When the California Agricultural Society launched what became today’s State Fair in 1854, consumers were already comfortable with purchasing the American canning industry’s tinned foodstuffs. Nevertheless, expertise at home crafts won high honors at the annual fairs in the 19th century. In 1858, Mrs. Margaret Continue reading State Fair Food Crafts
Founded in May 1854 by an act of the legislature, the State Agricultural Society was effective from inception, and its annual fairs were quite successful—but for a time it had no permanent home. The fairs traveled between San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton and Marysville until 1859, when Sacramento became the site of all subsequent annual exhibitions, and also the Continue reading Cal Expo
Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence publicly announced to the world the unanimous decision of the American colonies to declare themselves free and independent states, absolved from any allegiance to Great Britain. Though eloquent, the Declaration was only a statement of intent; a bloody, eleven-year war followed. Today, remember the thousands who gave their lives for our liberty…and stay safe while you celebrate our nation’s birthday.
George Stoneman was born in Busti, New York, on August 28, 1822. He attended Jamestown Academy in Jamestown, New York, and graduated with high honors from Point Military Academy in 1842. He served in the Mexican-American War, commanding the San Francisco Presidio in 1848 and 1849. Later, Continue reading Governor #15, Stoneman
California’s future 14th governor ran away from the family farm at a young age to hide on a departing vessel, dreaming of one day becoming a ship captain. Not discovered until the ship had sailed, George Clement Perkins spent the next four years at sea. Arriving in San Francisco as the fevered “rush” part of the Gold Rush was Continue reading Governor #14, Perkins