In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long.
In March, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are featuring events and activities that showcase Women’s History Month.
“Women on the Brink” is now open at The California Museum through April 27. This all-new exhibit of photography was commissioned for The Shriver Report’s “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink.” It is seen in the HBO documentary “Paycheck to Paycheck” co-produced and narrated by former California First Lady Maria Shriver debuting March 17. The lives of American women a paycheck away from poverty are chronicled through the lenses of a team of award-winning photographers led by former White House photographer Barbara Kinney. For more information visit californiamuseum.org.
“Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” will be at Sutter’s Fort on March 15.
As part of a special “Hands on History” interactive event, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park welcomes historian and author Cheryl Stapp who will be on-site to give presentations and answer questions about frontier women in California and their role in family and community. Through a variety of special demonstrations and hands-on activities, fort visitors will realize that emigrant women were not well-to-do Victorian ladies who lived a life of leisure but hard working women who were often vital economic partners in their families. For more information visit suttersfort.org.
Women’s History Day throughout Old Sacramento is March 29. In honor of Women’s History Month, the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is proud to present a special “Women’s History Day,” a fun and free-living history event that will take place throughout Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Dressed in 19th century period attire, men and women will passionately debate controversial topics of the day. The origins of “Women’s History Month” date back to 1981 when Congress identified a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1995, the celebration was expanded to the entire month. For more information visit historicoldsac.org
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