BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Officers
Bill George
President

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
Vice-President
Christina Richter
Secretary

Christina is the immediate past president of the Roseville Historical Society having served six years as its president and three years as vice president. She authored the book “Walk With Me, I Want to Tell You Something” the story of the pioneer Roseville Fiddyment Family, now in its second printing. She continues to serve on the Placer County Historical Advisory Board.

Her professional background encompasses 15 years of corporate employment including Hewlett-Packard and Nestle Food Company primarily in marketing management. Christina and her husband Mark moved their family from Southern California to our area in 1997 and since that time she has been a freelance writer, editor of Perspectives Art Magazine, Executive Director of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and Community Relations Manager at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Roseville.

History is her passion and she enjoys every opportunity to speak and write about relevant local history topics whenever she can.                  

Joan Gherini
Treasurer
Directors

Steve Beck

Director
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.
Eric Bradner
Director
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.

Melanie Conover

Director
Mark Davidson
Director
Mark Davidson’s interest in history started with his family’s research into its genealogy. His American family tree goes back to Jamestown, Virginia in 1610. Both his fraternal and maternal heritage connect with veterans of the American Revolution. He is a graduate from California State University, Sacramento. He and his wife have grandchildren who are seventh generation Sacramentans. Mark enjoys doing the research and creating artistic support for the many exhibits used within his group presentations that vividly recall the exciting early days of the Golden State.

Marshall Garvey

Director
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 forthcoming 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.  

Darcel Harris Lee

Director
Darcel is the owner of Cal Events, Inc. & Tour and See, Inc. An ITMI Certified Tour Director, she is an expert in event planning and has led tours around the world. She is a seasoned professional with executive and senior level management experience. With more than twenty years of strategic leadership, health care policy/advocacy, marketing/communications and fundraising experience, Darcel is a leader who will help us offer new and exciting programs and activities for our members.

Gregg Lukenbill

Director

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.
Standing Committees

Budget Committee:

Joan Gherini

Membership & Marketing Committee:

Bill George

Darcel Harris Lee

Gregg Lukenbill

Christina Richter

Monthly Programs Committee:

Steve Beck

Publications Committee:

Bill George

Gregg Lukenbill 

ADDRESS

P.O. Box 160065

Sacramento, CA 95816

PHONE

916.899.9871

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