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are now recruiting adults (18 or older) who are interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and the California Gold Rush.  For those interested but want to find out more information, a special, drop-in Volunteer Open House is scheduled for Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Stanford Gallery located at 111 I Street in Old Sacramento State Historic Park.  Volunteer applications are being accepted now through September 19, 2014.  After an evaluation and interview process, volunteer training will begin on September 27, 2014.

Sutter's Fort to Commemorate 175 Years on August 16!

Sutter's Fort to Commemorate 175 Years on August 16!

On Saturday, August 16, 2014, California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History” event commemorating John Sutter’s arrival to the Sacramento region 175 years ago that led to the building of Sutter’s Fort, the discovery of gold and the founding of the City of Sacramento.  As background, John Sutter landed on the bank of the American River in August of 1839 and went on to found the New Helvetia area on which Sutter’s Fort was later constructed.

Railroad Museum Celebrates 10 Years of Small Wonders Exhibit and Names August as Toy Train Month

Railroad Museum Celebrates 10 Years of Small Wonders Exhibit and Names August as Toy Train Month

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to recognize August 2014 as Toy Train Month in celebration of 10 years of the popular Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains exhibit that first debuted in 2004.  With various toy train related activities happening throughout the month, special gallery tours and lectures will be available on Saturday, August 23, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.