Speakers Series

The Center hosts a Speakers Series to highlight recent scholarship on the Sacramento region, to showcase the collections at the Center, and to reach out to audiences not normally served by the Center. Past speaker events have included Devoted to the Union: Sacramento and the Civil War, The Time is Now: The Civic Life of Sacramento’s Nathaniel Colley, Red Menace! The Sacramento Conspiracy Trial of 1935, and The Final Odyssey of Robert F. Kennedy.

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Indomitable Sacramentans - Historian Talk on Local Catholic Community


On July 27, 2023, historian Steven Avella gave a talk based on his new book "Indomitable Sacramentans: A Social History of Catholics in the State Capital." Avella explored the role of laypeople as important actors in the development and expansion of this religious body. These are the "hidden figures" behind the public face of a community that represents a significant demographic in the city, as well as an important contributor to the use of urban space, education, social service, and health care.