Phone:  916-685-8115

E-Mail:  eghs@elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com

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

We are located at 9941 East Stockton Blouevard, 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 & Stage Stop Museum, the 1912 San Joaquin Township Justice Court and Jail, the 1853 Foulks House, the 1884 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.

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Speaker Presentation

“The Early Native Cultures in Elk Grove”

by David Stuart

Monday, March 18th at 6:30 pm

David Stuart is back again for our next General meeting Presentation about the Miwok/Maidu/Yokuts Native American early culture in our area. He will take us back 13,000 years ago to the beginning of the culture, then start 5,000 years ago when it began in our area. The presentation is about an hour long and will be on Monday, March 18th at 6:30 pm at our usual place, the Presbyterian Church at 8153 Elk Grove Boulevard, Suite 50. Its almost across from the Falls Event Center, turn north on to Big Horn and it’s behind the Chevron Station. Its a FREE event and the public is invited. We have cookies and water.




Early California Days

March 23-24, 2019     10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Elk Grove Regional Park at Rotary Grove & Pavilion

The Mormon Battalion, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, New York Volunteers, Sutter Fort’s Docents & Staff, and Fife & Drum Band including their Mobile Education unit are just some of the groups presenting typical historical period reenactments with musket firings, hands on demonstrations (blacksmith making horse shoes, prairie baking, crafting, etc.) and booths, Covered wagon rides, Stagecoach, and historical presentations given all day at the pavilion

A whole two days of FREE activities for the whole family to enjoy. Parking $10


This is the program of scheduled events:


A part of the weekends activities will be speakers giving half hour historic presentations throughout the day in the Pavilion. Check the above program above for times and topics. Enjoy the credentials of our speakers…




STEVE BECK – Has a Bachelor of Science degrees in Anthropology and Geology from Sacramento State and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric from West Georgia State University and is a local, author, anthropologist, and historian. Since 1997 he has worked in a variety of positions at Sutter’s Fort State Park and for the last 12 years has directed the Environmental Living History Program where school’s spend 24 hours overnight at the fort. He has written many articles and contributed to many books about various historical events in California. He has appeared in numerous programs including the History Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS, Sacramento Public Access to name a few. He has received many awards, has been keynote speaker at many conventions, been on many panels and has given presentations on multiple occasions including the Elk Grove Historical Society. We are honored that he has taken time from his busy schedule to contribute to this two day event.



MARK DAVIDSON – Graduated from CSU Sacramento and has grandchildren that are seventh generation Sacramentans. The family arrived here in 1850 from Germany and the family plot is located at the Historic Old Cemetery at the end of Broadway. Mark’s interest in local and California history has grown substantially within his 30 years in the California Title Searching industry. Presently his interest is to share the “back stories” of the fascinating people and events he has researched from the early days of California’s colorful past. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento History Society.


ROBERTA TANNER – Roberta is a CPA with a special interest in history. She is the Northern California Regional Representative of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and is on the Board of the California Pioneer Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving California history through teaching, restoring, and the preservation of pioneer structures. She is one of several contributing authors of the book “Discovery of Gold” which is the student workbook accompanying the movie shown at Coloma State Park, “More Precious Than Gold.” Presently, she is the Director of the Rhoads School in the Elk Grove Park. She is also Head Docent for the Living History Program and manages between 17-20 classes per year herself. She oversees the Sloughhouse Cemetery, conducts docent lead tour, and has become an expert on all who are buried there, including John Rhoads for whom the school is named and was one of the rescuers of the Donner Party. Her wealth of knowledge, multitude of enjoyable stories and detail of events is impressive and entertaining.



RICHARD HUSSEY – Rich is our own Elk Grove High School 1966 graduate and has been writing since 1969. He has been a California history student for 55 years and a gold prospector for over 30 years. His book, “Kanaka” is based on his families history about a young boy who grows up in Hawaii, but travels to California to find gold during the rush. He is a professional gold panner and has entered numerous international competitions throughout the world, placing very high in some. He lives in Sacramento with his wife Jean and has finally involved her into the competitive aspect of the sport. We appreciate his expertise and first hand experience.


This is the program of scheduled events for the Main Stage:

Main Stage



MICHAEL Harris – Michael, a product of the Elk Grove Unified School District, Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz and Union Institute, Cincinnati, OH and a lifelong student of California and Pan African History.  He currently serves as Co-Chair of the California Black Agriculture Working Group and Past President, California Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association.  Today, he continues to develop the Leidesdorff Ranch Project here in Sacramento County and throughout the Pan African Diaspora.  Leidesdorff Ranch was a vast cattle and wheat agribusiness enterprise established in 1844 as part of Rancho Rio De Los Americanos, Mexican Land Grant of 35,500 acres, owned by Honorable William Alexander Leidesdorff, Jr., “African Founding Father of California.”  Mr. Harris is also Chair of Friends of Negro Bar, Folsom Lake Recreational Area, where he continues a 25+ year effort to research, document, preserve and interpret Pan African Heritage along the American River Parkway (1840-1875.)




