The Military History of Sacramento: From the Mexican-American War to COVID-19
Time & Location
About The Event
Date: Tuesday, Jan 26th
Program Time: 7:00PM
To most Sacramentans, the Sacramento region's military history begins with Mather Field in 1918 and the closure of that installation and the Army Depot and McClellan AFB in the 1990s. But SHS Board Member Sgt. Maj. Dan Sebby argues there is so much more, dating back to the Mexican era. How many remember the National Guard Armory at 12th and W Streets? Or that Sacramento Executive Airport operated as an Army Air Field during World War II? Franklin and Lincoln Auxiliary Fields are distant memories for some. The Civil War’s Camp Union in what is now Land Park and the Mexican Border Crisis of 1916 that resulted in Camp Hiram Johnson being established in Capitol Park are only known to Sacramento’s historical community and few others.
But upon closer examination, we find that our county has a rich military history. Starting with John Sutter’s commission as an officer in the Mexican Army to today’s Global War on Terrorism, Sacramento, the military has played an integral part in the area’s history. Sacramentans such as then Col. Roy Green, who accepted the surrender of the Japanese forces in Korea, are not known to most of our residents.
In this presentation, we will only begin to scratch the surface of this field of history that could take over many months of talks.
All registrants will receive a Zoom link via email a day prior to the start of the program. Click on the link included in that email to view the program live on Jan 26th at 7:00PM.
Registration is required. First come, first serve. A system capacity limit may be necessary.
Member - Free
Non-Member - $5
**There is a $2 convenience fee for credit/debit card purchases.
SHS Board Member Sgt. Maj. Dan Sebby is a fourth-generation native of San Luis Obispo from one of the oldest cattle ranching and farming families in the region. He joined the California National Guard in 1976 and entered active duty in 1978, specializing in combat logistics, and later logistical war planning focused on the defense of the southern states of then West Germany. He has served throughout the US, Europe, Panama, and Australia. In 1998, he transitioned into the leadership team for the California Military Department’s military history and museum programs. From 2007 to 2013, he served as director and curator of the California State Military Museum in Old Sacramento.
Today he serves as Chief Curator of the California Military Department, responsible for all the artifacts located in over 50 National Guard armories, four Air National Guard bases, Camp Roberts, Camp San Luis Obispo, and Joint Forces Base Los Alamitos. He is also widely recognized as a subject matter expert on the military history of California.
Sgt. Maj. Sebby and his wife Cheryl live in the Greenhaven-Pocket neighborhood of Sacramento.
- SHS Member Ticket$0$00$0
- Non-Member Ticket$7$70$0