Tour Descriptions 2014
African American History- Free born or slaves, slavery was not born in them. Celebrate the contributions of Sacramento’s African-American community as they struggled to gain a foothold in a dynamic and often hostile environment, and meet barbers, soldiers, caterers, singers, pastors, and just plain folk who settled the frontier.
Masoleums and Tombs - What's the difference between a mausoleum and a tomb? Are there any in the Old City Cemetery? Who's buried in them? Inquiring minds will discover the answers to all these questions on this Saturday stroll.
Drugs in the Old West The dice weren’t the only thing loaded in the old west. From pharmacies to opium dens, many California pioneers were under the influence. Join us for an uncut dose of history!
Sacramento History Tour for Kids - The tales of pioneers, trappers, railroad men, society women, heroes and villains come to life as we recount the stories of a bygone era and the people who lived it, here in Sacramento. Come see why sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction. This tour is specifically designed for kids in fourth grade and up.
Melody and Murder - Long before iTunes, music was a large part of Sacramentans’ daily lives. Much-loved musicians and teachers, cacophonous conductors, perforated pianists, and ill-fated instrumentalists will all vie for your attention on this rhythmic tour.
Medical Bag Tour- The early Sacramento medical community battled diseases like cholera and tuberculosis, and contended with calamities like fires, floods and collapsing buildings. Some lost their lives as they were saving others. Come and meet these medical pioneers on this tour led by our own Doctor, Bob LaPerriere.
Curtain Up! - From 1849 to the 1920’s, Sacramento was California’s “Theatre Town”. It was second to none in California. Let us entertain you as we share the comedic, dramatic and tragic stories of cemetery residents who were part of Sacramento’s theatre scene.
Mother India -India sent many gifts to the West including chess, the decimal system, tea and spices. But the greatest gift was her people. Join us on this tour to meet her descendants and find out how and why they ended up in Sacramento.
Spritualism and Suffrage - Sure, spiritualists spoke with the dead at séances, but they were also early proponents of equal rights for women and people of color. Find out who was a fake medium, who ran for congress, and who hooked up with Aleister Crowley!
Cemetery Families - Loving or Lethal - Family – Do you really have to love ‘em? Join us in exploring the dynamics of some families from yesteryear and see how they answered that question.
Bad Poetry and Purple Prose - Other than drinking and brawling, the pioneers enjoyed nothing better than sappy love poetry. They both loved and dreadfully abused the English language, and we’ll visit these perpetrators of sentimental doggerel and overblown purple prose to read from their best forgotten “classics.”
A Dozen More Ways to Die - Early Sacramentans met their end in a wild variety of ways: accidental poisoning, intentional poisoning, accidental shooting, intentional shooting, etc., etc. We'll give you a dozen stories of unexpected death at this fascinating tour that continues a theme we started last year. We've even uncovered a case of shopping - then dropping (dead, that is).
Cemetery Adventures for Children -Do you have a child who is interested in the cemetery but would rather see bugs than burial records? Perhaps they'd like to take a peek into a mausoleum, learn about the animals that make their home here or hear a short tale about the exciting days of old. If so, this tour is for them. Specifically designed for children third grade and younger, this tour is more of an informal stroll to introduce kids to the many wonders the cemetery has to offer.
Symbolism and Victorian Funeral Customs - Why do we wear black to funerals? Why do pall bearers wear gloves? Is there significance to the obelisk marking a prominent man's grave or the dove carved on another's? We will attempt to answer these questions and more as we delve into the Victorian celebration of death. Join us to unlock the secrets hidden in plain sight on these headstones.
Battles, Skirmishes, & Forays: Heroism and Courage Under Fire - When Johnny came marching home, he may never have talked about the war and his part in it. Come on this tour and hear what Johnny never talked about - the stories of famous and not so famous men, the battles they fought and the courage they displayed.