Events and Presentations

Is your group looking for something fun to do together (while staying physically apart)? Do you need a Zoom speaker? We can help you out! The California History Section is ready and willing to give virtual presentations about our materials. Email us to see how we can accommodate your group!

We participate in a number of annual public events, including the three listed below:

Archives Crawl

Did you miss the 10th annual (and 1st virtual) Sacramento Archives Crawl during October? Not to worry! You can still watch the videos, including two videos contributed by the History Section on the history of celebrations in California and treasures at the State Library.

Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

Did you miss our first-ever year participating in the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar? You can still see showcase and tutorial videos from the Bazaar, including the California History Section’s video on the Gladding McBean collection, which documents this storied architectural terra cotta firm’s contributions to architectural design.

Museum Day

Did you enjoy Museum Day last February? See the many virtual tours and events being offered by museums in lieu of in-person events. While you’re at it, check out our online exhibits.


  • Sacramento Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Museum Day: Sacramento Area Museums

  • General John A Sutter Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution: Genealogy in the California History Section

  • California History Section: Behind the Scenes: Section Tour

  • California History Section: Behind the Scenes: Section Tour

  • Turn Verein Visit: Section Tour

  • Sacramento Archives Crawl: Section tours and displays

  • Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society: Genealogy in the California History Section
  • September 6, 2019
    California History Section: Behind the Scenes: Section Tour
  • September 6, 2019
    California History Section: Behind the Scenes: Section Tour
  • August 17, 2019
    Nevada County Genealogical Society Seminar: Researching Genealogy
  • August 1, 2019
    California History Section: Behind the Scenes: Section Tour
  • June 14, 2019
    International German Genealogy Conference: History Section Talk
  • April 18, 2019
    California Department of Conservation: Researching Mining
  • April 11, 2019
    Women’s Thursday Club of Fair Oaks: Researching Fair Oaks
  • March 27, 2019
    Friends of Sutter’s Fort Visit: Curated Display
  • February 2, 2019
    Museum Day: Table Display
  • October 6, 2018
    Sacramento Archives Crawl: Displays and tours
  • September 25, 2018
    Sacramento German Genealogy Society: Materials at the California History Section–German American Focus
  • August 28, 2018
    VIP Visit: Facilities Tour
  • August 25, 2018
    Sacramento Scriptorium: Poetry in the California History Room
  • August 3, 2018
    Capitol Staff Visit: Facilities Tour
  • July 17, 2018
    Delta Stewardship Council: Facilities Tour
  • May 18, 2018
    Met Sacramento High School: Curated Research Experience
  • May 17, 2018
    American Historical Print Collectors Society Curated Display and Talk
  • May 11, 2018
    Met Sacramento High School: Archival Research Orientation
  • May 10, 2018
    Folsom Historical Society: Materials at the California History Section--Folsom Focus
  • April 18, 2018
    Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society of Sacramento: Research in the California History Room
  • April 12, 2018
    Organization of American Historians Visit: Facilities Tour
  • March 16, 2018
    Capitol Staff Visit: Facilities Tour
  • March 14, 2018
    Capitol Staff Visit: Facilities Tour
  • March 8, 2018
    Capitol Staff Visit: Facilities Tour
  • March 8, 2018
    Fair Oaks Host Lions Club: Researching Fair Oaks
  • February 21, 2018
    Genealogy at the California History Room — Sacramento County Focus
  • February 14, 2018
    Capitol Staff Visit: Facilities Tour
  • February 6, 2018
    California Department of Conservation: Tracking Environmental History in the California History Section
  • February 5, 2018
    Patwin Elementary School: California and the World!
  • January 25, 2018:
    Agency Librarians Visit: Facilities Tour
  • January 23, 2018:
    Fair Oaks Historical Society — Researching Fair Oaks
  • January 12, 2018:
    Donor Visit: Facilities Tour
  • December 18, 2017:
    Homeschool Group: Facilities Tour
  • November 28, 2017:
    Capitol Reporter Visit: Facilities Tour
  • November 16, 2017:
    Oakland Family History Center: Unique Collections of the California State Library
  • October 30, 2017:
    Capitol Staff Visit: Facilities Tour
  • October 10, 2017:
    Capitol Staff Visit: Facilities Tour
  • October 7, 2017:
    Sacramento Archives Crawl: Table Highlights
  • October 3, 2017:
    Capitol Staff Visit: Facilities Tour
  • August 30, 2017:
    Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society of Sacramento Talk: Materials in the California History Room
  • August 30, 2017:
    Friends of Sutter's Fort Visit: Facilities Tour
  • August 14, 2017:
    Capitol Staff Visit: Facilities Tour
  • August 9, 2017:
    Xylum Debate Institute Visit: Facilities Tour
  • August 1, 2017:
    Department of Finance Staff Visit: Facilities Tour
  • August 1, 2017:
    Capitol Staff Visit: Facilities Tour
  • July 21, 2017:
    El Dorado Family History Library: Genealogy at the California History Room–Latter Day Saints Focus
  • June 27, 2017:
    Capitol Staff Visit: Facilities Tour
  • June 22, 2017:
    Placer County Genealogy Society: Genealogy at the California History Room–Placer County Focus
  • June 15, 2017:
    State Coastal Conservancy Visit: Facilities Tour
  • June 6, 2017:
    Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Park Archives and Records Center Staff Visit: Facilities Tour
  • April 24, 2017:
    Wilton History Group: California History Section Materials–Wilton Focus
  • March 21, 2017: Davis Genealogical Club: Genealogy at the California History Room–Yolo County Focus
  • March 8, 2017: Sacramento FamilySearch Library: Genealogy at the California History Room–Latter Day Saints Focus
  • February 6, 2017: Patwin Elementary School Class Visit: California and the World!
  • January 19, 2017: Pioneer Mutual Hook and Ladder Society: California History Section Materials: The Sacramento Fire Department

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Our schedule is clear; how’s yours? If you would like to arrange for a Zoom or video presentation for your group, please contact us.

 More Events

In addition to the events held by the California History Section, the California State Library is offering many virtual events. For more information check out the library’s events page and for updates, join our mailing list!

Also, the California State Library is working with local libraries to collect COVID-19 stories from across the state. For more information and to make a submission, see our COVID Diaries site.