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!

January 17, 2015

Hands on History: Trappers, Traders and Treaties


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February 21, 2015

Hands on History: By Land and By Sea



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Sutter’s Fort SHP is Currently Recruiting Volunteers


Are you interested in California history?  Are you looking for a fun and unique way to serve your community? Do you enjoy being in a California State Park? If your answer is “yes,” and you are at least 18 years of age, you are invited to apply now for Volunteer Training at Sutter’s Fort. 


Volunteers are needed to interpret the historic rooms, to demonstrate everyday activities and skills of California’s pioneers of the 1840’s, and to welcome the thousands of visitors from all over the world who come to experience this historic site.  Behind the scenes opportunities also exist.


Training consists of approximately 14 class sessions.  California State Parks staff and current Sutter’s Fort docents teach interpretive skills and techniques, period crafts, costuming, and the history of Sutter’s Fort.


Advance interviews are required for all participants.  For further details, or to request an application, please contact Llonel Onsurez, Volunteer Coordinator at lThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Or, you may download an application at Volunteer Application.  Completed applications should be mailed to:


 Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
 2701 L Street
 Sacramento, CA  95816


 or you can email the completed application to: lThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .