October 1, 2013
Contact: Shannan Velayas
SACRAMENTO - As California Archives Month gets under way, Secretary of State Debra Bowen is inviting Californians to learn about their own history by taking part in the many events hosted by state and local groups that highlight our state’s historical resources.
"Whether you want to research your own family history, have an interest in California's colorful past or want to know more about how our most precious historical records are preserved, Archives Month is a perfect time to discover your inner history scholar," said Secretary Bowen, the custodian of the State Archives.
To celebrate California Archives Month, the Secretary of State’s State Archives Division will host the following events.
Both events are free and will take place at the Secretary of State's State Archives building at 1020 O Street in Sacramento. The California Archives Month poster and additional information is at www.calarchivesmonth.org.
Since 1850, the Secretary of State’s office has been home to the California State Archives, which include the complete records of the official acts of the legislative and executive branches of state government, as well as Golden State history in the form of tens of millions of documents, maps, photographs, film and audio recordings, and other treasures. The State Archives hold approximately 118,000 cubic feet of records in secure, climate-controlled rooms stretching over six floors of a Sacramento building.
For more information about the California State Archives collections and upcoming events, or for assistance in a historical research project, go to www.sos.ca.gov/archives.