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Waiting to be told

9/21/2018
The story of Sacramento's first councilwoman, Luella Johnston
 
The Sacramento Room has some remarkable stories in its collections just waiting to be told. When Nick Heidorn of Sacramentality.com visited to research the 1911 City Charter earlier this year, he came across the forgotten story of Sacramentan Luella Johnston, the first woman elected to a City Council in California. 
 
The discovery spurred him on to research and write an in-depth series of blog posts on Johnston’s civic activism, her work on Sacramento’s city council, and her re-election and later life. Heidorn’s posts soon caught the attention of Councilwoman Angelique Ashby, who worked with the Library to host a tea and Sacramento Room tour in Johnston’s honor on March 18 as part of Women’s History Month. Copies of the blog posts in book form circulated at the event, and the renewed interest in Johnston’s life and service culminated in naming Sacramento’s historic City Hall chambers the Luella Johnston Hearing Room. 
 
Events planned to mark women’s suffrage
Luella Johnston is just one of many pioneering women from Sacramento’s past, and the Sacramento Room is home to a rich collection of archival resources that tell their stories. As 2019-2020 will mark the centennial of women’s suffrage at the national level, the library will be hosting programs on Sacramento’s women pioneers. On October 6, 2018, for Sacramento Archives Crawl, the Sacramento Room will present a program on Amanda Preuss, an auto adventurer who set the speed record (for man or woman) traveling across the United States alone by car in 1916. And in the summer of 2020, the Sacramento Room will host several talks by local historians in celebration of the centennial of the suffrage amendment’s ratification.
 
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