Volume 1, Issue 2 Spring 2009 Along the Sacramento H i s t o r y , H a p p e n i n g s & H e a r s a y THE WASHOE TRAGEDY CALENDAR OF EVENTS All activities are held at the Sacramento History Museum, unless otherwise stated. MARCH 2009 3/14 - Living History Class Learn about Sacramento and the On the night of September 5, 1864, Chief What today resembles a large iron sculpture Gold Rush in a one-hour class. Free Engineer of the Washoe Thomas Anderson is in actuality a fragment of the ship’s boiler with museum admission; 1pm. 3/17 - 13th Annual Old Sacra- was gently carried ashore at Sacramento’s that exploded through the hull of the ship. mento St. Patrick’s Day Parade embarcadero, choked out his last words, The fragment was discovered after the ship Featuring Irish dancers and costumed “Rotten iron—in the boilers” and died. Engi- was raised. The boiler piece will be promi- marchers, school bands, floats, mili- neer Anderson was voicing his anger at the nently placed for visitors to see first hand the tary regiments, police and fire repre- sentatives and other cultural organiza- faulty ironwork that he believed to be the impact and graphic results of the explosion. tions. Free to the public; 6pm on cause of the explosion and sinking of the The artifact measures over six feet in height Second St., Old Sacramento. Washoe on the Sacramento River. The ship’s and five feet in width and dramatically illus- 3/28 - Women’s History Day captain and owner (Captain Kidd) had the trates the tragedy of riverboat competition Celebration Washoe custom built with four oversize boil- and commerce on the Sacramento in the Travel back in time and visit the women from the 19th century. Learn ers to better challenge the California Steam- 1850s and 1860s. about the lives of every day women ship Navigation Company’s monopoly on the from 1840-1900. Meet local authors Sacramento River. The cause of the Washoe and get your book signed. Free to the explosion has never been definitely deter- public; 11am-4:30pm. mined. Faulty iron-making techniques, the APRIL 2009 excessive length and weight of the boilers, or 4/11 - Easter Bonnet Promenade a combination of these factors may have Put on your Sunday best and join the sparked the explosion. ladies and gentlemen of the past in a leisurely Easter stroll. Ladies, wear Of the 176 passengers and 29 crew members your fine bonnets, and gentlemen, don't forget your hats. Free to the believed to have been on board, at least 54 public; starts at 12pm. persons died from injuries, 19 were seriously 4/25 - Life as a Child injured and 23 received only minor injuries. Spend the day playing with 19th cen- An estimated 67 individuals for whom there tury toys and learning old games. Free with museum admission; is no accounting may have been killed and 10am-4:30pm. their bodies never recovered. Or they may have merely walked away. These casualty MAY 2009 figures establish the Washoe explosion as one 5/9 - Living History Class of the most tragic accidents in the history of Experience Old Sacramento’s rede- Sacramento River navigation. velopment in a one-hour class. Free with museum admission; 1pm. 5/23 - Perform a Play! The story of the Washoe is a featured story Calling all aspiring actors and in the museum’s new renovation project. Image courtesy of the Sacramento Archives & Museum Collection Center actresses; join us as we perform a live The Antelope: The ship that came to the rescue of passen- play. Free to the public; 12pm. gers the day the Washoe exploded. There are no surviving images of the Washoe. If you prefer to receive this newsletter by email, please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Page 2 Along the Sacramento Message from the Chairman Riverboat Casino Night: Catherine Taylor Old Sacramento Tournament of Chance District Superintendent In July 2008, the museum embarked on a new journey as it split from the As we reported to you in Discovery Museum and became a our last newsletter, many division of the Historic Old Sacra- changes have occurred over the past year. mento Foundation. With this transi- The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation tion came opportunities for new ex- (HOSF) is hard at work and proceeding on a hibits, educational programs and very positive path. Just this past Fall, our special events to highlight our rich Board of Directors and Staff participated in a heritage here in the Capital City. To joint strategic planning session to outline a further these goals, the Sacramento number of initiatives to take the organization History Museum and Historic Old forward. While we identified many initia- Sacramento Foundation are proud to tives to deal with things such as the physical present their new fundraiser, River- plant, administration, and other very impor- Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Archives & Museum Collection Center boat Casino Night: Old Sacramento tant building blocks of a strong organization, Tournament of Chance, aboard the Delta King auction while listening to live music. Experi- I believe chief among the initiatives is en- Riverboat on Friday, June 5, 2009 from 6:00- ence a true riverboat gambling saloon with hancing our public programs. This initiative 9:00 p.m. entertainment by the Old Sacramento Living is designed to help us expand visitation to History Program. The proceeds from this Old Sacramento, to promote revenue gener- The event will feature 1850’s style gambling fundraiser will support the general operations ating opportunities and, of course, to build including Chuck-a-Luck, Three-Card Monte, at the Sacramento History Museum. support among the general public for preser- Shut the Box and much more. Try your hand vation and conservation of our cultural re- at a game of poker or test your luck at the Tickets will be on sale soon by phone or the sources. Roulette wheel. If you’re feeling extra lucky museum front desk. For more event informa- you can participate in the Tournament of tion or to become a sponsor, please contact Most recently, we have reviewed plans for Champions. As guests stroll about the boat Lindsey Myers, Special Events Coordinator, the remodel project in the Sacramento His- they can enjoy food, beverages and a silent at (916) 264-7059 or tory Museum (SHM). This is an exciting email@example.com. upgrade which will transform the Museum, and create a strong narrative theme for the Museum focused on Sacramento history. The Museum Store OLD SACRAMENTO This remodel project is made possible through support from the City of Sacra- is Moving! HISTORY CAMP mento, and our ongoing partnership with the Sacramento Archives and Museum Collec- As part of the Sacramento History Museum’s History Camp is from July 13th – July 31st and tion Center (SAMCC). Not to be over- first floor renovation, the Museum Store will