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Phoebe Apperson Hearst

Tuesday, December 27 at 6:30 pm

Join us for a discussion with author Alexandra Nickliss in discussing the life of Phoebe Apperson Hearst - one of the most influential women of the 19th Century. Available in person and via Zoom. 


RSVP today through the links below!

Through The Inspirational Literary Genius of Sacramento’s Joan Didion

Our Joan Didion inspired our Greta Gerwig, her Sacramento movie “Lady Bird”, and will be showcased as a literary visionary to future generations of aspiring Sacramento City College  student youth.


The Sacramento Historical Society, Sacramento City College (SCC), Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Kings

Chris and David Lucchetti, Sofia and Angelo Tsakopolous, Eleni and Markos Kounalakis, Matina and Sotiris Kolokotronis, Mimi Miller, Marcy and Mark Friedman's, David Townsend, Wayne Thiebaud Foundation, James McClatchy Foundation, Ritz and Tom Naygrow, Sandra and Art Bauer, Ruth Rosenberg and Joseph Gibson, Cheryl and Dan Sebby, Sally and Gregg Lukenbill, and Maurice Read;

In contributing to the $100,000 Joan Didion Sculpture and Sac City College Scholarship Fund.

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Sacramento River, Donner Lake & Sierra Nevada

“They have been to Los Angeles or to San Francisco. Have driven through a giant redwood and have seen the Pacific glazed by the afternoon sun of Big Sur, and they naturally tend to believe that they have in fact been to California.


They have not been and probably never will …”

Joan Didion

Sacramento, CA Native

“Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never spent a Christmas in Sacramento.”

Joan Didion
Sacramento, CA Native

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Inspiring, and motivating future generations toward an improved quality of life through enlightened higher education has been the aspiration of the parental American Dream since the founding.  Sacramento’s Joan Didion was a descendant daughter of both the American Revolution (DAR), and a Donner Party wagon train migration family that diverted, at the Humboldt Sink, to Oregon Territory in 1846, and barely survived being snowbound in the Cascade Mountains.  Eight generations of Joan’s extraordinary family history cast a deep reservoir of personal nationwide historical culture shaping Joan’s unique “literary sculpting” of every word of her writing.  Her every thought observed, encompassed and reflected the essence of Americans from coast to coast.  Her genetically gifted lifelong work is nationally celebrated in books, movies, and national awards.  She embodies the inspirational archetype of a nationally celebrated American Woman. 


The SCC Literary Scholarship endowment will reward and encourage hundreds of future City College students.  Please join us in celebrating this groundbreaking Sacramento moment showcasing Joan, and our Sacramento History.  Lisa Reinertson’s life size sculpture immortalizing Joan Didion greeting visitors to the Sacramento Room will inspire and motivate students for generations to come as Lisa posed in the upper left picture.  SHS is concurrently in pursuit with the Center for Sacramento History in locating Joan’ papers here.


Please make checks payable to Sacramento Historical Society or simply, SHS & Note: Didion Project. 

Mail to: SHS 1081 38th Street.  Sacramento, CA 95816

Or click on the Donate Button Below

Any questions please call:  Gregg Lukenbill, SHS Vice President    916-799-2400

Welcome to the Sacramento Historical Society!

For more than 60 years, this organization has brought together people like you to preserve and promote Sacramento's golden history. As home of the first transcontinental railroad, the Pony Express, the first transcontinental telegraph and the center of the Gold Rush, the Sacramento region has a treasure trove of history to appreciate and discover.

We hope you will consider joining the Society now. We have many fascinating programs for you to enjoy and continue to add new amenities to our home at Columbus Hall, including a bar, snacks, and television monitors to make viewing the programs even more enjoyable. We will also continue to add new members-only programs, and are planning tours to historic sites in our beautiful region.

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