Nevada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, and the governor’s office has issued a directive stating that there should be at least 150 special events and exhibitions to commemorate the sesquicentennial. So far, about 300 have taken place, but the biggest coup has been scored by the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

Sometimes the stories we think we know, the stories where we don't want to hear another word, turn out to be the most involving of all, the ones we in fact know the least about. So it is with "Last Days in Vietnam."

An Israeli museum on Thursday unveiled what it says in the oldest known Jewish prayer book in the world, dating back to the 9th century A.D.

What has Scotland ever done for us? Plenty, it turns out.

A significant piece of Isleton history was on display Tuesday as the community celebrated the first phase of the restoration of the Delta community’s long-shuttered Chinese community center.

The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in "Easy Rider" has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it's for sale.

Hampton Sides, just in from Nashville, took the phone call in his hotel room in Washington, D.C., to talk about his new book, a true story that reads like a thriller. The next day his book tour would take him to St. Louis, Chicago and seven other cities. He lands in Sacramento on Thursday for his date with the Bee Book Club.

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The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation's Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases.

Margaret Zerwekh can't remember when she started her crusade, but it was some time in the 1980s.

Over the years, the venerable Sacramento Old City Association Home Tour has spotlighted some of the capital city’s more noteworthy homes – the family residence of author Joan Didion in 2012, the Governor’s Mansion in 2013 and even, in that same year, the notorious F Street boarding house where Dorothea Puente drugged and murdered her tenants for their Social Security checks.

Walt Brown (Lincoln) grew up a fan of the semi-pro Lincoln Potters, listened to Sacramento Solons play-by-play man Tony Koester and called Tony Freitas his favorite player. As a high school senior in 1953, his goal was to become the voice of the Solons.

Coney Island's historic B&B Carousell is among several vintage attractions still thrilling visitors at the famous amusement park today.

If you happen to find some remnants of woven wool in your attic — in red, white or blue and marked Fort McHenry — the Smithsonian Institution would like to know.

When the city of Sacramento bought the historic but dilapidated downtown train depot nearly a decade ago, officials knew they were taking on the biggest fixer-upper in town. “A diamond in the rough,” city architect Hinda Chandler put it. They just didn't know how rough.

Behold this saga of bygone titans, a trio on an epic scale who share the same name.

"The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism" by Edward E. Baptist; Basic (528 pages, $35)

Ken Burns details the connections between two distantly related American presidents in his new documentary series "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," and in the process found his own personal ties.

The 20th anniversary re-issue of “The Bone Garden,” a book by former Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney William P. Wood, details what may be the most macabre murders in Sacramento’s history.

Annual tour showcases Victorians and Beamer Park on next Saturday.

Vikingsholm, the 1920s Scandinavian-style “castle” on Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay, is undergoing extensive renovations thanks to two nonprofit foundations. It’s part of a larger movement by private groups to care for state parks the state can’t take care of.

Under a new state law, more names can be added to California’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial – the names of long-deceased service members such as Navy Lt. j.g. Gregory Hodson, a pilot from West Sacramento killed in 1964 when his plane dropped into the waters of the South China Sea; but also, and more controversially, the names of service people who died of Agent Orange-related diseases decades after they returned home.

The operators of the Crest Theatre, including Sid Garcia-Heberger, have reached a negotiations impasse with their landlord and will end their management of K Street Mall landmark on Oct. 31, Garcia-Heberger said Monday.

Few know that Angel Island played a role in World War II, but docents make the period come alive.

Behind the walls at San Quentin State Prison is a museum that details the storied history — including the executions — of the facility.

‘Golden State of Mind’ sheds some light on the late TV host, who was outgoing and effusive on camera but private off it.

Grantland Johnson, a trailblazing Sacramento politician who rose in rank while staying in touch with his community roots as a city councilman, county supervisor and top health official in state and federal government, died Tuesday at 65.

Remains determined to be those of a “prehistoric Native American,” according to the Yolo County Coroner.

He was 23 and on leave from the war; she was 19. John and Treva Hurt got married on Aug. 19, 1944 – and today, they’re among a tiny percentage of Americans to reach their 70th wedding anniversary.

Was the Gold Country burg of Columbia a lawless town in the 1850s? A re-enactment of an infamous shooting yields telling clues.

A West Coast branch of Smithsonian Institution would be much better than a soccer stadium.

On Aug. 12, 1839, John Augustus Sutter arrived to establish his "New Helvetia" colony -- present-day Sacramento. Test your knowledge and discover the history of California's capital.

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park will come alive to celebrate the arrival of Sacramento’s founding father, John Sutter, on the banks of the Sacramento River in 1839.

Harry Sweet, a pioneering Northern California television news photographer who donated more than a quarter-century of Sacramento history on film to local archives, died Thursday with pneumonia, his family said. He was 93.

Gold Rush Days has been canceled this year due to the drought, but “Americana” will be celebrated in Old Sacramento in a four-day lineup of activities and entertainment over the Labor Day weekend.

The men and women who were part of the Monuments Men during World War II were already established in their careers as art curators, museum administrators, conservationists and painters when they joined up.

With this year’s centennial commemoration of the start of World War I (1914-1918), a Washington D.C. art historian named Mark Levitch is searching for memorials from the Great War just like the bronze eagle-topped Land Park memorial, which carries the names of 119 Sacramento County men and women who died in the first World War.

People from the Sacramento area have gained fame in everything from law to film, philanthropy to athletics. Test your knowledge and see how well you know Sacramento's most famous folks.

Author Cheryl Anne Stapp can’t get gold off her mind.

Mr. Hastings, who died July 14, was an influential figure in the movement to protect the city’s architectural heritage following the 1973 demolition of the beloved Alhambra Theatre.

Old Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days, hosted over the Labor Day weekend since 2000, have been canceled because of the drought, city tourism officials announced Monday.

Each year, flocks of fourth-grade students from throughout California visit landmarks of the Gold Rush, but last week it was the teachers’ turn to take a field trip.

Andrew C. Isenberg, a Temple University professor and the author of “Mining California: An Ecological History,” will delve into the history of logging, ranching, farming and mining in the Golden State as part of the Center for Sacramento History’s speakers series.

When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced Sunday that it was changing its name and reviving the caliphate, the news lit up the Internet and headlined news reports around the world.

Once upon a time, there were liberal Republicans...

Step into North America’s first foray into “histortainment” and back into San Francisco’s legacy.

Brian Landsberg was just 26 years old when he checked into a Holiday Inn in Tuscaloosa, Ala., 50 years ago. His job: enforcing the nation’s newly signed Civil Rights Act, a piece of legislation strongly resented in the South, where the civil rights struggle had been marked by murders and violence.

You know George Washington and John Hancock as founding fathers. But what about George Washington, successful whiskey distiller? Or John Hancock, fortified wine importer?

He was a soldier, a boxer, a hunter, a fisherman, a drinker, a father and the writer of words and stories that aimed to be, above all else, true and honest and pure.

The Merced County Courthouse Museum’s newest exhibit opens this week. The city’s 125th birthday is the subject and area high-schoolers helped put it together.

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