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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.

Wonder Lab

Wonder Lab
Wonder Lab
08-03-2014 - 08-03-2014
Crocker Art Museum
 
Admission: Members Free Nonmembers included with general admission Museum admission: General $10 Seniors (65+) & College Students $8 Youth (Age 7-17) $5 Children (Age 0-6) & Members Free
 
(916) 808-7000
 
Start Time(s): Sun 11am-2pm
This creative gathering, open to all, is designed to spark playful experimentation! 
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Family Friday: The Snowy Day

Family Friday: The Snowy Day
Family Friday: The Snowy Day
08-01-2014 - 08-01-2014
Crocker Art Museum
https://crockerartmuseum.org/learn-do/event/5992-family-friday
Admission: Included in admission price Admission: Adults $10 Seniors (Age 65 and older) $8 College Students $8 Youth (Age 7-17) $5 Members & Children (Age 6 and under) Free
 
(916) 808-1182
 
Start Time(s): Fri 11-12:30pm
This summer, Family Friday celebrates the art of children's books! 
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Due to Drought Conditions, Traditional Gold Rush Days Activities Cancelled for 2014

Due to Drought Conditions, Traditional Gold Rush Days Activities Cancelled for 2014

Due to California’s drought conditions and the enormous amounts of water needed to put on the annual heritage event, the traditional Gold Rush Days activities in Old Sacramento have been cancelled for 2014.  The decision was made by Steve Hammond, President & CEO of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with the City of Sacramento and other stakeholders of the event.

Each year, nearly 200 tons of dirt (or decomposed granite) is used to help transform Old Sacramento into a scene out of the 1850s.  In addition to the visual transformation, the dirt also allows for a safe foundation for the horses, wagons and for various skits and performances to take place in the streets. However, it takes up to 3,000 gallons of water per day to keep the dirt dampened and dust down during the event – plus up to 100,000 gallons of water to clean up the dirt at the conclusion of the event.