Training & Workshops

Beyond a Miracle: Creating California's Empire of Agriculture

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Sacramento County Historical Society
Description: "Beyond a Miracle, Creating California's Empire of Agriculture" tells the dynamic story of the agriculture pioneers who shaped the state's farm heritage. Battling the weather, isolation and destructive mining, California agriculture rose to become a world leader in food quality and diversity. This historical documentary film takes you to the mountains, rivers and valleys where farmers struggled to plant and harvest crops. You will see how they survived droughts, floods and other disasters to set the world standard for agriculture production. You should also enjoy seeing all this on the SCHS super sized film screen.

A member of the SCHS Board, Bill has been fascinated with culture, history and travel for many years. He was a tour director in Chicago while working his way through college. He became a television journalist, later transitioning to public relations. In 2010 he formed Nimbus Films to tell the story of the building of the first intercontinental railroad over the Sierra Nevada. Bill followed that with a film portrait of Newcastle, California, one of the most important agriculture, railroad and gold rush towns. Next came a documentary film about the Chinese experience in California. Because there are many great documentary films about the west, Bill launched the Golden West Film Festival in 2014 in the Gold Rush town of Auburn, California.