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Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Committee

Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Committee

A stunning museum of art, history, and horticulture dating back to 1849. This site is administered by the nonprofit Old City Cemetery Committee, Inc.

Stop the Presses! From the newspaper’s morgue, where old papers go to die, to the real thing, come to Sacramento’s Historic City Cemetery and get the exclusive scoop on the amazing women who headlined Sacramento’s early years. This is one Feature you don’t want to miss! The link to purchase tickets is in the comments. See MoreSee Less
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September 21, 1879On this day in 1879, May Hollister Woolsey passed away at the age of 12 of viral encephalitis, likely stemming from a mosquito bite. May’s grieving parents, Luther and Mary Woolsey, consulted spiritualists in an attempt to communicate with their only daughter. They later gathered up May’s childhood belongings, placed them in a trunk, and sealed it in a wall under the staircase of their home at 916 E Street in Downtown Sacramento, creating a time capsule of a child’s life in Sacramento in the 1870s.The trunk was discovered 100 years later when a new owner of the house was doing renovations. The trunk’s contents, over 600 items, offer a rare glimpse of life in Sacramento during the 1870s. May’s gravesite is one of the most visited gravesites in the Old City Cemetery with many visitors leaving toys at her headstone. The May Woolsey trunk, in addition to a selection of objects once stored inside it, is on exhibit on the third floor of the Sacramento History Museum and is the focus of our History Mystery school program.Photographs of the May Woolsey exhibit at our museum and her gravesite at the Old City Cemetery.#OnThisDay #TodayInHistory #sacramento See MoreSee Less
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