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History Museum to Present “America’s Monsters, Superheroes and Villains: Our Culture at Play” Exhibition, Opening August 9

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The Sacramento History Museum at the Old Sacramento Waterfront is proud to present “America’s Monsters, Superheroes and Villains: Our Culture at Play,” an engaging exhibition of vintage toys and more from SuperMonsterCity!, opening August 9, 2024, and continuing through January 7, 2025.

This uniquely engaging exhibition is filled with more than 400 vintage and original toys, comic books, games, posters, packaging, television commercials, movie trailers and more, featuring iconic monsters, superheroes, and villains of American popular culture. This expansive exhibition will be displayed throughout the museum’s ground floor and in the third floor R. Burnett and Mimi Miller Gallery.

This eclectic display of toys, comic books, games, posters, packaging, media and more, are derived from collector and SuperMonsterCity! co-founder David Barnhill’s private collection of an estimated 200,000 objects. Featured are iconic monsters, superheroes, and villains such as Frankenstein, Dracula, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Joker, Storm, Green Goblin, Captain Marvel, as well as Star Trek, Star Wars and more.

Exhibit curator and SuperMonsterCity! co-founder Stephen Rueff’s informative didactics highlight how these characters became symbols of America’s global identity and touchstones for American youth as they navigated social tensions, from post-World War II, through the 1960’s and into the Cold War Era.

Appealing to all ages, the exhibition profiles many creators, designers, and artists such as: Stan Lee, Bob Kane, and Todd McFarlane, along with vintage toys from Mattel, Hasbro, Aurora, Marx, and more.

The “America’s Monsters, Superheroes and Villains: Our Culture at Play” exhibit is included with museum admission. Located at 101 I Street at the Old Sacramento Waterfront, the Sacramento History Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). For more information about the new exhibit and/or other exhibits and programs offered by the Sacramento History Museum, please visit www.sachistorymuseum.org.

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Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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