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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 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 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 future events

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We will be closed until May 31st.

Dear Members and Friends:                                               March 22, 2020

Due to the current Corona (COVID) Virus situation, it is with great disappointment I must announce that all Elk Grove Historical Society events and activities are canceled effective immediately.  This cancellation is in effect through May 31, 2020.  This cancellation affects our Board and General Session Meetings, 1st Saturday Tours, Spring Tea, Historical Bus Tours, Rhoads School Classes and any gathering of more than 5 persons in attendance.  We will announce a return to routine operations when it is safe to do so. We hope our May-June Newsletter will shed some light on our position.

Previously, we announced the cancellation of Early California Days, a Historical Bus Tour and our March General Session Public Meeting.  As the days have progressed, we learned that recommendations have become requirements for prevention and containment of the virus.  Government offices have asked us to shelter-in-place and practice social distancing.  We must be cautious and promote health safety for our members, as the virus appears to impact our older age group more harshly.

If you signed up for the Spring Tea or the Sonoma Historical Bus Tour, you will be receiving a refund or your returned check.  Please be patient, as we complete that process.

Lastly, thank you for being a Society member or guest and supporting our functions.  More importantly, thank you for understanding the circumstances we find ourselves in.  Our goal is to have safe activities for you and the public.  In this difficult time, it is best to minimize exposure to the virus and comply with current mandates.

I look forward to business as usual, as soon as this medical situation subsides.  Be safe and take care.

Ken Miller, President

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Usually we host a gathering at the museum where we can process your donation and you are welcome to food trays and visit, but because of the Corona virus, we have canceled our open house at the museum on May 7, the Big Day of Giving.  Also, have had to also cancel the Early California Days, the Sonoma bus trip, the Spring Tea, and the Yard Sale. These were some of our largest fund raisers.

Please consider supporting the Historical Society with this event to help make up for our lost revenue this year. Donations can be made online at   

http://bigdayofgiving.org/elkgrovehistoricalsociety

on April 20th thru May 7th.  Checks can be sent to the Elk Grove Historical Society, P.O. Box 562, Elk Grove, California 96759

We are raising funds to build a summer kitchen off the kitchen on the north side of the museum.  This will be reminiscent of how our ancestors survived the hot summers in the valley before electricity and air conditioning.  It will also give much needed space when we have indoor functions when we serve food.  Also needed are funds for our scholarship program at the Rhoads School which is $160 per class for poverty stricken schools, about  25  per year.

Museum Yard Sale

September 18,19, 20

Due to the Coronavirus we had to cancel our usual June date for our annual Yard Sale and reschedule to September, when we think this current situation would have eased up.

Thanks to the generosity of our members, 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 September 18, 19, 20.

We request usable items in good condition, nothing broken or with missing pieces.  Items you might find to donate include kitchen & table ware;  bed, bath & table linens & towels;  furniture;  wearable clothing & shoes;  small appliances;  books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records;  artwork & frames; décor items;  crafts & holiday decorations;  children’s toys & games;  bicycles & scooters;  patio furniture;  yard & garden equipment.

Donated items can be brought to the museum on 4 weekends weekends (Saturday & Sunday) between 12 noon and 4 PM starting August 15 through September 13.  A volunteer will be on site to accept your donation at these times only and will give you an in-kind donation receipt you may use for tax purposes.  Arrangements can be made after September 5th to have large items like pieces of furniture picked up at your location by calling Dennis Buscher at (916) 479-2158 or Jim Entrican at (916) 761-2225.

Items we cannot accept include:  Used mattresses, bed pillows, baby car seats & strollers;  TVs, computers, monitors, printers and stereos.  These items do not sell and we have to dispose of them.

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