This Week: Lincoln’s role in focus at railroad museum

Published: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 - 10:54 pm

Today’s holiday, Presidents Day, has evolved into one that honors all U.S. presidents, but it is most closely associated with the February birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. In fact, the holiday has its origins in the nation’s annual observance of Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22.

While Washington died nearly 50 years before the United States won California as a prize in the Mexican War in 1848, Lincoln played an integral role in the growth and history of what would become the nation’s most populous state.

Two symbols of Lincoln’s influence are embodied in the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento and its exhibit on the 150th anniversary of the State Parks. It was Lincoln who signed the Yosemite Grant Act of 1864 that deeded the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove to California as the nation’s first state park (though the land would later revert back to federal oversight as a national park).

Lincoln also signed the Pacific Railroad Act in 1862, laying the groundwork for the Transcontinental Railroad, which stretched from the eastern shores of the Missouri River at Council Bluffs, Iowa, to our very own Sacramento River and tied the West more closely with the rest of the union. On Sunday, an actor portraying Lincoln was to be at the Railroad Museum to entertain guests and inform them of the 16th president’s role transforming the history of the state.

– Ken Chavez


In the News

Panel considers new McDonald’s in Carmichael

A proposal to construct a new McDonald’s restaurant at 5100 Fair Oaks Blvd., previously the site of a Burger King, will be considered by the Carmichael-Old Foothill Farms Community Planning Advisory Council on Wednesday. McDonald’s intends to demolish the building on the east side of Fair Oaks Boulevard at Arden Way in Carmichael and replace it with a building featuring the chain’s new architectural design. The advisory council will review the design and consider a request for a permit to allow a drive-through window within 300 feet of a residential zone. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Carmichael Library, 5605 Marconi Ave., Carmichael.

Info: www.per.saccounty.net/CPAC/Pages/CPAC-Carmichael-OldFoothillFarms.aspx

American Legion holds help sessions

State and national staff members of the American Legion are offering all Sacramento-area veterans – National Guard, reserve and active duty – an opportunity to learn more about the organization and veteran benefits from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at American Legion Post 77, 523 Bush St. in Woodland. A veteran service officer also will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to help veterans with claims or other veteran-related questions. Veterans with claims should bring their DD214 (discharge papers) to the session.

Info: www.legion.org

Around Town

Crocker celebrates Black History Month

In collaboration with Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum, the Crocker Art Museum is hosting a free family festival today celebrating Black History Month. The festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 216 O St. in Sacramento, features live music, dance performances and hands-on learning activities.

Info: crockerartmuseum.org

LGBT Wedding Expo comes to Woodlake hotel

The Sacramento LGBT Wedding Expo – the second in the capital region presented by Outword Magazine, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and other organizations – takes place Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Woodlake Red Lion Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento. The free event features a bridal fashion show, wine and wedding cake tastings, door prizes and more.

Info: saclgbtweddingexpo.com

Learn to download ebooks at Folsom Public Library

Folsom Public Library is hosting a free instructional session on how to download library e-books to digital reading devices. Participants are asked to bring their library cards, personal identification numbers and e-readers to the library, 411 Stafford St., from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Info: Call (916) 355-7374

Panel considers new McDonald’s in Carmichael

A proposal to construct a new McDonald’s restaurant at 5100 Fair Oaks Blvd., previously the site of a Burger King, will be considered by the Carmichael-Old Foothill Farms Community Planning Advisory Council on Wednesday. McDonald’s intends to demolish the building on the east side of Fair Oaks Boulevard at Arden Way in Carmichael and replace it with a building featuring the chain’s new architectural design. The advisory council will review the design and consider a request for a permit to allow a drive-through window within 300 feet of a residential zone. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Carmichael Library, 5605 Marconi Ave., Carmichael.

Info: www.per.saccounty.net/CPAC/Pages/CPAC-Carmichael-OldFoothillFarms.aspx

American Legion holds help sessions

State and national staff members of the American Legion are offering all Sacramento-area veterans – National Guard, reserve and active duty – an opportunity to learn more about the organization and veteran benefits from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at American Legion Post 77, 523 Bush St. in Woodland. A veteran service officer also will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to help veterans with claims or other veteran-related questions. Veterans with claims should bring their DD214 (discharge papers) to the session.

Info: www.legion.org

Around Town

Crocker celebrates Black History Month

In collaboration with Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum, the Crocker Art Museum is hosting a free family festival today celebrating Black History Month. The festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 216 O St. in Sacramento, features live music, dance performances and hands-on learning activities.

Info: crockerartmuseum.org

LGBT Wedding Expo at hotel

The Sacramento LGBT Wedding Expo – the second in the capital region presented by Outword Magazine, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and other organizations – takes place Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Woodlake Red Lion Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento. The free event features a bridal fashion show, wine and wedding cake tastings, door prizes and more.

Info: saclgbtweddingexpo.com

Learn to download ebooks

Folsom Public Library is hosting a free instructional session on how to download library e-books to digital reading devices. Participants are asked to bring their library cards, personal identification numbers and e-readers to the library, 411 Stafford St., from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Info: Call (916) 355-7374

Masjid As-Sabur debuts new mosque

Masjid As-Sabur of Sacramento, which as served Oak Park and Tahoe Park areas for 39 years, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday for its new 3,500-square-foot mosque at 4926 15th Ave. in Sacramento. The program starts at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. The congregation is the first African American Muslim community in Northern California to build a mosque from the ground up.

Info: www.masjidassabur.org

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