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Gateway To History


Tower Bridge Dedication 

Tower Bridge dedication, December 15, 1935. Sacramento Bee Collection, 1983/001/11,768

The mission of the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) is to promote the study and appreciation of the Sacramento region’s specific historic events. CSH has substantial archival holdings available for research and limited display. The collection contains public/private documents, photographs, maps, and ephemera and three dimensional artifact collections.

CSH provides educators and students resources to enhance curriculum-based instruction, individual/group projects, and as supplement to classroom activities. History should be enthralling. Student researchers could examine their city and region to understand, and appreciate why people did certain things, how they arrived in the area, events that changed them, and how the human condition impacted the development of the capital region. The Gateway to History series highlights high use historical topics and provides a list of resources available for classroom use and activities.

Students have the potential to positively improve their academic accomplishments, particularly in history and language arts, by expanding their analytical and critical thinking skills as they study the social, political, geographic, economic, and cultural history of the Sacramento region.

Educators are offered the opportunity to employ primary and secondary resources to engage students in unique and creative ways. CSH staff can assist educators in the design of customized supplementary activities to maximize student’s knowledge and retention of local history, and contribute to academic excellence. By illustration, CSH staff members are available for:

  • Connecting archival resources with instruction.
  • Constructing learning strategies.
  • Participating in creation of inquiry worksheets.
  • Providing information for conducting research, debates, projects, and exhibits.
  • Presentations at school sites, arranging orientations and resources during student field trips to the center.
  • Reproducing photographs, maps, videos, documents to be available as part of collaborative efforts with schools.

Schools and individual educators interested in partnerships with the Center or who have specific questions should call (916) 808-7072 for an appointment. Educators and students may also call the same number to schedule research appointments during the following times to utilize the Center’s materials:

Day Hours
Wednesday 4:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Thursday 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Friday 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Gateway to History Series

  1. California Capitols
  2. Interstate 5 Freeway
  3. The Railroad
  4. The Japanese American Saga

The Gateway to History series is a collaborative project between CSH staff and Dr. Shel Weissman, a Professor of Education Emeritus at California State University, Sacramento.