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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.

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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

2022 Board of Directors Officer Elections

The 2022 Nomination Committee is happy to introduce their candidates for the six elected Board of Director positions for the Calendar year 2023. The election vote count and results announcement will take place at Ray Bayles’ “Old Town Creations” (8739 Elk Grove Boulevard) on Monday, November 21st at 6:30. Ballots were sent to every member in the newsletter. Mail them by Friday, November 18th to the Elk Grove Historical Society, P.O. Box 562, EG. 95757 or hand carry them to the store on the 21th.

Please join us for the vote count, cake, and hot apple cider!

Candidates have shared a personal statement as an introduction to those of you who may not know them.

We are proud to introduce the following slate of candidates for the six elected Officer Positions on the Board of Directors of the Elk Grove Historical Society for 2023:

Candidate for President:  

Stan Lake – Since my wife Pat and I returned to the Sacramento area after retiring, we have lived in Elk Grove.  Although I was born in northern California, I have lived in several parts of the State (both northern and southern) because of my career.  I retired from CAL FIRE after almost 39 years finally assigned as a Deputy Chief in the Riverside Unit/Riverside County Fire Department.  I have been involved in the Elk Grove Historical Society since returning to Elk Grove because of my interest in history, particularly Elk Grove’s links to the development of California.  In the past, I have served on several boards both as a member and an officer.  I am also a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, the Sacramento Rose Society, and the Gardeners of the Grove.  Remembering the mission of the Elk Grove Historical Society, I look forward to serving as President to help continue the important work of the Society in preserving our past as we look to the future and serving our community.

Candidate for 1st Vice-President:

No one nominated at this point 

Candidate for 2nd Vice-President:

Dennis Buscher – I am a fourth-generation resident of Franklin, CA. I retired from the Franchise Tax Board as a Tax Auditor for 24 years and a Hearing Officer in the Legal Division for 10 years. I am currently a Board member of the Cosumnes – Elk Grove Cemetery District and a member of the Elk Grove City Historic Preservation Committee. I am charter member of the Elk Grove Historical Society, since 1977. I have served as President for 2 years, 2nd Vice President for 2 years, Treasurer for 6 plus years and, since 2016, I am currently serving my second round as 2nd Vice President. My two main fund-raising activities that I oversee with the Historical Society are the Annual Yard Sale that I started in 1997 and chairing the Big Day of Giving each year. I am active in historic preservation, having restored three homes in Elk Grove and one Amador City. I own and operate the Blue Victorian, a retail Antique & Collectible retail business in Sacramento and Roseville 

Candidate for Recording Secretary

Pam Phelps – I have held the position of Recording Secretary for the Elk Grove Historical Society for the past two years. As an active member of for many years, I have participated as a docent, co-chaired our Old-fashioned Christmas for two years, co-chaired the Spring Tea, decorated for the Spring Tea, Halloween and Christmas functions, and worked many of our fundraising events. As a Board Member, for the last two years, I have participated on several committees including Policy and Procedures. My twenty-three years as a bi-lingual teacher afforded me not only the rewards of educating students but allowed me the opportunity to develop a Spanish- English immersion K-8 school in the Sacramento area. I served on the Board of Language Academy representing staff for two 3-year terms. During this tenure I held the offices of both Treasurer and Recording Secretary. I also sat on the Finance Committee for the fifteen years I worked at the school. I retired fours ago and am able to use my time dedicated to the Elk Grove Historical Society and the history of this community. Thank you for this opportunity. 

Candidate for Corresponding Secretary:  

Pat Lake.  –  I have lived in California since age three (I was born in Germany; my father was in the Air Force).  My husband Stan and I moved to Elk Grove after we both retired.  I spent 37 years working for the State with several agencies/locations – including the Employment Development Department, CAL FIRE, and PERS.  Throughout my life I have enjoyed serving with community service organizations – “Cuddling Bears” day-care-center, the Assistance League, and Meals-on-Wheels among others.  I am currently the Vice-President of the Gardeners of the Grove and Secretary of the Communications Committee for the Glenbrooke Community in Elk Grove.  My love for history and community involvement led me to joining the Elk Grove Historical Society.  Since March, I have been serving as the Corresponding Secretary.  It is my desire to continue in that position for the coming year.

Candidate for Treasurer:

Jeanette Lawson – Along with my family, I have been an Elk Grove resident for many years, a longtime member of the Elk Grove Historical Society, a retired elementary school teacher, and a genealogy researcher. I have served as a society member volunteer for several years, many of those on the Board of Directors in the office of Treasurer. I have been an active volunteer with the Historical Society and instigated several successful fundraiser events including the Halloween Haunted Stage Stop, the Black Tie & Santa gala, and the annual Old Fashion Christmas. I am fortunate to have society member Betty Wilson as an Assistant Treasurer, which makes my job easier. I look forward to another year as Treasurer. 

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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 refreshments.

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.

Elk Grove Cemetery

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.

7. Black Tie and Santa: Sunday, November 27

The last weekend 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 (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

2023

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

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

2. 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.

3. Spring Tea: May 13, 2023

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

4. Yard Sale: June 15, 16, 17, 18 (Tentatively?)

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

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

Usually toward the end of September and often tied in to another event

6. The Mahon Ranch Hop & Brew Fest

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

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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Click here for direct link to Bookstore

Enjoy. Thank you.