A Look Back

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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...
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A Look Back: Retail Madness

Throngs of shoppers attended the Oct. 20, 1989 grand opening of Nordstrom at Arden Fair, as seen in this Sacramento Bee photo by Jay Mather. That same day, the mall unveiled...
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A Look Back: News Team Supreme

This year, Sacramento Magazine’s Best of Sacramento Party was canceled due to the pandemic. While we await next year’s event, let’s remember our first-ever Best of Sacramento...
Henry Hines III

An Accomplished Athlete

HENRY HINES III WAS one of the best long jumpers of all time. He competed for Sacramento City College, then USC, and was a...
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Shining Star of South Sacramento

IN THE ANNALS OF SACRAMENTO, Bonnie Pannell will be remembered as a fierce champion of the south area. She was elected to District 8 of...
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Keen Observer

SACRAMENTO OBSERVER FOUNDER AND PUBLISHER Dr. William Lee marks the 10th anniversary of his newspaper in this Sacramento Bee photo from Nov. 26, 1972....

Mask From the Past

MASK-WEARING ISN’T ONLY a modern-day phenomenon. This woman, whose identity is unknown, poses outside a home at 2031 16th St. in Sacramento during the...

On the Front Lines

THE SACRAMENTO NURSES WHO ATTEND TO COVID-19 patients belong to a lineage of distinguished medical professionals that extends deep into our city’s history. In this...
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Caught on Film

SINCE PHOTOGRAPHY MONTH SACRAMENTO TAKES PLACE in April, it’s a fitting time to honor notable photographers of our region’s past, such as Sacramento Bee photojournalist...
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Image Investigators

THE CENTER FOR SACRAMENTO HISTORY sometimes gets a little help from its friends. Take the above photograph, which was classified as unidentified. Center staff...