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1885: Flowery tribute for Crocker gallery donation

Margaret Crocker, wife of Edwin Bryant Crocker, in a photocopy of portrait from the Crocker Art Museum collection.
Margaret Crocker, wife of Edwin Bryant Crocker, in a photocopy of portrait from the Crocker Art Museum collection. Sacramento Bee file

1885: Sacramento stages a flower festival to honor Margaret Crocker for her donation of the family’s art gallery to the city. A crowd of 20,000 presents Crocker hundreds of flowers.

Here is an excerpt from the May 7, 1885, edition of The Bee:

Mrs. Crocker, her face wreathed in smiles of happiness, arose and bowed to the audience, which returned the courtesy with cheers and the slapping of thousands of hands. Then she addressed Mayor (John Q.) Brown, handed him the keys of the Art Gallery, and spoke as follows:

“Mayor Brown: In the midst of this sweet atmosphere of love and fragrance, and upon this occasion, one of the happiest days of my life, it affords me great pleasure to make a formal delivery to you of the E.B Crocker Art Galley, in the bestowal of which I feel as sure I am but carrying out the wishes of my late husband ... It almost overpowers me to contemplate the magnificence of this beautiful display of floral elegance.”

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