Fun Fact: How Much John Marsh Paid For Rancho de Los Meganos

In 1937, John Marsh paid $500 for Rancho de Los Meganos, located in Contra Costa County, California. Adjusted for inflation, Marsh paid the equivalent of $12,195.12 in today’s currency (2013).

The historic John Marsh Home along with 3,659 acres of natural habitat is currently being planned as a new California State Park.

Internship: Contra Costa County Historic Landmarks Advisory Committee

Alhambra Hotel, Contra Costa County

The Contra Costa County Historic Landmarks Advisory Committee (HLAC) and Contra Costa County Historical Society are updating Contra Costa County’s Historic Resource Inventory (HRI). Two (or more) lucky students can help through unpaid internships.

For those interested in historic preservation or cultural resources management, this internship actually looks like it offers quite a bit of hands-on training and experience.

Interns can expect to update the HRI, visit and photograph historical sites, research archives and documents, and update ownership and condition reports. There seems to be positions for researching either East County (Brentwood, Byron, Knightsen, Oakley, and Bethel Island) or Mid County (Antioch, Pittsburg, and Clayton).

[photo via 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance]

Explore History: Sacramento Archives Crawl On October 1

University Archives

In celebration of National Archives Month, the City of Sacramento is hosting its first ever “Explore History: Sacramento Archives Crawl” on 1 October 2011 (11AM-4PM). Archives and Special Collections libraries from around the Sacramento region will share rare items, such as historic photographs and artifacts, from their collections.

This FREE event; sponsored by the Sacramento History Foundation, California State Library Foundation, Gordon-Goldstein Foundation, and Hoppy Brewing Company; will take place at four Downtown Sacramento locations:

Visit at least three of the locations for a pretty cool prize.

Looking south over Sacramento River with I and M Street Bridges in view, Southern Pacific Rail yards in foreground, Sacramento, CA, ca. 1930

Among the participating institutions include:

-California Department Of Transportation
-California State Parks Archives
-California State Railroad Museum Library
-El Dorado County Historical Museum
-Little People Of America Archive
-National Archives At San Francisco
-Placer County Museums Archives & Research Center
-Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Archives
-Society Of California Archivists
-Temple/Congregation B’nai Israel Archives
-Yolo County Archives

This event represents a unique opportunity to view rarely displayed historical items. Please click here for exhibit locations.

[photos via University Libraries, University of Maryland | leiris202]