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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
  • 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.

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COVID adjustments

The Elk Grove Historical Society has a huge list of exciting and enjoyable events slated for this year. Unfortunately, COVID is back, and Sacramento County has issued an order suspending all in-person public meetings. There is word that COVID maybe peaking, and regulations may be eased in a few months. Meanwhile, we have closed all activities for January and February (No first Saturday tours or speaker presentations) and are making month-by-month decisions.

We are hopeful and are still going ahead with the planning to host Civil War Days, Big Day of Giving and the Spring Tea all slated for the first week of May.

CURRENT INFORMATION and COMING EVENTS

Speakers Series

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 have snacks.

Douglas Hsai

January 17th – Douglas Hsai – “Locke and the Chinese Community”

CANCELLED due to COVID Mandates

Douglas was raised in the town of Locke and is often asked to speak to many groups and tour groups, siting his own personal stories of his community and its raucous history.

Dave Lema

February 21st – Dave Lema – “The Elk Grove Southeast Asia Story”

CANCELLED due to COVID Mandates

Dave writes, “The history of the Elk Grove area is not only deep and rich, but continues evolving. One significant world event which affected this history was the Vietnam War. The War was profoundly felt within the community at the time, and its cascading effects have dramatically and permanently altered the fabric and vibrancy of the area; transforming it from an agricultural-based rural community to a thriving city of diverse and vast potential. Recognizing that this era is a very distinct chapter of ‘History Is Happening Here’, the LMML Foundation produced a one-hour YouTube audio-chronicle which captures local people telling their stories of the era; in their own words and voices. These voices paint a history, telling the story of those who served, those who were lost, and those who lived in Southeast Asia, including how, when, and why they fled to settle in Elk Grove. Each story is different and adds an important page to this chapter of Elk Grove area history.”

Oscar Mix

March 21st – Oscar Mix – The Mix Family and Stories of Olden Elk Grove”

Oscar grew up in Elk Grove and has many stories to share about all those old days when many of us grew up. Hopefully, you didn’t have to meet his father Judge Mix who handled many of the citations and law breakers in the area. It will be a fascinating evening with many stories and experiences we can all relate to.

Tom Herzog

April 18th – Tom Herzog – “The Herzog Family Dairy in Courtland

Tom is presently President of the River Delta Historical Society and owns his own used bookstore in Locke called, Strange Cargo. He grew up on his family’s Dairy in Courtland on Herzog Road and has many stories to tell and will shed some light on the history of the Delta area. 

Steve Ly

May 16th – Steve Ly – The Hmong Community

The Ex-Elk Grove Mayor was the first Hmong elected Mayor in the United States and is very proud of his heritage. He shares with us the story and history of the Hmong.

Marjorie and Beth

June 20th – Majorie Jones and Beth Hedland – “The Strauss Story and a Behind the Scenes Look”

Marjorie and Beth have been co-chairs of the annual event for several years now and share the story of Strauss and many stories and experiences they have enjoyed over the years. It will be a delightful and enjoyable evening.

July and August – Summer Break

Daniel Tarnasky

September 19th – Daniel Tarnasky and Jennifer Barsetti – “Galt”

Historian and Archivist of the Galt Historical Society Daniel Tarnasky and longtime Galt resident and Winery owner Jennifer Barsetti speak on the history of Galt. Come learn about our sister city.

Elk Grove Cemetery

October 17th – Jonathan Lambdin – “The Elk Grove Cemeteries

Jonathan is the manager of the Elk Grove Cemetery District and is responsible for its five cemeteries. He explains how the district works and the care it takes and the story if each cemetery. Perhaps with a little knowledge of some of their many residents.

November and December – Holiday Break

Please understand these history presentations are for you to learn about the rich history of our community. They are 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 of the month, evenings at 6:30 pm at our usual place, the Presbyterian Church at 8153 Elk Grove Boulevard, Suite 50. Turn north on to Big Horn and it’s behind the Chevron Station.

Annual Events

The Elk Grove Historical Society sponsors, hosts, and partners with eight specific events through the year. We start this year with three events the first week in May…

Civil War Days

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

Big Day of Giving

Always the first Thursday in May. A 24-hour, but 10:00 to 3:00 at the museum

Spring Tea

Always the Saturday before Mothers Day at the museum 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Yard Sale

Usually the second or third weekend in June at the museum, 4 days form 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Historical Society Elizabeth Pinkerton History Award

Usually presented in the last week of September

The Mahon Ranch Hop & Brew Fest

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

Black Tie and Santa

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

Old fashion Christmas

The first three weekends of December before Christmas

We also enjoy speaker presentations (see above), free first Saturday tours (see below), 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.

Temporarily closed due to COVID restrictions

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.