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 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 from noon to 4:00 pm or upon request.

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A quick summary of future events

(Please scroll down to see various events. Some attendance may require purchasing tickets in advance)

To your right is a menu that contains a lot of information related to the Historical Society. Please note “History” which contains many subjects of history interest.

Activities update

  • There will be NO “Pinkerton Picnic in the Park” History Recognition award this year where Elizabeth Pinkerton picks a worthy history contributor to the area to be recognized. We expect to continue the honor next September 2021.
  • There will be NO First Saturday Tours of the Museum through the end of 2020. The next tour is scheduled for return on Saturday, February 6, 2021
  • There will been NO General meeting sessions through the end of 2020. The next general meeting with a speaker is scheduled for return on Monday, January 18, 2021
  • The board will continue to meet every second Monday of the month at 3:00 pm through the end of the year 2021, but it will be in a virtual ZOOM meeting. If you are interested in attending, please contact President Ken Miller at home at (916) 896-1710 to be added to the ZOOM list. We plan on retuning to normal gathering meetings on Monday, January 11 or until further notice.
  • There will be NO Black Tie & Santa or An Old Fashion Christmas this year as we think attendance will be minimal due to COVID and there is concern for the safety of children visiting Santa Claus.

If your child would send a letter to Santa Claus with the child’s name, age, and Christmas wish list. Santa will return a hand written letter to each child about 5-7 days before Christmas. Address it to:

SANTA CLAUS c/o Elk Grove Historical Society, P.O. Box 562, Elk Grove, CA 95759. Merry Christmas!

Elk Grove Historical Society Yard Sale

September 17, 18,19, 20

8:00 am to 2:00 pm each day

Due to the Coronavirus we had to cancel our usual June date for our annual Yard Sale and reschedule to September. We didn’t know what to expect, but the Yard Sale exceeded our expectations and was a tremendous success.

A Thank You from President Ken Miller:

Hello Board Members, Members, Volunteers, Friends and Guests:

Whether you worked a shift, prepared price tags, organized, cleaned up or set-up tents, I wanted to thank all of you for your donation of time, energy, donations and more. You made our postponed Annual Yard Sale the best ever!!  We could not have held the event without your support.  Check out the front page and page ten of the Elk Grove Citizen for pictures of our event.  We also owe kudos and thank yous to Good Day Sacramento, as they had cameras at our event two different days.  Their presence allowed people from many areas to see  items on TV and stop by the Museum for a purchase.  They were a major factor in contributing to increased attendance numbers over the four days of the event.  Thanks to the Cosumnes Community Services District Staff for helping us with approvals, the trailer with tables, chairs and pop-ups.  We really appreciated the use, as we needed those items for displays. 

I speculate we may have doubled or tripled past Yard Sale fundraiser revenues over the four days.  Similarly, attendance was outstanding and we met our estimated attendance on the first day!  The public was happy to be out and very friendly, as we managed the total number of visitors and volunteer workers inside Heritage Park.  It is really satisfying that with everyone’s help, we had a great event.  We really needed a successful activity, as we have had to cancel  our Spring Tea, Old Fashioned Christmas and Black Tie & Santa activities.  Santa and Mrs. Claus both are sad, but they are thinking of ways to perhaps reach out to many by using our P. O. Box as a collecting point for receiving and sending letters to Santa.
Thanks again to all for a job well done!! 

Most sincerely, Ken Miller, President Elk Grove Historical Society

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Would you like to be a historical society board member? We will be voting in November and if interested, you need to call our nominating chairman, Jim Entrican (916-761-2225 cel) to express your interest in a position and he can answer questions.

The elected options are: President, 1st Vice-president, 2nd Vice-president, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and Correspondence Secretary.

Also, if anyone is interested in putting the newsletter together, is interested in managing the website, being the museum archivist, and/or scheduler for the Rhoads School, please contact Jim Entrican.

Please give all some consideration. Short candidate Bio’s will be presented in the Nov-Dec Newsletter. A ballot will be sent to each members mailing address and all are encouraged to vote. Please come join a great bunch of people.

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Foulks House Dedication

Saturday, December 5th at the museum

The Elk Grove Historical Society and the Native Sons of the Golden West will re-dedicate the finished remodel of the Foulks House. A plaque will be installed and Dennis Buscher will have a presentation of the story of this incredible family. Actual family members will be on hand at the event.

The public is invited.

Look for further details on this website later on or wait for a robocall.