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Rarely-Seen Historic Treasures on Display for “Sacramento Archives Crawl” on 10/3!
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Rarely-Seen Historic Treasures on Display for “Sacramento Archives Crawl” on 10/3!

In celebration of National Archives Month, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region will showcase their rarely-seen holdings during the 5th annual Sacramento Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free and open to the public, the theme for the event this year is Powered by the Past.  Showcasing historic treasures from 23 Northern California institutions, special artifacts will be on public display for one-day-only at four host locations, including the California State Archives, the California State Library, the Center for Sacramento History, and the Sacramento Public Library.

The Archives Crawl will feature a “History Scavenger Hunt,” where K-12 students answer questions about the documents and artifacts on display at the four crawl locations.  Those correctly answering ten of the clues are then eligible to enter a drawing for a chance to win two iPad minis, one for a K-5 student and another for a 6-12 student.  Entries must be submitted by 4 p.m. at the Center for Sacramento History; the winners will be randomly drawn at the close of the contest and notified by Tuesday, October 6, 2015.  The odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries. Full contest rules are available in the official Archives Crawl passport.

As part of the Archives Crawl, participants can visit four host locations, all located within downtown Sacramento. At the four locations, the public can view archival collections on display and take behind-the-scenes tours.  A sampling of the items on special display for the event this year include photographs and printed material from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 (California State Archives); photographs of Folsom Powerhouse (California State Library); a photographic exhibit on the history of electrical power generation in Sacramento (Center for Sacramento History); and photographs, newsletters, yearbooks, artifacts from the former Mather and McClellan Air Force Bases (Sacramento Public Library).  In addition, representatives from other archives and special collections libraries will be at the host locations to discuss their archival collections – historic photographs, rare books, historic artifacts – and answer questions about how to connect with local history resources and care for historical records and artifacts.  

The following is a list of the host locations and the repositories that will be tabling at each.  Participants may start at any of the four locations:

California State Archives (1020 O Street)
California State University, Sacramento SAA Student Chapter
Caltrans Transportation Library & History Center
El Dorado County Historical Museum
Lavender Library, Archive, and Cultural Exchange
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Gold Rush Research Library
Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society Library
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
Society of California Archivists

California State Library (900 N Street)
California State Parks Archives
California State Parks, Photographic Archives
Placer County Museums Archives & Research Center
University of California, Davis

Center for Sacramento History (551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd)
Congregation B’nai Israel Archives
Sacramento City College Archives
Sacramento River Delta Historical Society
Yolo County Archives

Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Room (828 I Street)
California State Railroad Museum Library
California State University, Sacramento
Welga! Filipino American Labor Archives

Free Archives Crawl passports will be given to guests as they visit the first host institution of their choice.  The passport provides a map of the event and information about the participating institutions.  Event attendees who get their passport stamped at three of the four host sites will be given a set of limited-edition commemorative coasters. The coasters celebrate the Powered by the Past theme with photographs and graphics of California power production and use.  Free transportation between host locations will be provided via transit buses.

This event was made possible by financial support from the California State Library Foundation, the Gordon-Goldstein Foundation, the Sacramento History Alliance, the Sacramento Public Library, the Sierra Health Foundation, and Yellow Cab of Sacramento.

For more information about the 5th annual Sacramento Archives Crawl, please visit www.sacarchivescrawl.blogspot.com.  The Sacramento Archives Crawl is part of Archives Month, a nationwide celebration held each October to raise awareness of the value of archives and to recognize the archivists who bring the past to the present.  For information about other events in California, visit www.calarchivesmonth.org.

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