In celebration of National Archives Month, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region will showcase their rarely-seen holdings during the 6th annual Sacramento Archives Crawl. Free and open to the public, the theme for the event this year is “A Thirst for History.” Showcasing historic treasures from 25 Northern California institutions, numerous 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.
This year’s Archives Crawl includes two free screenings of The Sacramento Picture, a documentary film which showcases historic images of the city between 1910-1974. Filmmaker Matías Bombal will introduce his featured work at the California State Archive. The Archives Crawl will again also 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 one of two Chromebooks.
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 “A Thirst for History” theme with photographs of Sacramentans enjoying their favorite drinks. Free transportation between host locations will be provided via transit buses; free parking is available at the Center for Sacramento History.
Note: 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, Stonebridge Properties, and Yellow Cab of Sacramento. In-kind support was provided by Ancestry.com and Lagunitas Brewing Company.