BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bill George is a life-long history lover. He grew up in Chicago, and, like many an Illinois boy, was fascinated by Abraham Lincoln. Bill worked his way through college by driving a tour bus, pointing out the magnificent Civil War monuments along Michigan Avenue. As a journalism student at the University of Missouri, Bill produced a film on the 30th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s famous “Iron Curtain” speech delivered at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Bill worked as a television photographer and reporter in Iowa, and produced a five-part series called “Iowa in the Civil War” eight years before Ken Burns’ Civil War aired on PBS. In 1982, Bill was hired to work at KCRA-TV in Sacramento. Following the overland route from Iowa in the dead of winter, Bill crossed Donner Summit and got his first view of the Sacramento Valley, a welcome site after so many desolate miles. At KCRA, Bill served as a producer of special projects, and produced a show with legendary anchorman Stan Atkinson on the Vietnam War which raised funding for the California Veterans Vietnam Memorial in California’s Capitol Park. Bill transitioned to public relations, working in the public and private sectors including a stint as Global Marketing Communications Director at Ford Motor Company.
Bill has produced five documentary films on California history, including “The Hidden Wonder of the World” about the Transcontinental Railroad from Sacramento to Donner Summit. He also wrote “Rails, Tales and Trails,” a companion guide to the film. In 2014 he produced the documentary film, “Newcastle, Gem of the Foothills.” In 2015, he produced “Chinese Builders of Gold Mountain” about the Chinese experience in California from 1849-1875. He followed that up with “Beyond a Miracle,” about the rise of California agriculture, and, in 2018, he produced “The Short, Sweet History of California Strawberries” which also aired on PBS. His latest film is “Sacramento and the Transcontinental Railroad” which explains how Sacramento played a crucial role in connecting the nation by rail. Bill is working to raise awareness of the Sacramento region’s amazing contribution the nation’s history.
Morris Lum was born and raised in Sacramento from kindergarten at Marshall Elementary School, to student-body president at Sutter Jr High School and on to head-photographer for Sacramento High School's yearbook. Morris graduated from Sacramento City College and American River College and started in real estate, eventually becoming a broker in 1976.
Morris' parents grew up near 5th and N street and his grandmother's house was taken by eminent domain at 7th St and Q St. She luckily repurchased into the Southside Park neighborhood. His father served in the Army Air Corp and retired from McClellan AFB as an aircraft mechanic. He raised Morris in the Boulevard Park neighborhood when it was only known for the middle island play area. Morris' uncle was best man to Sacramento's first Chinese city councilman.
Morris took pictures of Gregg Lukenbill as he played football at Sacramento High School. He witnessed the changes and growth in the 5 county area for years. He is a proud graduate of the Sacramento Planning Academy and the Sacramento Management Academy. He has served twice as President for the joint Alhambra Triangle, Newton Booth and Poverty Ridge Neighborhood Associations. In 1992, Morris served as Venerable Master of Kadosh for Sacramento Scottish Rite Masonic Center. He also serves as a direct volunteer to the Development Director of the Shriners Hospital for Children of Sacramento.
Dan Sebby is a fourth-generation member of one of San Luis Obispo County’s pioneer ranching families. He has served over 22 years in the California Army National Guard, including 15 years on active duty, as a combat logistician and troop leader. He served in Europe, Southwest Pacific and Panama during numerous major operations and training exercises. This was followed by 21 years as a member of the California State Guard where he was the leader in the California Military Department’s history and museums programs. This included serving as the director and curator of the California State Military Museum for over seven years, a guest curator at the California State Capitol Museum and Lead Research Historian for the US Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District.
Dan is currently serving as a Military Historian and as the Chief Curator of the California Military Department, responsible for tens of thousands of state and Federally owned artifacts under the Military Department’s control and located throughout the state as well as the primary planner for the reestablishment of the California State Military Museum. He is one of the leading experts on the military history of California.
David Ballard spent the majority of his life in Los Angeles prior to moving to Sacramento in 1996. Whereas Los Angeles had little regard for its historical treasures and was prone to bulldozing them almost as soon as they were built, in the Sacramento region he found a much more focused orientation to historical preservation and has been interested in becoming more involved in the effort. He is a board member of the Colusa County Historical Society and a member of 9 other historical societies in the northern California region. He recently retired after 23 years as CEO of a local nonprofit and is eager to put his interest to work for SHS. He has a BA degree in Sociology from Cal State Northridge and a Masters Degree in Social Welfare from UCLA. He lives in Carmichael and is particularly interested in the history, culture and architecture reflected in regional cemeteries, immigration to California prior to the Gold Rush, and California in the 1970’s.
Steve Beck created, developed, managed, and participated in “Pioneer Living History programs at Sutter’s Fort SHP for more than 20 years.” He managed the Sutter’s Fort Archives for six years as archivist for the Sacramento Historic Sites Association. Steve has also been a school teacher and managed the educational programming at Sutter’s Fort for 15 years. Steve has contributed to multiple books and articles about California History, and he has appeared on PBS, Discovery Channel, and the History Channel. He currently appears regularly on an award winning California History program broadcast on the Access Sacramento Channel. Many of his history videos may be viewed at www.livinginthewest.com. Steve also gives presentations to schools, clubs, and other organizations on a variety of human history, natural history, and anthropology topics. Steve also contributes to a “history camp” (www.wagonswest.org ) that offers schools and organizations a chance to experience life as it was in the 19th Century. Steve is a graduate of West Georgia State University and California State University Sacramento and holds degrees in Rhetoric, Anthropology, and Geology.
Sacramento-based historian and artist Eric Bradner is active in the Old City Cemetery Committee, the Sacramento Historical Society and the Punk Rock Sewing Circle. Eric has done walking tours on subjects as different as Drugs in the Old West, 1890s bicyclists and the 1980s punk rock movement. He continues his compulsive research to map the obscure and forgotten corners of our recent past, whether you like it or not. He is currently attempting to incorporate his love of Victorian imagery into his paintings.
A graduate of UC Davis with a B.A. in history in 2014, Marshall Garvey joined the Sacramento Historical Society as an intern that same month. One year later, he was elected to the Board of Directors in August 2015. Marshall has many writing and history endeavors, including his Presidents Baseball educational card franchise and his new book, The Hidden History of Sacramento Baseball. He is the lead editor of the Sacramento-based gaming website Last Token Gaming, and a full-time baseball writer at Dodgers Nation. He is also currently a producer at Access Sacramento for the forthcoming video game variety show Game Players United.
A vital force in the SHS, Gregg has left his mark on Sacramento and is himself a prominent figure in Sacramento History. A native Sacramentan, he was born at Mercy Hospital and is a graduate of CSU Sacramento with a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Gregg was a prime mover in the Sacramento group that purchased the Kansas City Kings in 1983. The team then relocated to Sacramento for its inaugural 1985-86 season, and in the eyes of many, “put Sacramento on the map.” Gregg has been fascinated by Sacramento history since he was a child. He has traveled the country in search of history, visiting several National Parks and monuments. At SHS, Gregg was the prime mover in creating the “Enlightenment Awards” that recognized outstanding local residents for their contributions to the area. He is deeply involved in preserving and enhancing the
“Golden Notes” collection in the Society’s archives, a prime source of information on the history of the West and the Gold Rush.
*We currently have a Board of Director opening. To apply, download the SHS application here.
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