Elk Grove History Week
September 24 – September 30, 2017
Elk Grove History Week was conceived by local pioneering family member Dave Lema to capture, maintain and celebrate our local history. His foundation has partnered with the Elk Grove Historical Society and many other organizations to form resolutions by each to support the cause. We believe this is the start of something important to share and come together as a community.
There are many events planned throughout the week in several types of venues. Please search our website, the Elk Grove Citizen, Ardent Magazine, and various organizational newsletters for participating activities that may not be listed below. Most events are free to the public.
Jail Dedication and Pinkerton Picnic in the Park
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The Elk Grove Historical Society and the 2017 Elk Grove Chamber leadership class are sponsoring the start of Elk Grove History Week with an old fashion picnic in the Elk Grove Park adjacent to the Elk Grove Historical Society Heritage Park. The event is to celebrate local historian Elizabeth Pinkerton and the grand opening of the refurbished Historical Courthouse & Jail. The family friendly event includes free children’s activities, entertainment, and more. A picnic luncheon is available for purchase, offered by Bravo’s for $10 per adult and $5 per child 12 and under. The picnic is limited to 300, so reserve your place and purchase food by September 16th on this site (see over photo). The event is Sunday, September 24th, 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM. The Jail exhibit ribbon cutting will be at 11:00 AM. Students and friends of Elizabeth are especially encouraged to make reservations to reminisce with her. The museum will be open for tours and many 1890’s activities in which the children can participate. Please join us.
Calendar of Events
Sunday, September 24 – Jail Dedication & Pinkerton Picnic in the Park
Monday, September 25 – Hall of Fame Event
Thursday, September 28 – Elk Grove Cemetery Tours
Friday, September 29 – Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
Saturday, September 30 – Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Tours
Saturday, September 30 – Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation Dinner & Entertainment
2017 Exhibit open again on Saturday September 2nd
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.
P.O. Box 562
Elk Grove, CA 95759
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, tavern 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.
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.
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 several days of the year, when special events are held in Elk Grove Park.
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