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Indian Artifacts on Display at Revitalized Sacramento Museum

Magazine article Sunset

Indian Artifacts on Display at Revitalized Sacramento Museum

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Indian artifacts on display at revitalized Sacramento museum

Nearly 150 volunteers--most of them Native Americans--recently spent two years completing the first official rehabilitation of the California State Indian Museum at Sutter's Fort in Sacramento.

A state grant of $200,000 covered new plumbing, wiring, and air conditioning. Only $25,000 was left to update old exhibits and add new ones. A call went out for help, and the public responded with ideas, time, and money to upgrade the museum's contents. Most of the major improvements were finished last September, with the exhibit receiving finishing touches just last month. Almost a third of the volunteers continue to support the museum as docents.

The museum traces its origins to Benjamin Hathaway's private collection of baskets, tools, and regalia, which was displayed at the State Capitol in the 1930s. The collection moved to its current site in 1940, and after 10 years of public display the state bought it in 1950. …

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