The Friends of Sutter’s Fort is a nonprofit 501 c 3 organization dedicated to the enhancement, preservation and protection of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, and educational and interpretive programs at the park. We are a Cooperating Association for California State Parks since 2006, although the history of our organization can be traced back to 1979.

4/18: Curator Talks: Through the Lens of Harry Peterson (Sacramento Photography Month Event)

Join us for this as we take an intimate look at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park through the camera lens of its very first curator, Harry Peterson. Appointed in 1926, Harry dedicated the rest of his life to Sutter's Fort and used his camera to document its transformation from a pioneer memorial into the living history museum that it is today. When Peterson died in 1941, he left behind a collection of over 7,000 glass plate and nitrate negative slides documenting California and Sutter's Fort history.
In honor of Photography Month Sacramento, we will be joined by Nancy Jenner, current curator of Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, who will showcase some of Harry's rarely seen photographs of Sutter's Fort during the Depression era. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity!
Free for Friends of Sutter's Fort members
$6.00 admission charge per person for non-members.
For more information and to reserve your seat, please contact Kyle Floyd, Marketing and Membership Coordinator, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Harry Peterson, Curator, with relics at Sutter's Fort, Sacramento


4/20-22: Traders Faire

Mark your calendars for the return of Sacramento's first mall -- our annual Traders' Faire is on its way! During this three-day event, Sutter's Fort is transformed into a pre-gold rush bazaar where visitors can purchase one-of-a-kind reproductions from vendors dressed in period attire.
Demonstrations of historic crafts, skills, and black powder weaponry will happen daily!

Are you or someone you know an artisan or purveyor of fine things? If so, we'd love to have you join us as a vendor during this event!
Visit our Facebook page for more details. 
For more information regarding this event, please call the park at (916) 445-4422.

5/3: Sacramento Big Day of Giving

We are proud to participate in Big Day of Giving 2018! Please mark your calendars and remember to support Friends of Sutter's Fort on this important day of giving. 

4/14: Playing the Past, Girl Scout Program

The purpose of this event is to provide an educational interpretive program that meets the needs of Girl Scouts USA. Girl Scouts and non-scouts will enjoy a 2 ½ hour program at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park and learn about life as a pioneer including crafts, games, clothing, wagon travel, and more in order to earn their "Playing the Past" badge. After the program ends, you are more than welcome to stay and learn about the Fort via our self-guided audio tour. 

 Click Here to Register for our April 14th Girl Scout Program



 Badge requirements state that you must complete these five steps:

  1. Decide who you are
  2. Create a costume
  3. Experience daily life
  4. Have some old-fashioned fun
  5. Become your character

Steps 1 and 2 must be completed before your program day at the Fort. Please see the Girl Scouts USA badge requirements and how we fulfill those requirements.

2018 DATES

  • April 14 – 10:15am to 12:45pm- REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
  • June 9 – 10:15am to 12:45pm
  • August 11 – 10:15am to 12:45pm
  • September 8 – 1pm to 3:30pm


  • $15 per scout. Program price includes admission for one scout, one adult, and a "Playing the Past" badge.
  • All registrations are non-refundable.
  • Non-scouts may also participate at the same price, registration is required.
  • Additional adults and non-participating siblings will be required to pay normal entrance fee at kiosk upon arrival.


  • Please meet at the Sutter's Fort kiosk (28th St between L St an K St) no later than 10am to check in.
  • No food or beverages other than water allowed inside the Fort.
  • This program will be held rain or shine so please dress accordingly.
  • Participants must wear closed toe shoes.
  • Scouts will receive a "Playing the Past" badge after the program from our Trade Store.

Please contact our Interpreter I, Amber Sprock, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions or concerns regarding Playing the Past at Sutter's Fort.

2701 L Street
Sacramento CA, 95816
(916) 445-4422

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