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Darlena Belushin McKay

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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...
sacramento cyclettes

Sacramento Cyclettes

In 1937, a group of women who had been denied membership in the all-men’s Capital City Motorcycle Club formed the Sacramento Cyclettes. In this photo from the collection of Gaylene Tompkins, club vice president...
Tommy Kono

Reflect: Weightlifter Tommy Kono

Tommy Kono, who was born in Sacramento in 1930, remains the United States’ most decorated weight lifter. He brought home gold at the Olympics in 1952 and 1956, and silver in 1960, and he...
parade showing unicycle square dancing

Reflect: Unicycle Square Dancing

Now roll away to a half sashay! A group square dances on unicycles in this Sacramento Bee photo taken by Dick Schmidt at a Fourth of July parade along Second Street in Old Sacramento...
lady and the boys rock band

Looking Back at Lady and the Boys

In the 1980s, the rockin’ rhythm and blues of Lady and the Boys electrified audiences at Melarkey’s, Bitter Creek and Crawdad’s in Sacramento, Framastanyl’s in Nevada City, and other hot venues of the day....
photo from 1933 shows a run on the Sacramento branch of The Capital National Bank

Bank in 1929

After the stock market crash of October 1929, the American public grew increasingly nervous about the stability of the financial institutions they had trusted with their savings. Waves of anxious people started to withdraw...
st. patrick's day

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Bill Reid, Sacramento’s Irishman of the Year in 1971, appeared as guest of honor at a St. Patrick’s Day dinner at the Sacramento Inn. In this Sacramento Bee photo, Reid and his wife are...
runway fashion

Reflect: Runway Ready

2012: Models wearing designs by Janelle Cardenas prepare for the catwalk at Sacramento Fashion Week’s Designer Showcase in the Elks Tower Ballroom.2021: A style-packed virtual event called Fashion in the City takes place Feb....
winter snowfall

Winter Wonderland

A rare Sacramento snowfall created this chilly scene at Capitol Park on March 14, 1942.
santa claus

Here Comes Santa Claus

SANTA GREETS A CROWD ASSEMBLED on K Street between Sixth and Seventh streets in this photograph taken during Sacramento’s Christmas Parade in November 1940. The festivities included a children’s costume contest, a pet parade and...