Tour Descriptions 2013
African American History- Whether arriving free or as slaves, African-Americans couldn't vote or testify in court, and dealt with much discrimination, but always kept striving. Meet runaway slaves, Buffalo Soldiers, restaurant owners, deacons and gamblers.
Ordinary Women-Extraordinary Accomplishments - Celebrate the spirit and courage of Sacramento women as they became entrepreneurs, reformers, daredevils, medical pioneers, and activists. These are the women who molded the Sacramento scene.
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.
Murders, Mayhem and Scuttlebutt - Join us to delve into the murders and scandals in Sacramento during the early days. You won’t believe the things that people thought they could get away with!
General History Tour "Urbs Indomita"
The Latin words chosen by early Sacramento leaders to characterize the city on its seal. Come and enjoy stories about the early history of Sacramento.
Bikes, Boxing, and Baseball - Hard-working Sacramentans have always played hard, too. Hear about pugilists, Gilt Edges, and Wheelmen, and learn how bicyclists helped spur the development of our modern highway system! Bicycles and velocipedes encouraged.
A Dozen Ways to Die - Everybody wants to die peacefully of old age…but it doesn't always happen that way. Hear about death by omnibus, death by fashion, death by elephant, death by baseball, and death by eight other reasons at this fascinating tour.
Fraternal Orders, Secret Societies, and Symbolism - The popularity of many of these societies was during the years of heaviest immigration. While they honored the traditions of the old country, they also created separation from other groups. Nevertheless, they provided useful services to early immigrants.
Law & Disorder - Attention, disreputable characters and shady ladies! Your presence is requested at the event of the season: LAW AND DISORDER at the Old City Cemetery. Enter a world of drinkers, dancers, gamblers, and gold diggers! Beware the unrepentant sinners and snake-oil salesmen and, by all means, avoid the crooked lawyers! The bad and the bawdy invite you to join them on a moonlight adventure for one night only.
The cost is $25 per ticket. Fee includes a hot dog , a glass of ice cold sarsaparilla, and a floor show at intermission.
Warning: tours may contain adult content.
Saloons and Eateries - In old-time Sacramento bars and restaurants, whether they were stinking tents set up on poles, or fancy buildings with imported marble, you could get almost anything you wanted, just as long as you were willing and able to pay the price.
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? These questions and more, we will attempt to answer as we delve into the Victorian celebration of death. Join us to unlock the secrets hidden in plain sight on these headstones.
Capitol Connections - Every building has its stories and secrets, and California's Capitol Building is no exception. On this tour, we uncover the tales of the movers and shakers, craftsmen and common folks, buried under our feet, who made this dream a reality. Mix in a scandal or two and you have a tour the walls just might give, if they could talk.
Cemetery Adventures for Beginners - 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 who 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.
Misbehaving Politicians - Even before California was a state, its officials were busy fleecing the electorate. Pork barrel legislators, fraudulent election workers, dueling senators and land-grabbing governors are just a few of the nice folks you'll meet.
Patriotism and Sacramentan’s Involvement in U.S. Wars - The cemetery can date one of its residents back to the War of 1812. Come and hear about our forefather's contributions to the making of America.