The Sacramento Historical Society Gift Shop is the perfect place to discover and take home a piece of Sacramento's hidden history.

Browse books, DVDs, and the Society's many publications, all of which explore

the rich and exciting history of California's capital city. Your purchases support SHS efforts to preserve the heritage of the Sacramento region and promote a greater awareness of Sacramento's regional and national history.

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New in Shop

Rails, Tales and Trails

Parts 1 - 4

By Bill George

A new series of four Golden Notes derived entirely from the original work Rails, Tales and Trails by Bill George.


The series, conveniently divided by locality, is a step-by-step guide to secret locations, fascinating people and historic towns of the old Central Pacific Railroad from Sacramento to Reno.

Sacramento History on DVD

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By Mary A. Helmich with Kevin V. Bunker

Nine years in the making, with more than 515 pictures and illustrations, A Legacy in Brick & Iron provides a fully comprehensive review of the development of the historic Sacramento railroad shops initially constructed by the Central Pacific Railroad and then fully developed by the Southern Pacific Railroad.

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By Daniel E. Winkelman, Robert D. Livingston, and Rowena Wise Day

Sacramento Pioneers of Power and Light tells the story of how the Gold Rush led to the development of electrical power. The Folsom Power House was one of the earliest alternating current power plants in the United States. In 1895 it opened and operated as the longest transmission lines of any power plant in North America. It produced power and sent it 22 miles to Sacramento. That was the longest power transmission in the U.S. until that time. Experimental single-phase alternating current power stations were first built in the US in the mid 1880s. Ten years later the work of many engineers culminated into the work at the Folsom Power House, the facility was one of the first equipped with three phase 60 cycle power, the same type of power we use today.

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