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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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COMING and CURRENT EVENTS

 

A quick summary of events for the reminder of the year:

 

(Please scroll down to see various events. Some may require purchasing tickets in advance)

 

 

JUNE – JUNE – JUNE – JUNE – JUNE

 

 

 

Our massive Yard Sale will be

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

8:00 am to 3:00 pm each day

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!

Remember: Priced to sell and great deals on the last day, if anything is left.

 

 

 

Do you want to help? We could use you

 

Speaker Presentation

“Russian German Settlers

in

Elk Grove and Franklin”

by Dennis Buscher

Monday, June 17th at 6:30 pm

Our next General meeting Presentation will be about the history of the Russian German settlers in our area by local historian Dennis Buscher who was born and grew up in the area. The presentation is about an hour long and will be on Monday, June 17th 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.

 

 

SUMMER BREAK – No presentations or events in July and August,

except for free

First Saturday Museum Tours. Noon to 4:00.

 

July – July – July – July – July – July

No events scheduled this month

 

August – August – August – August

No events scheduled this month

 

September- September- September

Speaker Presentation

“Maybe Arnie Zimbelman?”

by Unkown at this time

Monday, September 16th at 6:30 pm

Our next General meeting Presentation will be about the history of ?

The presentation is about an hour long and will be on Monday, September 16th 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.

 

History Week is Coming!!!!!!

2019 History Week Calendar

September 21 – 28

Saturday, September 21

Plow-To-Plate Dinner (6:00-9:00 pm) at the museum

$80 per person

Credit card:  Coming soon

or

Make out check to Elk Grove Historical Society, Send to

Jim Entrican: 74532 Abby Circle, Elk Grove, CA 95757

Info: jentrican@comcast.net or (916) 761-2225 cel

 

Sunday, September 22

3rd Annual 2019 Honoree:

“Elk Grove Unified School District”

The picnic is a free casual event with box lunches for purchase, good company, and a very sincere congratulations on providing our community with sixty years of committed excellence for providing our students the education they need to be contributing members to our society.

12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Elk Grove Stage Stop & House Museum

(at the West entrance to the Elk Grove Park)

 

12:45 pm – History Award presented by Elizabeth Pinkerton and short speeches

1:30 pm – Catered lunch served to those who bought tickets

 

Soon: Click here to purchase tickets for lunch

 

Sunday, September 22

The Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation 2019 Annual Performance

will be a matinee event featuring the story of

Mrs. Irene West

Mrs. West was the first African American teacher in Elk Grove. A graduate of Fisk University, an historically black university in Tennessee, she came to Sacramento when her husband accepted a job transfer. Mrs. West applied in Elk Grove in 1962 at a time when the community was predominantly white. Racial tensions were raising in the south and the Civil Rights movement was gaining energy nationwide.

Set against this backdrop, her story not only chronicles the conditions and sentiments of Elk Grove at the time, but is also one of personal courage, determination and an overriding passion to teach.

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

at the

Sunshine Center

9360 Elk Grove-Florin Road #4 – Elk Grove, CA 95624

 

2:00 pm  – Wine reception

3:00 pm – Irene West Performance

Appetizers and social mixer to follow.

 Tickets are $25 – Contact: www.LMMLFoundation.org or

send checks to LMML Foundation P.O.Box 2104, Elk Grove, CA 95759

 

Monday, September 23

Sloughhouse Cemetery Tour

by Roberta Tanner (4 pm-dusk) FREE

Established before 1851

Location: OnHighway 16 (The Jackson Highway) in Sloughhouse.

This is the oldest pioneer cemetery in northern California. The area was deeded from the Mexican government to Jared Dixon Sheldon as part of the Omochumnes Land Grant, Rancho Omochumnes in 1842. It became a family cemetery for Jared and Catherine Sheldon who are both buried there. Before that this hilltop cemetery had been a sacred cremation spot for the native Miwok who lived in the area. William Daylor was the first white man to be buried on the hill in 1951 following his death from cholera. 1971 Percy Westberg, a direct descendent of Catherine Rhoads Sheldon Mahone, began negotiations with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers regarding the future of the cemetery. The result was the transfer of the title of this little piece of land to the organization and their agreement to its maintenance and permanent care.

The graves have been well studied and much information and documentation has been found on every resident of the cemetery. The cemetery is a hot bed of history, especially relating to the beginnings of Elk Grove.

FYI – The original spelling of Slough House was two words. The combining into one Sloughhouse did not occur until recent history.

A good source of information about the cemetery is copy of the D.U.P. publication Historic Cosumnes and Slough House Pioneer Cemetery by Norma Ricketts.

 

 

Tuesday, September 24

Franklin Cemetery Tour

by Dennis Buscher (4 pm-dusk) FREE

Established 1887 on 4.3 acres

Location: On the northwest corner of Franklin Boulevard and Franklin-Hood Roads

One interesting fact you will notice is that many stones are carved with Chinese characters. It seems that the cemeteries of the Sacramento Delta towns did not allow the burial of Chinese immigrants, so residents who died there were buried inn the Franklin Cemetery.

Notable Residents: There are several early well known farming families interned in the cemetery, but the most famous resident is Alexander Hamilton Willard, which was the last surviving member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Wednesday, September 25

Old Town Walking Tour

by Angi Perry (4:00-dusk) FREE

Meet at the Old Town Plaza

Angi takes her groups up both sides of the street in Old Town explaining the history progression of each building. It is a fascinating look back in time hearing the stories of each residence. You can follow here with your for pamphlet describing each building in 1880, 1900’s-1940’s, Between 1965-1990’s, to present occupants.

 

Thursday, September 26

     Still Open

Friday, September 27

Chamber Luncheon (11:30-1:30) w/History speaker

Angi Perry at Valley-Hi Country Club

$35 call for reservations

Saturday, September 28

This is last years poster to give you an idea, but new one is being designed.

 

2019 Mahon Ranch Hop & Brew Fest

2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mahon Ranch

10171 Grantline Road, Elk Grove, 95624

(Enter at the light at the intersection of Waterman and Grantline Roads)

Tickets: $40, Parking: $10

(Tickets include coupons for beer and a sandwich)

The annual Mahon Ranch Hops and Brew fest is an event for anyone who would enjoy spending a day learning about Elk Grove’s rich hop history on a historic ranch, while enjoying local craft beers. Elk Grove breweries will be serving their latest brews, some of which will highlight the rich 125 year history of hops grown along the Consumes River with specific beers, available only at the event. There will be ‘new era’ hop varieties as well as traditional/historic hops from some of the original 1860’s bines still growing wild in the River bottomland.

There will be docent lead wagon ride tours of the Mahon Ranch on wagons pulled by vintage tractors. After reviewing the display of historic hops processing equipment, the tours will ride along scenic Deer Creek to the hop fields.

There will also be a Classic Car Show staged by a local car club, an antique carriage display presented by a local carriage collectors group and live entertainment with a country band and a classic rock band. Colors will be presented by American Legion Elk Grove Post 233.

 

 

October – October – October – October

 

Lorraine Croup Historic Bus trip to

General Vallejo’s House

in Sonoma

Saturday, October 12th

Details coming!

 

Speaker Presentation

“TBA”

by Unkown at this time

Monday, October 21th at 6:30 pm

Our next General meeting Presentation will be about the history of ?

The presentation is about an hour long and will be on Monday, October 21th 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.