Plow-to-Plate Dinner – 2018

Saturday, 22 September:

Plow-to-Plate Diner and Entertainment (6:00 – 9:00 pm). The LMML Foundation has partnered with the Elk Grove Historical Society to produce an evening of fine dining using only high quality produce from our area with entertainment using the foundation’s collection of oral history’s from local families. It will be held under tents and in front of the stage at the Elk Grove Historical Society’s Heritage Park Museum. (All for only $80/person).


Tickets by CREDIT CARD:   Click here to purchase tickets.

Tickets by CHECK: Make out check to Elk Grove Historical Society, P.O.Box 562, Elk Grove, CA 95759. ATTN: Plow-to-Plate

We will respond with your ticket number(s). Deadline to purchase tickets is two weeks prior by Saturday, September 8.

For pictures from our 2017 event click here.

The Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation is proud to partner with the Elk Grove Historical Society for the annual Plow-to-Plate dinner. The Foundation will be producing the entertainment which will include live music throughout the event by the Foundation String Quartet. The highlight of the evening will be the Foundation’s annual live Play Reading which retells an oral history story captured and recorded by the Foundation in the previous year.

The performance will be presented by the Foundation Players, a cast and crew of current and former TheaterWORKS students of Sheldon High School. This year the performance will portray the story of the Elk Grove Book Club.

Founded in 1937 by ten Elk Grove women, the Elk Grove Book Club is one of the oldest, continuously operating book clubs in the country. It is also the oldest book club in the country founded by and with exclusive membership of women. The Foundation is honored to portray the story of the Elk Grove Book Club.


Pinkerton Picnic in the Park honoring the Herberger Family

Sunday, September 23:

The next day, in the same spot, at the museum from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. – Museum tours and historic activities and games for the children begin at 10:30 and continue until 1:00, then a picnic at 11:30 in honor of the Herberger Family. The Herberger Family developed the local newspapers and have been involved in many aspects of the community. The events, tours, historic children activities and games are free and start at 10:30. There will be an ice cream social available to make your own ice cream sundae’s for $2 each.

You can bring your own lunch to the picnic or order a catered lunch by Cooks & Canes below:

*$10.00 for adults consisting of a hamburger or brat sandwich, potato salad, pasta salad, watermelon, cookie and a drink.
*$5.00 for child (10 and under) consisting of hamburger or hot dog, watermelon, cookie and a drink.
Deadline to purchase lunch tickets is Saturday, September 8

Tickets by CREDIT CARD:   Click here to purchase adult lunch tickets.       Click here to purchase child lunch tickets.

Tickets by CHECK: Make out check to Elk Grove Historical Society, P.O.Box 562, Elk Grove, CA 95759, ATTN: Pinkerton Picnic

We will respond with a ticket number(s). Deadline to purchase lunch tickets is two weeks prior by Saturday, September 8.


Mahon Ranch Hops and Brew Fest

Friday, September 28

The afternoon will be an evening (4:00 pm to 10:00 pm) celebrating the history of hops. It will be held at the Mahon Ranch at 10171 Grantline Road, Elk Grove, 95624  featuring displays and activities that will depict the historic hop farming operations of the area. First brewing of beer produced from local hops will be available in addition to other brew vendors, food, hayrides, music, and dancing. Proceeds will go to the LMML Foundation to help continue their efforts to record and preserve local histories from families and individuals of our community. ($45 /person covers all activities except  purchase of beer and food.)

Tickets by CREDIT CARD: Click here to purchase tickets.

Tickets by CHECK: Make out check to Elk Grove Historical Society, P.O.Box 562, Elk Grove, CA 95759. ATTN: Brew & Hop Fest

We will respond with a ticket number(s). You may purchase tickets at the door, but would prefer an early purchase.

Dreaming Dog Brewery will be creating a new beer using hops from the Mahon Ranch, labeled Elk Grove K9 California Lager. This is a traditional California Lager style beer using Elk Grove grown hops. They will be donating $1 from all sales of this beer to the Elk Grove Police K9 Association, which was established to support the retired Elk Grove Police Department dogs. Their hope/goal is to raise approximately $1000 for this association.



History Week – 2nd Annual

Saturday, September 22 through Saturday, September 29

History Week will annually always be the last week of September to highlight and share Elk Grove history throughout the community. Business, organizations, schools, or anyone are encouraged to produce and schedule anything related to that goal on any day they please. There is no specific reoccurring or continuous event at this time other than the Plow to Plate Dinner and Entertainment venue on the first day (Saturday) of celebration and Pinkerton Picnic in the Park on the second day (Sunday). Other than the dinner, it is up to others to develop their own traditions.

History week was the brainchild of David Lema. He was married to Lind Mae Mahon Lema (LMML) of the pioneering Mahon family on Grantline Road who passed away in 2016. They were both very much part of the local history, so when Linda passed, Dave decided to honor their passion by starting to record the oral history’s of the local residents before they were lost. The recordings are very enlightening and entertaining and are just beginning to be posted on the LMMLfoundation.com website. From the idea of recording history before its gone spurred Dave to promote our history that developed into History Week. He felt history is the roots of our community and joining in the participation of it seemed away for the community to connect.Tickets by


FYI – To your right is a menu, please locate the “History Week Calendar 2018 – 2nd Annual”  to view information about the various events we are aware of. Many are free and child inclusion. Please enjoy!


