The Elk Grove Historical Society in partnership with the Cosumnes Communiuty Services District (CSD) with sponsorship from the City Of Elk Grove, the Native Sons of the Golden West, Lions Club, Elk Grove Milling Co. and many, many volunteers have created the first annual EARLY CALIFORNIA DAYS held on March 23-24 in the Elk Grove Park.
Our purpose was to bring live history to the community to appreciate our past and to learn of the struggles and successes of our ancestores.
It rained all night Friday (22nd), but it was warm and sunny the rest of the weekend. Unfortunately we believe it discouraged many for Saturday, but Sunday was great. Never massive crowds, but always steady.
The musket firing was a highlight as well as the covered wagon rides through the park. There were tons of things for the children to try, i.e. weaving, making corn husk dolls, gold panning, washing clothes to name only a few. On the main stage there were dignitary speeches to start it all off followed by an address of the first California President Ides then many dance groups, drum and fife corp, historical script reading through out the day.
We learned a lot and can’t wait for next year. Here is a taste of the event……..