Center for Sacramento History opens vault to public for free Archives Crawl Oct. 1

The Center for Sacramento History will open its collections vault to the public for the first time since 2019 as part of the 12th Annual Sacramento Archives Crawl.

This free event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 features four locations, including the Center for Sacramento History at 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd.

This year’s theme, titled “Acquired Tastes: Food and Agriculture in Regional Collections,” highlights archival collections and artifacts related to food, drinks, restaurants, and agriculture in the Sacramento region.

“We are excited to open our doors for a public event for the first time since 2019,” said Senior Archivist Kim Hayden at the Center for Sacramento History. “We invite the public to come visit and view our artifacts and archives and go on a special behind-the-scenes tour to explore Sacramento’s rich food and agricultural history.”

The center’s display will include Sacramento restaurant menus and photographs, plus a set table and other artifacts from the historic Black-owned Oak Park restaurant Dunlap’s Dining Room.

The Sacramento Archives Crawl will feature historic treasures from 21 Northern California institutions at four host locations in Sacramento: Center for Sacramento History (551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd), Sacramento Public Library (828 I Street), California State Library (914 Capitol Mall) and California State Archives (1020 O Street).

Attendees will be given an Archives Crawl passport; get it stamped at three of four host sites and receive a set of commemorative coasters featuring photos related to the food and agriculture theme. Attendees can also participate in a scavenger hunt to win gift certificates to local restaurants.

Free bus transportation among host locations will be provided; free parking is available only at the Center for Sacramento History.

The event 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 Archives Month website.

The Center for Sacramento History is open to the public for in-person research by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. and 1 to 4 p.m. Learn more at the Center’s website.

For more information about the 12th Annual Sacramento Archives Crawl, please visit

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