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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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)

August – August – August – August – August

No other events scheduled this month

September- September- September

Speaker Presentation

“The Life of Arnie Zimbelman”

by Arnie Zimbelman

Monday, September 16th at 6:00 pm

Our next General meeting Presentation will be about the life of Arnie Zimbelman. You probably recognize the name of Iris & Arnie Zimbelman from Strauss Festival fame, an event that they started 32 years ago, but some don’t realize the many other contributions Arnie has made to our community. He is very humble and we had to pry his story out of him, but we were relentless! Few realized the many years at Elk Grove High School were he taught social studies, science, civics and coached baseball and basketball. He has won many awards along the way and is an icon of this town.

The presentation is about an hour long and will be on Monday, September 16th at 6:00 pm at our usual place, the Presbyterian Church at 8153 Elk Grove Boulevard, Suite 50, Elk Grove 95758. 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 open to the public. We have cookies and water.

History Week is Coming!!!!!!


2019 History Week Calendar

September 21 – 28


Saturday, September 21, 2019

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

at the museum



6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Cocktail hour

Bruschetta, Crudites, Cheese & Crackers, Kettle Chips

7:00 pm Dinner begins

On Table – Baguettes, butter, water

Family Style Salad – Spring Greens, Rommaine, Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced Cucumbers, Shredded Carrots, Italian Vinaigrette with Cruettes of Dressing on Table

Plated Entree – Baked Salmon with Mango Salsa, Filet of Beef with Peppercorn Gravy, Roasted Red Potatoes, Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Plated desert

9:00 pm

Evening winds down

There will be music and entertainment throughout the dinner.

$80 per person

Credit card: Click here to purchase tickets

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to include your email address to notify you of your purchase and include your mailing address because your tickets will be mailed to you.  Thank you


Check: Make it out to the Elk Grove Historical Society, Send to Jim Entrican at:

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 casual event with good friends and a very sincere congratulations to the EGUSD for providing our community with sixty years of committed excellence to giving our students the education they need to be contributing members to our society.

Its a FREE picnic, open to the public, and all are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches, but catered meals can be bought a head of time (See below) if desired. This is not a fundraiser. We only want all to have pleasant time.

There will be historic children’s games available to play: gold panning, water pump races, etc., so bring the kids.

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 to Superintendent Chris Hoffman and School Board President Chet Matson on behalf of the EGUSD. Expect a few short speeches.

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

3:00 pm – Picnic is finished

Catered Lunchs purchased by credit card:

ADULT – $10

CHILD (12 and under) – $5

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 5:00 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

Rhoads School Tour

by Roberta Tanner (4:00-dusk) FREE

The school is located in the center of Elk Grove Park

This school was relocated from Sloughhouse to the Elk Grove Park in 1976 for the Bi-Centennial, restored, and dedicated July 4th 1977. Docents teach about 80 living history classes a school years to many EGUSD and out of district students each year. It has a glorious history and is open to hear the stories of the school. Come listen.

Thursday, September 26

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 free pamphlet describing each building in 1880, 1900’s-1940’s, Between 1965-1990’s, to the present occupants.

Friday, September 27

Chamber Luncheon (11:30-1:30)

w/History speaker Jim Entrican

Angi Perry at Valley-Hi Country Club

$35 call for reservations


Saturday, September 28

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)

The 2nd 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 learning the genetics and 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 vines 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 horse drawn carriage display presented by a local carriage collectors group, a special musket firing presentation by Civil War re-enactors, and live entertainment with a country band and a classic rock band. Food by the Food trucks. Colors will be presented by American Legion Elk Grove Post 233.

Tickets: Adults $40, Child 13 and under $15, Parking: FREE

(Tickets include entrance fee, parking, entertainment, and tacos. Adults receive coupons for 3 beers)

You can purchase tickets by credit card:

ADULT – $40

CHILD (13 and under) – $15


For further information you can call Tom & Cindy Mahon at (916) 952-3417

October – October – October – October

Lorraine Croup Historic Bus trip to


Touring General Vallejo’s House, Sonoma Mission, many historic buildings, shopping, wine tasting, and lunching.

Saturday, October 12th

7:30 am – Arrive at museum and load bus

8:00 am SHARP – Bus leaves museum to Sonoma

10:15 am – Arrive at General Vallejo’s House State Park – House, out buildings, swimming pond, & visitor center

10:45 am – Start Tour

12:00 pm – Bus arrives at Sonoma City Hall and Plaza

12:15 pm – 3:00 pm – FREE TIME! This is your chance to tour several historic buildings; the Sonoma Mission, Vallejo Army barracks, Sonoma hotel, The Bear Flag Revolt monument and of course, shop the plaza, wine taste, and have LUNCH.

3:00 pm – Load bus to return to Elk Grove

6:00 pm – Bus arrives at the museum. (All times are approximate)

Only $65 per person

To buy ticket with CREDIT CARDClick here to buy tickets on-line

To buy ticket by CHECK: Make out to Elk Grove Historical Society, P.O.Box 562, Elk Grove, CA 95759

DEADLINE: Please purchase tickets by September 28 as we need to inform the bus company. No refunds. Thank you.

 For Further information you can call Ken & Rosemarie Miller at (9016) 896-1710

Speaker Presentation

“Trans Continental Railroad”

by Roberta Tanner

Monday, October 21th at 6:30 pm

Our next General meeting Presentation will be about the history of the Trans Continental Railroad. This year is the 150th anniversary of the setting of the Golden Spike a Promontory Point, Utah. Roberta has extensive knowledge and would like to share the story with you.

You may have seen Roberta around as she is the Head Docent and Director of the Rhoads School. She is also area leader of the local chapter of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and is an expert on everything involving the Sloughhouse Cemetery.

The presentation is about an hour long and will be on Monday, October 21th at 6:00 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.


Christmas Time

Black Tie and Santa

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Please join us for a preview of all the beautifully decorated historically themed rooms of the Stage Stop Museum. It will be an evening of merriment and delight.

Wine and Hors D’oeuvres – Silent auction – $40 per person

Mail checks to EG Historical Society, P.O. Box 562, E.G., 95759

An Old Fashion Christmas

Every weekend in December: 6,7,8 & 13,14,15 & 20,21,22

Fridays: 6-8 pm, Saturdays: noon-8 pm, Sundays: noon-5 pm

At the Museum at 9941 East Stockton Blvd., E.G., 95624

Tour eight decorated rooms and enjoy many children’s activities. $5 per person, Santa comes only on Saturday and Sunday. Santa takes a break on Saturday (4-6pm) to feed his reindeer. Professional photos available for $15.