  Black Tie & Santa        

Old Fashion Christmas Preview Night 2018

Sunday, November, 25

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Stage Stop Museum

9941 East Stockton Boulevard. Elk Grove, CA 95624

Please join us for a preview of all eight beautifully decorated historically themed rooms at the Stage Stop Museum. It will be an evening of merriment and delight.

Wine and Hors D’oeuvres – Silent Auction -$40 per person

Tickets by Credit Card: purchase here

Tickets by Check: Send to Elk Grove Historical Society, P.O. Box 562, Elk Grove, CA 95759




13th Annual An Old Fashion Christmas

After the Black Tie & Santa preview night, the 9-room museum will be open every weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) in December to enjoy the Holiday excitement which includes free tours, beautiful Victorian decorations, garland, several lighted Christmas trees, much merriment, and a visit with *Santa Clause. Children can decorate a large cookie with frosting and edible decorations.

Museum entrance fee is $5.00 per person. Free parking.

Heritage Park is located at 9941 East Stockton Blvd at the west entrance into the Elk Grove Regional Park.

Friday hours: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Saturday’s & Sunday’s hours: noon – 5:00

Dec 1, Dec 2.

Dec 7, Dec 8, Dec 9

Dec 14, Dec 15, Dec 16

Dec 21, Dec 22, Dec 23

* Santa will be at the museum only on Saturday’s and Sunday’s and leaves at 5:00 pm to get back to the North Pole. Please have children signed in by 4:45 if they want to see Santa. Professional photos available at $15. Thank you.


Elk Grove Heritage Park

We are located at 9941 East Stockton Blvd., adjacent to the west entrance of Elk Grove Regional Park, Heritage Park gives visitors the experience of  looking into the past and the rich history of the city of Elk Grove. The park grounds consists of the 1950 Elk Grove House and Stage Stop Museum, the 1912 San Joaquin Township Justice Court and Jail, the 1853 Foulks House, the 1854 Reese school, the Dennis Buscher Plaza, bathroom facilities and lawns. The park is open for FREE tours every first Saturday of each month from noon to 4:00 pm or upon request.

Phone:  916-685-8115

E-Mail:  eghs@elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 562, Elk Grove, CA 95759


Original Elk Grove House

1850 Elk Grove House and Stage Stop Museum

The main feature is the reconstructed Elk Grove House & Stage Stop, built in 1850 by James Hall, the founding father  of Elk Grove.

Sitting along the historic Monterey Trail, the original building was torn down in 1957 for a Highway 99 expansion project.  Reconstructed by the Elk Grove Historical Society from drawings and pictures, the building now houses many exhibits from the Elk Grove area.  In addition to the exhibits, visitors will see what a public house would have looked like in 1850, when California first became a state, with a ladies parlor, a men’s tavern, kitchen, several bedrooms and ballroom.  Here the visitor can view artifacts from early settlers of the region.  The exhibits are changed frequently and a special display is done every Christmas.

The museum has a Research Library, which holds the largest collection in California of documents, books, photographs and artifacts from the Elk Grove area. Its open to the public by appointment.


1912 San Joaquin Township Justice Court and Jail

The original San Joaquin Township Justice Court also sits on the museum grounds.  Built in 1912, this building served the towns of Elk Grove, Sheldon, Florin and surrounding areas until the mid 1940s.  Here you will find the last two remaining cells from the original 1850 Sacramento County Jail.  The cells came from the prison ship La Grange that was moored at the mouth of the Sacramento River upstream from H Street.


1853 Foulks House

The 1853 Foulks House is currently  being restored on the museum grounds.  The Foulks House is the oldest remaining residence in Elk Grove.  It was built by  Euphemia Foulks, a widow, who with her five children crossed the plains by wagon train in 1852.  The family went on to become prominent Elk Grove citizens.



1884 Reese School

The Reese School has served the area around Florin, including the Japanese fruit farming families of the area. It is the last known remaining one-room schoolhouse in the EGUS District. It has been moved to the Heritage Park grounds in 2007, fund raisers continue, and plans have been submitted for restoration.



1872 Rhoads School

We also operate the Rhoads School, a restored prairie school.  Opened in May of 1872, the school was named after John P. Rhoads, who arrived in California from Illinois in 1846.  The relocation of the Rhoads School from Sloughhouse Road to  Elk Grove Park was completed on July 4, 1977.  On July 4, 2002, the Rhoads School celebrated its 25th anniversary in Elk Grove Park.  Today the Rhoads School serves two purposes.  It is a Living History Program for school classes in the Sacramento County area, and it is also a museum that is open to the public on the first Saturday of every month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and for  special events that are held in Elk Grove Park.


The Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway passed through Elk Grove in front of the Elk Grove House & Stage Stop Museum on what is now East Stockton Blvd.