Speaker Presentation

“Early California Cattle Empires”

by Mark Davidson

Monday, April 15th at 6:30 pm

Our next General meeting Presentation will be about the creation and use of the early cattle empties, especially about the Vaqueros. The presentation is about an hour long and will be on Monday, April 15th at 6:30 pm at our usual place, the Presbyterian Church at 8153 Elk Grove Boulevard, Suite 50. Its almost across from the Falls Event Center, turn north on to Big Horn and it’s behind the Chevron Station. Its a FREE event and the public is invited. We have cookies and water.


Bus Trip



The buildings we will visit are the Locke Boarding House Museum and Visitors Center, Gambling Hall, Chinese School, Memorial Park & Monument, Chinese Cultural Shop, Locke Art Center, Strange Cargo Art & Collectibles, two Art Studios, several Chinese shops and of course restaurants for lunch.


The public is invited and is offered for their benefit


Lunch is not included in the price of the trip, but there are two restaurants in town you can opt to eat at; The Chinese Garden Restaurant or at Al’s Place (Al the Wops). Each restaurant is willing to accommodate a large group, but they need a head count to make sure they have enough staff for a big group. Remember we need to know the restaurant you choose when you register for the trip. Below are the lunch menu’s from the two restaurant that may help you decide. Pricing does not include gratuity or tax.


Garden Chinese Restaurant:

Large portion family style. ($17 for everything below)

Appetizeres: Veggie egg rolls and pot stickers

Entree: Pork fried rice, Cashew chicken, Sweet & Sour pork, Broccoli Beef


Al the Wops:

Pick an item from the lunch menu below.

(Note: Their description sounded much nicer than our basic explanation of each item we listed.)



Al’s Burger – ($13) Fresh ground meat on in-house grilled bread. Your choice of fresh red leaf salad w/dressing or fries, or chips.

Chicken Salad – ($12) Grilled or fried chicken breast served leafy lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles w/dressing and side of bread.

B.L.T. – ($12) The usual BLT with your choice of salad w/dressing or fries, or chips.

Spaghetti – ($12) Homemade meat sauce over pasta with a salad w/dressing and grilled bread with parmesan cheese.

Fish ‘n Chips – ($12) Battered fish served over fries with a salad w/dressing.

Fried Chicken – ($17.25) Battered half chicken with salad w/dressing and fries.

Chicken Sandwich – ($13) Fried or grilled chicken on grilled bread with choice of sake]lad w/dressing or Fries or chips.

Al’s Prawns & Fries – ($12) Fried prawns over fries and salad w/dressing.

New York Steak – ($25) Steak (size?) served with mushrooms, garlic, white wine, and butter. Salad w/dressing and bread.

Grilled Cheese & Fries – ($11) Served on grilled bread with fries and salad w/dressing.

Soup, Salad, & Bread – ($12) Salad w/dressing, Minestrone soup , and grilled bread.


All salads are “Fresh red leaf salad” with choice of Homemade Ranch, House, Blue Cheese, or Oil & Vinegar dressings.

All bread is “In-house grilled bread.”

Thank you




Big Day of Giving

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This event is in May and always sells out, so reserve your spot now!

Elk Grove Historical Society Spring Tea

May 11, 2019

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Speaker Presentation

“River Delta History”

by Lorraine Croup

Monday, May 20th at 6:30 pm

Our next General meeting Presentation will be about the history of the Delta River region (Walnut Grove, Locke, Clarksburg, Isleton, etc.) where Lorraine grew up. Senator William Johnston had a big early influence in the area and Lorraine highlights his contributions. The presentation is about an hour long and will be on Monday, May 20th at 6:30 pm at our usual place, the Presbyterian Church at 8153 Elk Grove Boulevard, Suite 50. Its almost across from the Falls Event Center, turn north on to Big Horn and it’s behind the Chevron Station. Its a FREE event and the public is invited. We have cookies and water.




Our massive Yard Sale will be

June 14th (Friday), 15th (Saturday), and 16th (Sunday)

More information coming, but here is some that maybe of benefit.

Thanks to many of you, our annual Yard Sale gets bigger and better every year! It’s not too early to start cleaning out your closets, cupboards, and garages to select treasures you no longer use or need for donation to this year’s big 3-day sale the third weekend in June 14, 15 & 16. Tell your family, friends and neighbors!

We request usable items in usable condition, nothing broken or with missing pieces.  Items you might find to donate include kitchen and table ware; bed, bath & table linens and towels; furniture; wearable clothing and shoes; small appliances; books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records; artwork and frames; décor items; crafts and holiday decorations; children’s’ toys & games; bicycles & scooters; patio furniture; yard and garden equipment. Donated items can be brought to the museum on eight Saturday afternoons between 12-4 pm starting April 13 through June 1 except for May 11, our annual Spring Tea. A volunteer will be on site to accept your donation at these times only and will give you an in-kind donation receipt you may use for tax purposes.

Arrangements can be made after May 12 to have large items like pieces of furniture picked up at your location by calling       Dennis Buscher at (916) 479-2158 or John Ross at  (916) 3230-7198

Items we cannot accept include: used mattresses, bed pillows, baby car seats and strollers; TVs, computers, monitors, printers and stereos. These items do not sell and we have to dispose of them.