A Page in Time Book Fair

Rediscovering Sacramento

The Sacramento History Museum is excited to welcome at least 10 highly respected local authors and/or historians for the first-time event, “A Page in Time Book Fair” on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from noon to 3 p.m. The special event will take place inside the Sacramento History Museum (101 I Street in Old Sacramento State Historic Park) and is free with paid museum admission.

Museum guests will have the opportunity to meet the intriguing local authors and historians who can relate the fascinating history of Sacramento through a variety of viewpoints and cultural backgrounds. While additional participants may be added to the line-up, the confirmed authors/historians are as follows (two of whom have Sacramento related books being released later this month):


William Burg – Local Historian, and author of Wicked Sacramento (release date June 24th),

In the early 1900s, Sacramento became a battleground in a statewide struggle. On one side were Progressive political reformers and suffragettes. Opposing them were bars, dance halls, brothels and powerful business interests. Historian William Burg shares the long-hidden stories of criminals and crusaders from Sacramento’s past.


James Christian Scott – Librarian/Archivist Sacramento Public Library, and author of Images of America: Sacramento (release date June 24th), Gregg Lukenbill, Sacramento Historian and Developer

Going back to its Native American origins, Sacramento has withstood flood, fire, and plague to earn the moniker “Indomitable City.”  Such grit has powered the Sacramento area’s role as gold rush epicenter, railroading Goliath, agricultural hub, and policy center for one of the nation’s most innovative states.


Annette Kassis – Prohibition in Sacramento: Moralizers and Bootleggers in the Wettest City in the Nation

Sacramento’s open opposition to Prohibition and ties to rum running up and down the California coast caused some to label the capital “the wettest city in the nation”. The era from World War I until the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment brought Sacramento institutions like Mather Field and a thriving film industry, but it wasn’t all pretty.


Steve Pate-Newberry (photographer) and Michelle Alberigi McKenzie (narrator) – authors of Sacramento, CA: A Photographic Portrait

Sacramento is a city steeped in history, filled with drama and beauty, politics and play. Photographer Steve Pate-Newberry focuses his love and his camera on his hometown with spectacular results. See the city through Steve’s lens in these pages and you will gain a new appreciation for this important city.


Karun Yee (representing the Chinese American Council of Sacramento), and contributor to Canton Footprints

During the gold rush of 1849, Sacramento was the destination for many Chinese. Sacramento’s place as the way station to the gold fields, the origin of the Transcontinental Railroad, and a center of California agriculture gave it a unique role in Chinese American History.


Mary Helmich – local historian and author, A Legacy in Brick and Iron: Sacramento’s Central and Southern Pacific Railroad Shops

Encompassing more than 125 years of history, “A Legacy in Brick & Iron” examines the Central Pacific and later Southern Pacific Railroad Shops, which, for a time, was the largest and most completely integrated heavy industrial complex west of the Rocky Mountains.


Ric Hornor – local historian and author, Golden Highway 1 – North, Golden Highway 2 – South, The Golden HUB

Golden Highway 1, A Bronze Medal winner from The Independent Publishers Association, this book chronicles the life and times of the early miners, explorers, and settlers in their words. 236 restored 19th century photographs help readers envision the places, faces and times of the early years of California.


Dr. Mark A. Ocegueda  – local historian, professor, and author, Mexican American Baseball in Sacramento

Since the early 20th century, baseball diamonds in California’s capital and surrounding communities have nurtured athletic talent, educational skills, ethnic identity, and political self-determination for Mexican Americans. Players often became important members of their communities, and some even went on to become professional athletes—paving a path for Latinos in sports.


Dr. Bob LaPerriere – local historian and contributor (representing Sacramento Book Collectors Club) – First History of Sacramento City by Dr. John Morse

First published in 1853 in Colville’s Sacramento City Directory and reissued by the Sacramento Book Collectors Club in 1945, with an historical note on Dr. Morse’s life by Caroline El. Wenzel. The latest edition has comments about being a doctor during “Gold Rush” California by Dr. Bob LaPerriere.


Cheryl Ann Stapp, Historian and Author, Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past

Stapp reveals the setbacks and successes that shaped the city, including a devastating cholera outbreak, the 1850s’ Squatter Riots, two major fires, the glamorous Pony Express and the first transcontinental railroad.


Admission to the Sacramento History Museum costs $8 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 6 to 17) and is free for children ages 5 and younger. Museum members who purchase  a featured book can receive 20% off and non-members can receive 10% off the price of the featured book.

The Sacramento History Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.