Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Old Sacramento Living History Program?

The Old Sacramento Living History Program is a volunteer organization whose goal is to educate, while entertaining, the public on the streets of Old Sacramento, California. This program will insure that Sacramento's heritage will be kept alive through the historical recreation of the individuals, events and activities of Sacramento's rich history during the time period of 1848 to 1870 with a heavy emphasis on the Gold Rush Era and the years 1848 to 1858.

What does OSLHP do?

The Old Sacramento Living History Program participates in and supports events in Old Sacramento. Most members adopt the roll of a specific Sacramento historical personality; while others provide background help and support.

How will I benefit from participating in this program?

As a member of the Old Sacramento Living History Program you will meet new friends and participate in a worthwhile endeavor. You can give of yourself to a cause you believe in. You will receive appreciation and respect for your commitment, professionalism, talent and integrity.

How do I become a member of The Old Sacramento Living History Program?

Becoming a member of this wonderful and exciting organization is simple process:

  • Contact the Old Sacramento Living History Program Office and request a Membership Application or (download the membership application). Complete the Membership Application and return it the to Old Sacramento Living History Program Office.
  • Attend an orientation meeting and suggested training workshops.
  • Begin researching a character to portray.
  • Submit a request for approval for your character.
  • Get yourself a costume and you're on your way!

What kind of training is available?

Volunteers are required to complete 18 hours of training. A series of workshops will be held on the following topics:

  • Sacramento History Research
  • Costuming
  • Language
  • Etiquette
  • Character Development
  • Improvisation
  • 19th Century Medicine

What are the time requirements?

Volunteers are asked to give six (6) hours per month (averaged over three months). This may be accomplished through a combination of the following:

  • Attend the monthly meeting - 2 hrs. Conduct character/costume research - unlimited
  • Perform a specified function (being an officer, coordinator, etc.)
  • Conduct a research project for the group's benefit
  • Other activities as arranged

How much does it cost to participate?

There are no due or fees the first year. You will have to provide your own costume, which can be as expensive or modest as your character requires.

Where do I get a costume?

You can buy, rent or make your costume. Costume help is provided by experienced members who share their knowledge of, and provide assistance with, costume research construction.

Do I need a character?

We require our costumed members to choose a historical character who lived in, or traveled through, Sacramento during the historical period we cover (1848 to 1870). A "generic" character such as a merchant, dressmaker, farmer, etc., is acceptable on a limited basis. We also expect reasonable authenticity.
We also accept non-costumed members for those who choose to work "behind-the-scenes" doing research, administrative support, etc.

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