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Sutter's Fort SHP -- Donner Party -- November 16
“Hands on History: The Donners and Other Emigrant Wagon Parties” Saturday, November 16, 2013 10 am - 5 pm
As part of an ongoing focus to provide high-energy, interactive and educational activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present a special“Hands on History: The Donners and Other Emigrant Wagon Parties”event on Saturday, November 16.Early in California’s history, wagon travel across the Sierra Nevada was a dangerous proposition and more than 80 emigrants became trapped in the Sierra snows during the winter of 1846-47. Today the group is known as the Donner Party, but they were actually many different families and individuals. Sutter’s Fort was their destination and became their only hope of survival. Rescue parties of volunteers were assembled at the Fort, mules and packs were gathered and a variety of food supplies were packed for the rescue. Few people are aware that a second relief party carried 100 pounds of cocoa and 400 pounds of sugar among other more staple items. And in fact, the Sutter’s Fort Collection is the largest repository of original source Donner Party material in existence that includes photographs and documents that support tales of horror, heroism, greed, bravery, romance, murder, sacrifice, survival, avarice and the importance of family. During this very special “Hands on History” event, Fort visitors will have the unique opportunity to view replicas of rarely seen original documents and hear the mysterious and haunting stories that have fallen through the cracks. Visitors will also be able to pack a wagon, write in their journals with a quill pen, make a corn husk or rag doll and create their own pioneer souvenir item to take home. Sutter’s Fort SHP is open daily and more information about this event or the Park in general is available by calling 916-445-4422.
Sutter's Fort SHP -- A Simple Emigrant Christmas and Candlelight Tours! -- December 14, 2013
What: Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas & Candlelight Tours --
When: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time: A Simple Emigrant Christmas -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. --$7 per adult, $5 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 years and under
Candlelight Tours -- 6:30 to 9 p.m. -- $17 per person (Includes pie, coffee/cocoa and a souvenir cup at the conclusion of the tour)
To help get Fort visitors in a festive holiday spirit, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) has two interactive and fun “Hands on History” events scheduled on one very special day in December! Throughout the day, Fort visitors will step back in time to holidays past with festive, hands-on activities such as dipping candles, making cornhusk dolls and crafting holiday ornaments as part of special “A Simple Emigrant Christmas” activities. Friends and families are encouraged to visit the Fort to enjoy docents in period attire as they interpret and demonstrate a variety of early holiday traditions and cultural activities similar to what early emigrants did in the 1840s. Then, when darkness falls and lends a bit of mystery to the Fort, guests will see Sutter’s Fort in a new light -- by candlelight! Providing an alluring new perspective for visitors, Sutter’s Fort offers evening tours by candlelight. Guides will lead small groups of visitors into the Fort’s more intimate rooms for intriguing glimpses into the private lives of those who uprooted their families for a better life in early California. Fort visitors will overhear conversations such as families discussing opportunity or possible devastation in their new homes, husbands debating with wives, mothers re-assuring their children about life in rough and tumble Sacramento, tradesmen negotiating business, all surrounded by the night sky allowing visitors to travel back in time as city lights fade from view. Don’t miss the two “Hands on History” events happening at Sutter’s Fort SHP on one special day in December.