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Holiday Cheer

Seasonal decorations are suspended above K Street in this December 1957 photo, taken at 10th Street looking west.
Katherine Kitchen Seated at sewing machines, left to right: Lois Hepworth, Ethel Frey, Margaret Moore and Sally Martin.

Sew Much Fun!

Starting in 1934, The Sacramento Bee ran a household hints column for decades called “Katherine Kitchen.” Katherine Kitchen wasn’t the name of a real woman; the column was written by Bee staffers. The Bee...
Center for Sacramento History Collection, 1983/123/048

Showing Off!

Some daring construction workers created a photo op by hanging around at the partially erected Capital National Bank Building in 1915. The building, at Seventh and J streets, still stands today.
Fruitridge Drive-in

Thinking Big: Fruitridge Drive-in

Moviegoers flocked to Fruitridge Road at Stockton Boulevard, where Fruitridge Drive-in operated from 1950 to 1979. According to a Sacramento Bee article from June 3, 1950, the new site boasted “the largest all steel...
Theatergoers wait in line to enter the Music Circus tent in the early 1950s.

Reflect: Entertainment for a Summer Night

In 1951, after an invitation from Eleanor McClatchy, president of The Sacramento Bee, Russell Lewis and Howard Young launched the first professional musical theater-in-the-round west of the Mississippi. That endeavor, now called Broadway at...
man standing near a fountain to cool off in 1984

Reflect: Help for the Heat

Here’s a hot-weather scene from July 1984, courtesy of The Sacramento Bee: Sacramentan Rich Caulfield cools off at the fountain in front of Union Bank on Capitol Mall.
virna canson

A Life of Meaning: Virna Canson

Virna Canson, shown here in a Sacramento Bee photo from 1978, served as director of the NAACP’s Western Region, which covered nine states, from 1974 to 1988. She had a long history as an...
penelope cravens

Dedicated to Service: Penelope Cravens

Penelope Cravens, shown here in a 1976 Sacramento Bee photograph, was the first woman to serve as a California State Police officer, having joined the force in 1975. The officers were responsible for the...
taylor house

The Taylor House

Destiny Sanchez had lived in 12 foster situations, including group homes and shelters, and she was couch surfing when she heard about The Taylor House in downtown Roseville. The cheerful yellow home serves young...
Mary Tsukamoto and daughter

Mary Tsukamoto

During World War II, Mary Tsukamoto, along with her husband, Al, and young daughter, Marielle Bliss, experienced forced removal from Florin, then a rural town south of Sacramento, due to Executive Order 9066. The...