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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...

A Look Back: Every Worker Counts

During World War II , as many of the region’s men left for military service, labor shortages became commonplace, and women and immigrants started filling in. This 1948 photo shows women peeling tomatoes at...

A Look Back – Busted!

CRACK A SAFE OR PICK A POCKET—or at least get arrested for doing so—and your infamy might live on for 150 years or more.With the help of Utah-based nonprofit, the Center for Sacramento...

Pomp and Circumstance

This season of commencement ceremonies might prompt those who graduated from the UC Davis School of Law in 1980 to reflect on their own graduation, and how actress Jane Fonda served as their commencement...

On Target

The girls in this photo may have taken a cue from Ginger Rogers, who was famous for doing everything Fred Astaire did, except backward and in high heels. Photographer Michael T. Benning captured this...

Dance of the Flowers

In the 1950s, Sacramento’s annual Camellia Festival flourished as a 10-day-long celebration of the city’s official flower, and included a parade, a ball and the crowning of a “camellia queen,” in addition to a...

In Honor of Valentine’s Day

We bring you a Sacramento love story. During World War II, Louise Stephens and Walter Parker Jones Jr. were married in a red brick Episcopal church in Woodland. The couple had scheduled their ceremony...

Working for Change

In 1973, Grace Douglas founded Rumble, a newsletter that gave voice to Sacramento’s black communities. The bimonthly publication soon gained a circulation of more than 1,000. In a Feb. 21, 1976 Sacramento Bee article,...


Eat Farm to Fork
Eat Farm to Fork