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Sacramento Museums Celebrate Summer With Special Evening Events & Activities in June!

Sacramento Museums Celebrate Summer With Special Evening Events & Activities in June!

Imagine. Explore. Discover.  In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science, and wildlife treasures all year long.  In June, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are showcasing special evening events, a few of which include the following:

Thursday Night at the Museums at the Railroad Museum & History Museum -- through August 28

History Museum Offers Free Admission to Military Personnel and Their Families This Summer!

History Museum Offers Free Admission to Military Personnel and Their Families This Summer!

The Sacramento History Museum is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. 

“We are proud to participate in the growing and nationally recognized Blue Star Museums program this summer that helps to enrich the lives of our valued service members and their families,” said Historic Old Sacramento Foundation Deputy Director Kristina Swanson. “We are happy to provide an opportunity to help these dedicated families further connect with the community and enjoy our national treasures.  It is our way of giving back to those who sacrifice so much.”

Railroad Museum Gets in the Jazzy Spirit During Sacramento Music Festival!

Railroad Museum Gets in the Jazzy Spirit During Sacramento Music Festival!

Coinciding with the 41st Annual Sacramento Music Festival happening over Memorial Day weekend in Old Sacramento, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will celebrate the holiday by offering jazz music inside the Railroad Museum and aboard popular weekend excursion train rides.  In addition, festival badge holders will receive complimentary admission to the Railroad Museum given it is an official musical venue for the special event.

Inside the Museum, visitors will be treated to entertaining jazz musicians in the Roundhouse throughout the holiday weekend.  And, guests who choose to take a lovely six-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion train ride along the levees of the Sacramento River will also be entertained on board by talented banjo performers from the Sacramento Banjo Band.

Sutter's Fort "Hands on History" Event this Saturday!

Sutter's Fort "Hands on History" Event this Saturday!
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present a special “Hands on History: Sutter’s Fort in 1846 - A Community of Many Faces” event on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sacramento Music Festival FREE "Kickoff Soiree" at the Starlite Lounge Thursday, 5/22!

Sacramento Music Festival FREE "Kickoff Soiree" at the Starlite Lounge Thursday, 5/22!

Great news -- a special Sacramento Music Festival "Kickoff Soiree" is set for Thursday evening, May 22 at Midtown's new Starlite Lounge located at P streets (1517 21st Street, Sacramento, California 95811).

The 2014 Sacramento Music Festival and Jubilee runs Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26.A FREE after-work event, the party will start at 5:30 pm and run til 10 pm. Live music will be shack-shaking county blues from Oakland's HowellDevine rompin' bebop swing with The Afterlife from Sacramento.

Sexy shack-shackin’ music—that's Howell Devine, the massively talented NorCal trio, who became the first blues band the legendary Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records (Fred McDowell, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton) signed in 27 years.

Benefit for My Sister's House emergency shelter features dad and daughter duo

Benefit for My Sister's House emergency shelter features dad and daughter duo

VIDEO OF KOICHI AND ELLIE REHEARSING

When minister’s assistant Koichi Mizushima and his 9-year-old daughter Ellie take the stage at the Crest Theatre, their duet will be a song of love and a message of hope for women and children in crisis.

Mizushima, former owner of Kamon Restaurant, is with the ministerial staff at the Sacramento Buddhist Church. He and his daughter are among the featured performers at a gala for My Sister’s House, “Change...A New Beginning,” on Monday, May 19, at the historic downtown Sacramento theater.

Railroad Museum Calls Out for Volunteers

Railroad Museum Calls Out for Volunteers

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, May 31, 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 June 13, 2014.  After an evaluation and interview process, volunteer training will begin on June 23, 2014.