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Inside the Vault Textile Tours

Fabulous Footwear Tours & Vintage Fashion Fair
April 24-27, 2014

Fabulous FootwearEnjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Center for Sacramento History’s storage vault featuring displays of FABULOUS FOOTWEAR. See dozens of shoes and boots worn by Sacramentans from the 1860s through the 1980s including early gold miner’s boots, Victorian high-top boots, Charleston dance shoes, bombshell stilettos, 60s go-go boots and more!

On Friday and Saturday, you can shop for your own fabulous shoes, clothing and accessories at our first VINTAGE FASHION FAIR. It will feature top dealers offering a wide variety of women’s and men’s vintage and retro clothing in an outdoor market setting. Friday’s evening event is a special Early Buyer’s Party featuring the market fair, tours, and much more!

Tour & Event Schedule

Thursday, April 24 & Sunday, April 27
Fabulous Footwear Tours

  • One-Hour Guided Tours at 11:00am,1:00pm, and 3:00pm
  • Tickets: $15.00 in advance on-line; $17.00 at the door

Friday, April 25
Early Buyers Party & Fabulous Footwear Tours

  • Admission to Vintage Fashion Fair – Open 7:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Self-Guided Footwear Tours – From 7:00pm to 10:30pm
  • Prizes for both men and women for Best Shoes and Best Vintage Outfit
  • DJ and Music
  • Food Truck, Beer and Wine Sales
  • Tickets: $20.00 in advance on-line; $22.00 at the door

Saturday, April 26
Vintage Fashion Fair & Fabulous Footwear Tours

  • Admission to Vintage Fashion Fair – Open 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • One-Hour Guided Footwear Tours at 11:00pm,12:00pm,1:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm
  • Tickets: $18.00 in advance on-line; $20.00 at the door

More Info

Fabulous Footwear BabyAll events take place at the Center for Sacramento History, 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd., Sacramento, 95811. The Center has free and plentiful parking.

Admission to both the fashion fair and the guided tours is included in the ticket price for Friday and Saturday. These cannot be purchased separately.

The guided tours on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are limited to 20 persons per tour. Tickets are limited so purchase them early. These tours last approximately one-hour and require walking and standing on cement floors. Limited seating will be available. Friday evening’s tours are self-guided and can be done at your own pace.

Textile Tours Brochure (pdf)
Press Release (pdf)

About the Program

The Center for Sacramento History holds thousands of items in our textile collection. These range from the elaborate gowns of high profile individuals like Mrs. Leland Stanford, to items made and worn by Sacramento’s diverse residents, documenting life and fashion in Sacramento throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Fabulous Footwear ChuckThe Textile Tour program offers a unique opportunity for our community to see and experience Sacramento’s heritage in a whole new way - Inside the Vault. Tours allow visitors the unique experience of entering the Center’s storage vault where the collections are stored. The expedition into the vault highlights themed samples of the textile collection for an in-depth and personal look. The Center offers these special themed tours once a year, usually in April or May. This is a rare opportunity to experience large portions of the collection.

The proceeds from this program go directly to help preserve the textile collection for future generations. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity.

Adopt-an-Artifact Program

As part of the Textile Tours Program, the Center has an Adopt-an-Artifact Program. Donors will be able to support the conservation of our "orphan" artifacts, those that are in particular need of preventative or restorative care. Donors will be updated as the conservation work takes place. They will also be identified on exhibition labels whenever the adopted item(s) are displayed. For further information on the program, please visit here.