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]

Disaster Amnesia Is A Vicious Circle

Guerneville, CA flood

What is disaster amnesia (also know as hazard amnesia)?

Essentially, it is the inability to contemplate or comprehend a similar disaster happening again.

NPR has a terrific article on how much lessons learned are unheeded and how unlikely disaster amnesia will improve.

Basically, all taxpayers should expect to continue to pay for the repeated mistakes of inhabiting in areas where disasters and other natural (and some manmade) hazards are very prone to happen, unless Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has his way.

[photo via DanMS/Wikipedia]

Ecology Center’s “Refuel, Repair, Reimagine: A Series About The Future Of Bay Area Transportation”

Traffic/Congestion

For this month of September, the Ecology Center is sponsoring a free series of events, “Refuel, Repair, Reimagine: A Series About The Future Of Bay Area Transportation”, to educate and enlighten residents about how to retrofit the current transportation systems to fit the needs of a sustainable future.

It all starts on Thursday, 8 September 2011 (7-9PM PST) with “From Auto-Cities to EcoCities: Examples from Around the Globe” that will include a slideshow and discussion with Kirsten Miller and Richard Register on EcoCities.

Other events include:

Thursday, 15 September (7-9PM PST)Post-Petroleum Transportation: Finding Your Best Alternative Fuel

Saturday, 17 September (10AM-NOON PST)Kids And Family Bike Workshop[1. FREE; but space is limited, pre-registration required.]

Wednesday, 21 September (6:30-8:30PM PST)The Confident Bike Commuter: Fixing Flats & DIY Maintenance

Thursday, 22 September (7-9PM PST)Smart Growth and Just Growth: The Quest For Equity In Transit-Oriented Development

The event will feature a panel (Catalina Garzon, Program Co-Director, Pacific Institute; Joel Ramos, Planner, TransForm; Bob Allen, Director of Transportation Justice, Urban Habitat; Evelyn Stivers, Field Director, Non-Profit Housing Association Of Northern CA; Margaret Gordon, Co-Founder, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative) that will discuss transit-oriented development and its implications on the Bay Area.

Saturday, 24 September (starts at 9AM PST)Moving Planet Mobilization: Berkeley Bike Ride, BART Gathering, and SF Parade

This event will feature three separate activities in celebration of Moving Planet, “a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis.”

Please Note: All events will take place at the Ecology Center located at 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley; except for the Kids and Family Bike Workshop (EcoHouse at 1305 Hopkins Street, Berkeley) and Moving Planet Mobilization (Ashby BART).

Repair, Refuel, Reimagine  -Ecology Center

[photo via Curious Orange | image via Ecology Center]