will specialize in California history from looked though is programming throughout be moving to a prominent location just to the 1848-1860. Campers visit Old Sacramento Old Sacramento. We have in place an Edu- right of the main entrance. Along with new Museums and local historic sites as well as cation and Interpretation Committee of the fixtures and a new location, the Museum participate in hands-on activities like gold Board to look at and evaluate the effective- Store and the Admissions Desk will sport a panning, performing a play, building a time ness of existing programming, and to work new Point of Sale system, purchased with a capsule, traveling in a horse drawn wagon, on a business plan for additional programs generous grant from the EDS Foundation. and solving mysteries in our history. Registra- including themed walking tours, under- tion begins April 1st, 2009; $175 per week ground tours, and street performances. A new product mix is currently being and $140 per week for members. Contact planned, including the works of Sacramento ( 9 1 6 ) 8 0 8 - 4 9 8 0 o r Another change we have recently made is to artists, new historical books, historically rele- firstname.lastname@example.org. our staff leadership in order to more fully vant toys and gifts, and all new custom mer- integrate the operation of SAMCC with that chandise available only at the Sacramento DAY CAMP SESSIONS: of the HOSF/SHM. In that regard, Marcia History Museum. Check out our new Mu- July 13-17 (Beginning) Gold Fever Eymann, the manager of SAMCC, has also seum Store at our Grand Opening celebration July 20-24 (Intermediate) History Live assumed the Executive Director/Museum this summer! July 27-31 (Advanced) Dig It Director role for HOSF/SHM. *Extended care (7:30am-9am, 4pm-5:30pm) available Continued on page 3, MESSAGE for an additional fee Historic Old Sacramento Foundation/Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St., Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 264-7059, F (916) 264-5100 Volume 1, Issue 2 Page 3 Changing the Face of History Visit during the renovation & experience history taking shape! We invite museum guests to visit and watch the work in progress at the museum which will remain open during reinstalla- tion. Come and see the exciting transition and witness Sacramento’s history taking new shape. Visitors will hear new stories RENOVATION TIMELINE that will forever change the perception of this former gold rush town. JANUARY-MARCH - Internal staff research Upon entering the museum, guests will 4/17 - De-install oversize artifacts on experience dramatic changes to the space. first floor The first floor area will be expanded to 5/1 - De-install 1968: It Happened Here Artist’s rendition of renovation create a great hall in which exhibitions with and Capital Brew three dimensional artifacts will be dis- 5/15 - Re-install 1968 in CA Gallery played. A montage of graphic presenta- tions will cover the mezzanine level dis- JUNE - FABRICATION playing the faces, places and events that 7/1 - Fabrication complete made Sacramento what it is today. We 7/16 - Grand Opening anticipate that visitors will walk away with the idea that Sacramento was more than a gold rush boomtown, and that its story is more complex than miners seeking their fortunes in gold. Back wall sketch Keeping in Touch with the Past MESSAGE, continued from page 2 We are very excited about the opportunity to work closely with Marcia and to benefit from her extensive museum management experience. We are also very Since 1995 the Old Sacramento Living monthly meeting at the Living History pleased to see the role of SAMCC and HOSF/SHM History Program has striven to educate Center located in Old Sacramento. For become more integrated and supportive for the while entertaining the public on the more information or for a membership benefit of both entities. For many of us, the recon- streets of Old Sacramento. Events and application please contact Janessa West, nection of SAMCC to the Museum is a long-time activities take place each month and vary Public Programs Manager at (916) 808- coming. We believe it will pay dividends by giving from full-fledged encampments to his- 4980 or email@example.com . SAMCC an important public venue for Sacramento’s torical programs, promenades, classes rich collection of artifacts, and it will benefit Old and costume workshops. Members of the Sacramento and the Museum by ensuring that both living history program adopt characters have a strong link to collections and museum prac- from Sacramento’s history and portray tices for exhibition and educational purposes. A those characters at historical events. In good match indeed. order to join the Old Sacramento Living History Program, new members are re- Our Board will be strongly behind Marcia and the quired to attend a series of training staff to help as needed. But, we will count on your classes. Classes vary from techniques for support, and that of your friends and neighbors, to researching characters, to specific classes help us rebuild and expand programming in Old on material culture, gold rush medicine, Sacramento and the Sacramento History Museum. music, gambling, and vernacular. Thank you for your continuing support of our ef- The living history program holds a Professor Flatbroke B. Dodge, Living History Day forts! If you prefer to receive this newsletter by email, please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org Sacramento History Museum 101 I St. Sacramento, CA 95814 Spring Docent Training Program Have you ever considered becoming a docent for the Sacramento Upon successful completion of the training courses, active do- History Museum? Well, it is time to stop thinking and start sign- cents are expected to commit to 6 hours a month, or seventy-two ing up! Beginning in April 2009, the Sacramento History Mu- hours a year. Perks for active docents include a complimentary seum will host its first docent training program since 2007. Coin- family membership, an invitation to a docent and volunteer rec- ciding with the new museum renovation project, docent training ognition party, and special behind-the-scenes tours at neighbor- will consist of both evening and weekend classes. The classes will ing museums and historic sites. Current docents are invited to span a variety of topics which will pertain to Sacramento’s history, take part in the new training program as a refresher course. For the museum renovation, how to be an effective interpreter, and additional details or to schedule an initial interview, please con- the history of the museum. Museum docents lead school pro- tact Janessa West, Public Programs Manager at (916) 808-4980 grams year round and are an invaluable resource for or email@example.com . the museum.
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