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Phone: 916-685-8115

E-Mail: eghs@elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 562, Elk Grove, CA 95759

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We are located at

9941 East Stockton Boulevard (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 1850 Elk Grove House & Stage Stop Museum
  • The 1853 Foulks House Museum
  • The 1912 San Joaquin Township Justice Court and Jail Museum
  • The old style Blacksmith Shop with statue
  • The Dennis Buscher Plaza
  • Bathroom facilities and lawns

The park is open for FREE tours every first Saturday of each month (February through October) from noon to 4:00 pm or upon request. We close in November to get ready for our “Old Fashioned Christmas” event.

Volunteering

Do you have a little time on your hands and want to help out at your own pace and when you are available, give us a call. Everybody at the Elk Grove Historical Society volunteers at many levels and we always have a lot of things going on (see below). The key is we appreciate any help. Contact our volunteer coordinator Pat Lake and she can help you find your interest at (951) 377-3312 cel or stanpatlake@gmail.com. We have a great bunch of people to work with and we have a lot of fun.

CURRENT INFORMATION and COMING EVENTS

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: There will be no 1st Saturday Museum Tours on February 4th. We are still putting away Christmas decorations and recovering from the weather damage, so we decided that the museum just isn’t ready for the public. Please consider visiting March 4th. We would love to show you round.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Speakers Series

Each year the historical society gathers eight history speakers to share their knowledge with the community. Their hour long presentation is given on the third Monday evening of the month, usually including a power point slide show and often items on display. Here is what has been set up for 2023…

February 20 – Daniel Tarnasky

Dan grew up in the Galt area and attended Galt Elementary School and graduated from Galt High School in 1975. He received his BA in history from California State University, Sacramento. Dan joined the Galt Area Historical Society in 2016 and has since become the Historian, Archivist, and is now the Curator for the Rae House Museum. He has two books on the market, The Arcadia book, Images of America: Galt (ISBN: 1467104140, 9781467104142) and Galt: Past and Present ISBN: 978-1-4671-0414-2). Check out Dan’s Facebook page, Snapshots of Galt History. He lives in Galt with his wife Sonja.

“The History of Galt”

Dan is going to share with us the history of our sister town, 10 minutes to the south, Galt. Being raised there and his insight to its history will make it a fascinating presentation.

The presentations are always on the third Monday evening of the month, at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00) at the Presbyterian Church at 8153 Elk Grove Boulevard. Turn north on to Big Horn and it’s behind the Chevron Station, Suite 50. Always Free, open to the public, and we have snacks.

March 20 – Ex-Mayor Steve Ly

“The Origin of the Hmong Culture

 

April 17 – Linda Wheatly

“Effie Foulks: Elk Grove Legend or Real Person”

 

May 15 – Dave Lema

David is the Chairman of the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation which was established to honor Linda after her passing in 2015. The objective of the Foundation is to research, record, and present the personal stories and family histories of the greater area of Elk Grove. To date, over 300 audio casts which tell these stories have been produced and published on the Foundation web site. 

“Memorial Day Recognition – Stories of Elk Grove Area Veterans Lost in Battle During WW I, WW II, Korea & Vietnam Wars”

In recognition of Memorial Day, David will present a collage of audio casts which relate stories of Elk Grove area service members lost in Twentieth Century conflicts around the world. These audio casts bring poignant details of extraordinary courage and bravery, of expectations and hopes, and of the impact losing them had on their families and community.

The presentations are always on the third Monday evening of the month, at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00) at the Presbyterian Church at 8153 Elk Grove Boulevard. Turn north on to Big Horn and it’s behind the Chevron Station, Suite 50. Always Free, open to the public, and we have snacks.

 

June 19 – Dave Stuart

“The History of Motorcycles in the San Joaquin Valley 1900-1970”

July and August – Summer Recess

September 18 – Dave Lema

 

 

 

 

 

 

David is the Chairman of the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation which was established to honor Linda after her passing in 2015. The objective of the Foundation is to research, record, and present the personal stories and family histories of the greater area of Elk Grove. To date, over 300 audio casts which tell these stories have been produced and published on the Foundation web site. 

October 16 – Dave Freeman

November and December – Holiday Recess

Please understand these history presentations are for you to learn about the rich history of our community. It’s an hour of amazing people sharing what they know with a power point presentation and often several artifacts. Please considering coming and see for yourself.

They are all on the third Monday evenings of the month, at 6:30 pm at our usual place, the Presbyterian Church at 8153 Elk Grove Boulevard. Turn north on to Big Horn and it’s behind the Chevron Station, Suite 50.

Always FREE, open to the public, and we provide refreshments.

 

Annual Events

The Elk Grove Historical Society, besides our speaker series, hosts and partners with EIGHT specific events through the year,

Here are the next on the calendar:

2023

1. Big Day of Giving: May 4, 2023

Always the first Thursday in May. A 24-hour online event, but from 10:00 to 3:00 the museum will be open to help with your donations.

2. Civil War Days: May 6-7, 2023

Always the first weekend in May at the Mahon Ranch (10171 Grantline Road, Elk Grove, 95624)

3. Spring Tea: May 13, 2023

Click here to buy tickets with credit card – $50 each

Always the Saturday before Mothers Day at the museum

4. Yard Sale: June 15, 16, 17, 18

 

Usually the third weekend in June at the museum, 4 days from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

5. Founders Day and The Elk Grove Historical Society’s Elizabeth Pinkerton History Award presentation

The first weekend of September

6. The Mahon Ranch Hop & Brew Fest – September 17

Usually held the third Saturday in September at the Mahon Ranch (10171 Grantline Road, Elk Grove, 95624)

7. Black Tie and Santa: Sunday, November 26

The last Sunday of November at the museum from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm

8. Old Fashion Christmas

The first three weekends of December before Christmas

9. Miscellaneous Activities

We also enjoy speaker presentations (see above), free first Saturday tours, bus trips, dedications, and special events that will vary from year to year. We always need volunteers and appreciate any help anyone cares to give. Just leave a message on the museum phone (916) 685-8155

First Saturday and Virtual Museum Tours

The Museum (Heritage Park) and Rhoads School are open for FREE tours every first Saturday of each month (February through October) from noon to 4:00 pm (Rhoads School 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm) or upon request. We close in November to get ready for our “Old Fashioned Christmas” event.

We also have made a short six minute virtual tour video to give you an idea on what you may experience when you visit. Click here for the YouTube link.

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Enjoy. Thank you.