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Schedule Tours

Thursday, April 12

1 pm–3 pm Sutter's Fort
1:30pm-4pm Sacramento Archives Crawl

Friday, April 13

10 am–12:30 pm Leland Stanford Mansion and State Capitol Guided Walking Tour  
1 pm–3:30 pm Spirits of Sacramento Walking Ghost Tour
12 pm–2:30 pm Old Sacramento Walking Tour
12pm-2:30pm Sacramento History Museum and the California State Railroad Museum

Saturday, April 14

9 am–1 pm Walking Tour of Oak Park: Investment, Disinvestment, Reinvestment, and Black History
10 am-2:30 pm Walking Tour of the Town of Locke

Descriptions

Sutter’s Fort
 

COST $20 | Limited to 20 people
Sutter's Fort

In 1839 a Swiss immigrant named John Sutter received a land grant in the Sacramento Valley from the Mexican government. He used the land to create an agricultural empire and named it New Helvetia (New Switzerland.) This empire established Sacramento’s earliest settlement and the first non-Indian settlement in California’s Central Valley. California scholar, Dr. Albert L. Hurtado, author of “John Sutter: A life on the North American Frontier” and “Indian Survival on the California Frontier” will give a lecture titled “John Sutter and the Indian Business." Presented on site at Sutter’s Fort, Dr. Hurtado presents an alternate point of view on the life and legend of John Sutter.

The tour begins at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park 1.3 miles from the Convention Center. At 12:15 pm a guide will walk attendees to the Fort who choose not to find their own transportation.

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Sacramento Archives Crawl

COST $ 27 | Limited to 30 people

City of Sacramento has the unique distinction of serving as the center for government for the City and County of Sacramento and as the state Capital. This tour will include behind-the-scenes access to three archives of state and local records: the California State Library, the California State Archives, and the Center for Sacramento History. California State Library’s California History Section holds thousands of rare books, maps, newspapers, and periodicals in addition to a huge collection of one-of-a-kind photographs, letters, paintings, posters, pamphlets, and sheet music. State Archives is the repository for the state's permanent governmental records as well as other materials documenting California history. Center for Sacramento History is the repository and research center for the City and County historic collections.

Bus transportation will be provided.

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Leland Stanford Mansion and State Capitol Guided Walking Tour

COST $10 | Limited to 30

The Stanford Mansion is a Victorian house and gardens. Built by a gold rush merchant in 1856, it became the home of railroad tycoon and Governor Leland Stanford and also served as the office of two other Civil War-era governors. California’s State Capitol was completed in 1874, and since then it has been an enduring and must-see Sacramento attraction. It is a living museum, dedicated to sharing California’s past and at the same time working to build California’s future. A guided tour will lead participants to both sites from the nearby Convention Center.

The walking tour begins at the Convention Center. A guide will take all attendees to the two locations. Please come with comfortable shoes and water.

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Spirits of Sacramento Walking Ghost Tour

COST $15 | Limited to 20 people

Developed by California State University Sacramento Public History students over two semesters and as part of coursework, the Spirits of Sacramento is a day-time walking ghost tour of downtown Sacramento, approximately 1.8 miles in length and 90 minutes in duration. Participants will learn the history of Sacramento through stories of spirits and spiritualism. The tour begins at the location of the old Pioneer Hall on K Street, where Spiritualists met in the 19th century. Stops along the route include Sacramento landmarks such as the Stanford Mansion, Crocker Art Museum, and State Library. Join us to learn about ghosts in the archives, séances, and the evolution of hauntings in Sacramento. Guides are current and former CSUS public history students.

Tour begins and ends: 1011 7th Street, Sacramento, 0.6 miles (12 minute walk) from the Convention Center. Please come with comfortable shoes and water.

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Old Sacramento Walking Tour

COST $30 | Limited to 20 people

This tour will cover the crucial periods of Sacramento’s founding with stops at sites above and below ground.  Old Sacramento was the point of disembarkation for miners heading to the diggings and the site of the city’s original founding.  Part of the tour will cover Sacramento’s past as a gold rush boomtown, re-exploring some of the town's old sites.  The tour will also venture below ground to explain how city residents raised their streets and buildings to evade flooding. 

Bus transportation will be provided to and from Old Sacramento. Please come with comfortable shoes and water.

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Sacramento History Museum and the California State Railroad Museum

COST $ 25 | Limited to 40 people

This tour will visit the Sacramento History Museum and State Railroad Museum, adjacent to one another near the riverfront in Old Sacramento. Galleries and exhibits at the Sacramento History Museum explore the history of the area’s first inhabitants, the pioneers who settled here during the Gold Rush, life on the farm, and more. The Museum also features interactive exhibits that bring to life the people and events of Sacramento and its unique place in the history of California and the nation. The Railroad Museum is one of Sacramento’s largest and most popular visitor destinations. Throughout the main Railroad History Museum building, twenty-one meticulously restored locomotives and cars and numerous exhibits illustrate how railroads have shaped people’s lives, the economy, and the unique culture of California and the West.

Bus transportation will be provided to and from Old Sacramento. Please come with comfortable shoes and water.

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Walking Tour of Oak Park: Investment, Disinvestment, Reinvestment, and Black History

COST $ 25 | Limited to 30 people

Oak Park was Sacramento’s first streetcar suburb and an important place in African American history in Sacramento. By the 1960s Oak Park became the home of Sacramento's black businesses and organizations, including Sacramento chapters of national groups such as the NAACP, CORE, SNCC, and the Black Panthers. Oak Park has struggled with increased poverty but also provided opportunities for Black activism and political leadership. Today, northern Oak Park is experiencing reinvestment and gentrification. The tour will see and discuss the urban landscape indicators of all this history and visit Underground Books, which specializes in materials by and about African Americans and sponsors the annual Sacramento Black Book Fair. The route is short (only about a mile) but packed with good stories and opportunities to connect local history to larger geographies and histories.

Bus transportation will be provided to and from Oak Park. Please come with comfortable shoes and water.

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Walking Tour of the Town of Locke

COST $35 | Limited to 35

About 45 minutes away from the Convention Center in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River is the historic town of Locke. In 1915, after a fire broke out in the Chinese section of nearby Walnut Grove, a committee of Chinese merchants contracted with a white landowner to build an entire town of their own. The town was laid out by Chinese architects and its businesses catered to the farm-working residents of the region. At its peak 600 residents, and as many as 1500 people occupied the town of Locke. On August 2, 1970, Locke was added to the registry of national historical places because of its unique status as the only town in the United States built exclusively by the Chinese for the Chinese.

Bus transportation will be provided to and from Locke. A docent lead tour will take place from 11 am to 12:30 pm with time to explore the town from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

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