In the heart of Midtown Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park captures the pioneer spirit of families arriving in wagon trains at the dawn of the California Gold Rush. John Sutter built the Fort and his agricultural empire, was critical in the rescue of the tragic Donner Party and served as a diplomat with the Mexican government until it all came crashing down in 1848. A fascinating place to visit for history field trips, kids and adults!

March 21, 2015

Hands on History:Hardworking Women of the Frontier


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April 17 - 19, 2015

Traders Faire

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Events and Exhibits



21 – HOH: Hard Working Women on the Frontier

In honor of “Women’s History Month,” Fort visitors will learn about three important but little-known women in California’s history: Nancy Kelsey, the first woman to cross the Sierra; Elizabeth “Jennie” Wimmer, who was present when gold was discovered and first tested the precious metal; and Mary Murphy, Donner Party survivor for whom the town of Marysville is named.


Fort visitors will also have the opportunity to hear from special guest Cheryl Stapp, historian and author of Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War and Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past. Cheryl will give presentations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (immediately following cannon firing demonstrations) and answer questions about frontier women in California and their role in family and community. She will also be available to sign copies of her books, available for purchase in the Fort Trade Store. Fort visitors will realize that emigrant women did not live lives of leisure and were vital economic partners in families. In fact, many pioneer women set up their own businesses selling eggs, milk, or baked goods to neighbors and travelers. Fort guests will also enjoy crowd-favorite black powder and musket demonstrations, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, and an interactive wagon trail camp for visitors to experience what it was like to camp as part of a wagon train. Fort guests will also learn to carry water buckets, use a yoke, decide what supplies are necessary for the trip, help load the wagon and climb inside an authentic covered wagon to feel what it was like to journey across country. Plus, rarely seen and relevant artifacts from the historic Fort Collections will be shown this one day only.


Admission to Sutter’s Fort SHP costs $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and is free for children 5 and under.


11- Girl Scouts

17 - 19 – Traders Faire (Sac’s 1st Mall)



09 – Girl Scouts

16 – HOH: Community of Many Faces



20 – HOH: War in California



11 – Girl Scouts will not be held in July

18 – HOH: Mining the Miners (Was there Gold at Sutter’s Fort?)




15 – HOH: Kids Fun on the Frontier



19 – HOH: Wagons West



10/4 – 10/10 – Trapper’s Camp (Red Bluff)

10/12 -10/17 – Trapper’s Camp (Colusa)

23 & 24 – Haunted Fort



*14 – Girls Scouts

21 – First Person Event (The Real Life in Sutter’s Fort 1846)

21 – Candle Light Tours (Evening)



12 – HOH: A Simple Emigrant Christmas



Due to ongoing restoration of Sutter’s Fort SHP all dates are subject to change and/or cancelation.