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.

12/9/ A Simple Emigrant Christmas

 “Hands on History:

A Simple Emigrant Christmas on December 9

Celebrate the Holidays with Sutter's Fort!

 California State Parks, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to present an interactive, fun and festive “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event on Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Fort visitors will be delighted to see the recently completed restoration of the historic walls, gates, blacksmith shop and continuing work on the interior walls plus have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1850s to enjoy festive holiday traditions from John Sutter’s day.

In California’s early history, people from around the world passed through the Fort gates, each with their own customs and traditions for the holiday season. Friends and families are encouraged to visit the Fort to experience a variety of early holiday traditions and cultural activities similar to what early emigrants enjoyed. Complete with docents in period attire, entertaining vignettes will be set up that showcase a few of the diverse holiday scenes that will include food, music, decorations and other holiday traditions. As a special treat for kids of all ages, Father Christmas will be on-hand to hear holiday wishes.

 Fort visitors can also participate in a number of hands-on activities such as dipping and creating their own holiday candles, crafting their own “keepsake” holiday ornaments – that include snowflakes, cornhusk angels and bird nests – plus making holiday cards with nib (or “dip”) pens and colored ink, grinding raw wheat into “Christmas flour,” singing Christmas carols with Fort musicians and more. And, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon. Additionally, Friends of Sutter's Fort Trade Store will be open, providing complimentary samples of gold nugget chocolates and offering a special holiday sale.

Admission costs for this special “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event at the Fort are as follows: $7 per adult (18 and older), $3 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and free for children 5 and under. Members of Friends of Sutter's Fort may gain free entry. 

For more information, please call 916-445-4422.

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11/26 Special Event with Author Richard Mitchell and Artist Jay Weldon

Author and illustrator and TED speaker Maira Kalman once said that "A visit to a museum is a search for beauty, truth and meaning in our lives. Go to museums as often as you can."

Please join Friends of Sutter’s Fort on Museum Store Sunday, as we partner with the Museum Store Association and over 450 museum stores throughout the country to offer relaxing, inspired shopping inside your favorite museums and cultural institutions.

By participating in Museum Store Sunday, you will support our efforts to provide highly curated, unique, mission-specific gifts. From books to jewelry to children’s products to home accessories and gourmet food, there is something for everyone.

We pride ourselves in carrying items that serve an educational or interpretive purpose- and often these are unique items that you won’t find in traditional stores.  All proceeds from our Trade Store sales go back into supporting our work at Friends of Sutter’s Fort.  

Shop knowing you are supporting the preservation, protection and enhancement of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, and the educational programs that serve over 50,000 children annually.  

Plus, this year we are delighted to have Author Richard Mitchell speak at 3 p.m. on his new book, Strawberry: Valley of Legends. Richard will be joined by Sacramento artist Jay Weldon, who illustrated this beautiful book.

About Strawberry: Valley of Legends 

This beautiful historical memoir was written by former owner of the historic Strawberry Lodge, Richard Mitchell. The book details his experiences at the iconic Strawberry Lodge at Echo Summit, and also delves into the history of over 150 years in Strawberry. The book is full color and includes dozens of photos and illustrations.  A perfect gift for this holiday season!

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

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