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Darlena Belushin McKay

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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...
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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...
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Reflect: Corner Drug Co.

Corner Drug Co. stood at the corner of First and Main streets in Woodland long before it could be identified by its iconic neon signage, which was installed in 1948. The business, which opened...

Crowned by the Capitol

More than 100 women wore whimsical headpieces at the “Headdress Ball,” presented by Mercy Children’s Hospital Guild at the Senator Hotel in February 1954. A Sacramento Bee article from March 2 of that year...
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Calling All Cosplayers

If you’re an anime devotee or a pop-culture connoisseur, chances are good you’ll be attending Northern California’s largest Japanese animation/pop-culture convention, SacAnime, between Jan. 7 and 9. The event, to be held at SAFE...
Engelbert Humperdinck, John Fulton and Tom Jones

Reflect: Two Crooners

Musical icons Engelbert Humperdinck and Tom Jones came to Sacramento in July of 1973, where they were presented with Honorary Gold Miner certificates from John Fulton, chairman of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce...
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’Tis the Season

Workers decorate K Street for the holidays in this Sacramento Bee photo from 1956.
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Safety Dog

Knee-Hi, the Safety Dog cared deeply about children’s well-being. That’s why he visited schools to promote safe practices during such activities as crossing busy streets, riding bikes, climbing trees and working in the kitchen....
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Preston Castle

Preston Castle was built in Ione between 1890 and 1894 to house the Preston School of Industry, a reform school for boys, which remained open until 1960. For the next 40 years, the building...