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 of the celebration. 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.
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. ($80/person). Purchase tickets here.
Sunday, 23 September:
Pinkerton Picnic at the Park honoring the Herberger Family (10:30 am – 1:00 pm). Is an Elk Grove Historical Society event, originally created by the leadership group of the Chamber of commerce to honor local history and education icon, Elizabeth Pinkerton. It has evolved into adding another deserving community member to honor each year and this year it is the Herberger Family. The events, tours, historic activities and games for the kids are free and start at 10:30. There will be an ice cream social where you can build your own sundae for only $2. At 11:30 will be a short ceremony and presentation honoring the Herberger family.
You can bring your own lunch to the picnic or order a catered lunch by Cooks & Canes:
*$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.
Tickets by CREDIT CARD: Click here to purchase 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 Saturday, September 8
Monday, 24 September:
Sloughhouse Cemetery Tour (4:00 pm – Dusk). (Free) Open for tours and hosted by area historian Roberta Tanner
Tuesday, 25 September:
Elk Grove Cemetery Tour (4:00 pm – Dusk). (Free) -Open for tours and family members of the deceased will be on hand to tell stories of their ancestors.
Wednesday, 26 September:
Old Town Foundation Walking Tour of Old Elk Grove and Dinner (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm) Meet at the Wells Fargo Stagecoach at the Old Town Plaza at 6:00 pm. Tour will be lead by Old Town Association President Angi Perry and is free. Diner afterwards is your option. Several local restaurants are giving discounts on pricing for those who enjoy the tour.
Thursday, 27 September:
Franklin Cemetery Tour (4:00 pm – Dusk). (Free) – Open for tours and family members of the deceased will be on hand to tell stories of their ancestors.
Friday, 28 September:
The Chamber of Commerce Luncheon (11:00 pm – 1:00 pm). The luncheon at the Valley-Hi Country Club will include a presentation by well known local pioneering family son, Tom Mahon who will be speaking about the “History of Hops in our Area.” You can purchase the $30 tickets at www.elkgroveca.com. Deadline for purchasing tickets is September 21.
Friday, 28 September:
Mahon Ranch Hops and Brew Fest (4:00 pm – 10:00 pm) The event will be an afternoon and evening celebrating the history of hops. It will held at the MahonRanch at 10171 Grantline Road, EG 95624 featuring displays and activities that will depict the historic hops 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 Linda Mae Mahon Lema (LMML) Foundation to help continue their efforts to record local histories from families and individuals of the community. ($45/person covers all activities except purchase of beer and food)
Tickets by CREDIT CARD: Click here to purchase tickets.
Saturday, 29 September:
Rotary Club’s Beef and Reef Dinner (5:00 – 10:00) at the Lent Ranch Barn, 10551 W. Stockton Boulevard, Elk Grove, CA 95757. Tickets are $50 and can be bought at their website www.elkgroverotary.com or at the following; CT Specialties, Valley Oak Maytag, the Chamber of Commerce, or any Rotary member.