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Snow Day

Nearly two inches of snow fell on Sacramento during a storm in late January of 1922. According to a Sacramento Bee story from Jan. 30 of that year, children and adults alike frolicked at...
Grant Union High School

The Show Must Go On

File this photo under the letter “P,” for “Perseverance.” After a fire on Dec. 8, 1973, that destroyed the Grant Union High School gym and part of the auditorium, the student body decided to...

A Look Back – Friends in All Weather

Two women brave the elements in this photo taken circa 1965 near 10th and J streets. Photo courtesy of: Center for Sacramento History, Joseph Benetti Collection, 2003/012/2556

Happy Halloween!

Sometimes a photo speaks for itself, and this one has to because so little is known about it. It was taken at a children’s Halloween costume event, likely at McClatchy Park in 1938. Photo courtesy...
independence day

Picture-Perfect Independence Day

Although Fourth of July isn’t a “dress up” holiday for most of us, that wasn’t the case for these young people in 1912, when this image was captured. They commemorated the holiday with this...
Dunlap Family

The Distinguished Dunlap Family

Talk about home cookin’. From 1930 into the 1960s, African-American entrepreneur George T. Dunlap and his wife, Annie Louise, operated a restaurant out of their Oak Park house. Dunlap’s Dining Room offered excellent service...
Frank Fat's

Sacramento’s Good Fortune

The year was 1919. A 16-year-old Frank Fat immigrated to San Francisco from his native China. He spoke no English when he arrived, and during the next 20 years, he worked his way up...
Gov. Jerry Brown

A Long Public Life

This month, as Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office, we’re circling back to his earlier days with an image of him campaigning in San Francisco’s Union Square in October 1974, shortly before he was elected governor...
Pancake Circus

Would You Like Pancakes with Your Ballot?

The people queued up outside Pancake Circus aren’t waiting for pancakes. They’re waiting to cast their votes for California governor. In the November 1982 election, Pancake Circus, which remains open at Broadway and 21st...

A Jewish Tradition for 25 Years

The state capitol’s 11-foot-tall menorah made its first appearance on Nov. 27, 1994. In this Sacramento Bee photo from that year, Chabad of Sacramento’s Rabbi Mendy Cohen marks the beginning of Hanukkah by lighting...