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2009 Past Exhibits

Red Menace! The Sacramento Conspiracy Trial of 1935

Exhibition: Part I; Part II; Part III
Location: CSH Reading Room
Exhibition Dates: December 7, 2009 – September 30, 2010
Reception: December 4, 2009
Announcement: Invitation (pdf); Press Release (pdf)

Red Menace! #08In 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression, seventeen farm labor organizers appeared in a Sacramento courtroom accused of Criminal Syndicalism – the attempt to overthrow the government by violent means.  Red Menace! The Sacramento Conspiracy Trial of 1935 depicts the proceedings through Sacramento Bee images, original police arrest photographs, courtroom documents, and Communist literature. The trial captivated Americans from Sacramento to Washington D.C. as it exposed a perceived threat to the American way of life. 

This exhibition was presented by the Center for Sacramento History; curated by Rebecca Crowther.


City of Man, City of God: The Catholic Church and the Shaping of Sacramento

Exhibition: Part I; Part II; Part III
Location: Center for Sacramento History
Exhibition Dates: June 12, 2009 – November 30, 2009
Reception: June 12, 2009
Announcement: Invitation (pdf) , Press Release (pdf)

Capitol and Cathedral #19The exhibition depicted the role that people of faith played in shaping Sacramento’s urban agenda, from the 1850s to today. The Catholic Church, present in Sacramento from the city’s beginnings, has had an important influence on Sacramento’s culture and development. Yet the character of Catholic life has also been shaped by the city’s diverse social, cultural, and political makeup. Inspired by Dr. Steven M. Avella’s new book, Sacramento and the Catholic Church: Shaping a Capital City, the exhibition documents the interplay between the city and a community of faith in the creation of Sacramento’s urban agenda.

This exhibition was presented by the Center for Sacramento History; curated by Dylan McDonald.


Robert Takeo Matsui: A Visionary Advocate for Sacramento

Location: Robert T. Matsui Gallery at City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento (H Street lobby)
Exhibition Dates: April 14, 2009 – February 26, 2010
Reception: April 14, 2009

“From living in an internment camp at six months of age to becoming a senior member of the United States House of Representatives, Bob Matsui's life demonstrated both the promise of America and the responsibility to fight for the powerless in America.”

President Bill Clinton, 2005

Born and raised in Sacramento, Matsui attended McClatchy High School and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, and the Hastings College of Law before opening his own Sacramento law practice in 1967. He was elected to the Sacramento City Council and served for seven years including a term as vice mayor. Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1978, Representative Robert T. Matsui served the Sacramento region and the nation for over twenty-six years. This exhibit chronicles the life and legacy of a visionary leader who advocated tirelessly for the citizens of Sacramento and the nation.

Dedication of the Robert T. Matsui Gallery at City Hall and the opening of the exhibit took place on April 14, 2009. This exhibition was presented by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and the Center for Sacramento History; curated by Lisa C. Prince.