Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sacramento Archives Crawl

This is a fairly new event (it appears to be the third year), and I had not heard of it until a fellow board member from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society mentioned it to me.  The Sacramento Archives Crawl is held during Archives Month (never heard of that before either!).  The purpose of Archives Month is to educate people about the importance of historical records.  Four archives in Sacramento host the crawl, and each host repository has representatives from several archives from around the area set up with information.  Participants visit each host, learn about the different archives' holdings, view items on display, and collect stamps in a "passport" to earn a set of coasters depicting artifacts from four of the archives.

The Sacramento Archives Crawl will be held on Saturday, October 5, from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.  The four hosts this year are the California State Archives, California State Library, Center for California History, and Sacramento Public Library.  I wish I could go, but I already have a commitment to be on Angel Island for the Family History Day being presented by the California Genealogical Society and cosponsored by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society.  Three speakers will discuss Chinese, Japanese, and Jewish immigration through the island.  That's what happens during Family History Month — many special events take place, and it can sometimes be difficult to choose which to go to.  And since Archives Month is also in October, that just multiplies the options.  Maybe next year I can make it to Sacramento and crawl the archives.

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