California History Room
“STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS”
Do you have spring fever? Are you itching to get out into the yard to plant a few bulbs? Are you determined to make this year’s garden your best yet? We have the display for you! Get inspired by the flowers of yesteryear, not to mention the innovations and hard work of the gardeners who make California bloom each year by enjoying the California History Section's latest book, photograph and ephemera display "Stop and Smell the Flowers.” You won't be disappointed but hurry, this display is only up through the end of June!
Our monthly display is available for viewing at:
- Jan-Mar 2019: Yosemite
- July-Dec 2018: Wagons West
- April-June 2018: Art of Printing
- January-March 2018: Steamboats, Schooners, and Cruisers
- November-December 2017: For the Love of Writing
- September-October 2017: It Came from the Archives?! – Weird, Wacky and Wonderful Treasures
- July-August 2017: Make Love Not War: California in the 1960’s
- May-June 2017: Wildflowers in California
- March-April 2017: Horses and Horse Racing in California
- January-February 2017: Mining in California
- November-December 2016: Hollywood Movie Stars
- October 2016 Selection: A Thirst for History – Wine in California
- September 2016 Selection: Sutter's Fort
- August 2016 Selection: California Beaches
- July 2016 Selection: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
- June 2016 Selection: California – A Political State of Mind
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Witkin State Law Library
Pacific Railway Act
The Witkin State Law Library currently has on display various historic materials from the 19th and 20th centuries pertaining to the first transcontinental railroad. This year commemorates the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad (1869). The success of this project connected our country and allowed opportunity for trade, commerce, travel, and much more.
Our current exhibit primarily focuses on the Pacific Railway Act of 1862, followed by the establishment of additional laws that made such an extraordinary piece of American history possible. The Witkin State Law Library houses several resources relevant to railway law, including numerous volumes on railroad cases, laws of railways, railway reports, Pacific Railroad cases, and the rise and growth of railroad law as we know it today.