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Sutter’s Fort presents ‘Hands on History’

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” event on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The special “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” event will celebrate and […]

Sutter’s Fort sets up shop

California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present a vibrant, educational and fun three-day event — “Traders’ Faire — California’s First Mall” — on Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19. Offered just once a year, this lively and highly anticipated interpretive event takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each […]

Hands on History takes a feminine approach

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In honor of “Women’s History Month,” fort visitors will learn about three important […]

‘Hands on History’ travels by land and sea

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” event on Saturday, Feb 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through special presentations, exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities, docents will help fort visitors understand […]

Hands on History teaches trades

As part of a special and continuing interactive program happening on the third Saturday of each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: Trappers, Trades and Treaties” event on Jan. 17. From 10 a.m-5 p.m, visitors to the fort will step back in time to the 1840s to […]

Enjoy a simple Christmas

To help get fort visitors in a festive holiday spirit, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present an interactive and fun “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In John Sutter’s day, people from around the world passed through the gates of Sutter’s Fort, each […]

Hands on History features the Donner Party

In an effort 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, Nov. 15, that is focused on a western migration theme. Early in California’s history, wagon travel across the Sierra Nevada […]

Creepy time at Sutter’s Fort

For those looking for something ghoulishly unique to do this Halloween, check out the fifth annual “The Haunted Fort” at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25. Back by popular demand, the historic site will offer special lantern-lit guided tours that are based in fact but with a […]

Sutter’s Fort commemorates 175 Years

On Saturday, Aug. 16, California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History” event commemorating John Sutter’s arrival to the Sacramento region 175 years ago that led to the building of Sutter’s Fort, the discovery of gold and the founding of the city of Sacramento. John Sutter […]

Foreign powers covet early California

As part of an ongoing focus to provide high-energy, interactive and educational activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is proud to present a special “Hands on History: War in California!” event on Saturday, June 21. Stepping back in time to 1846, the fort will re-visit a time when Mexican California was in a continuous state […]

Experience Hands on History at Sutter’s Fort

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present a special “Hands on History: Sutter’s Fort in 1846 — A Community of Many Faces” event that celebrates and honors the richly diverse cultures represented at the fort. The Gold Rush of 1849 brought tens of thousands of people to California from all over the […]

Women work at Sutter’s Fort

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present a special “Hands on History: Hard Working Women of the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 15. As an event highlight and in honor of “Women’s History Month,” fort visitors will have the opportunity to hear from special guest Cheryl Stapp, historian and author of “Disaster […]

Travel by land and sea

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” event on Saturday, Feb. 15. Through exciting demonstrations and fun hands-on activities, docents will help fort visitors understand the two different ways emigrants originally came […]

Visitors see history first hand at Sutter’s Fort

As part of a special and continuing interactive program happening on the third Saturday of each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: Trappers, Trades and Treaties” event on Saturday, Jan. 18. Visitors to the fort will step back in time to the 1840s to learn why trappers […]

Sutter’s Fort celebrates holidays past

To help get fort visitors in a festive holiday spirit, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park has two interactive and fun “Hands on History” events scheduled on one very special day — Saturday, Dec. 14. Throughout the day, fort visitors will step back in time to holidays past with festive, hands-on activities such as dipping candles, […]

Learn about the Donner Party at Sutter’s Fort

As part of an ongoing focus to provide high-energy, interactive and educational activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is proud to present a special “Hands on History: The Donners and Other Emigrant Wagon Parties” event on Saturday, Nov. 16. Early in California’s history, wagon travel across the Sierra Nevada was a dangerous proposition and more […]

Feast at the Fort for foodies everywhere

To the delight of history enthusiasts and food and wine lovers throughout the region, Friends of Sutter’s Fort is proud to present a unique culinary experience — Feast at the Fort — on Saturday evening, Sept. 21. Now part of the city-wide Farm-to-Fork effort, this is the fourth year for this signature event held at […]

Sutter’s Fort presents special activities

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: Tools, Talent and Technology — Jobs at Sutter’s Fort” event on Saturday, Aug. 17. In 1839 when John Sutter elected to build his agricultural empire, some believed […]

Make golden discoveries at Sutter’s Fort

As part of an ongoing focus to provide high-energy, interactive and educational activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP), 2701 L St. in midtown Sacramento, is proud to present a special “Hands on History: Mining the Miners” event on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 […]

Step back in time at Sutter’s Fort

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: War in California!” event on Saturday, June 15. Stepping back in time to 1846, the fort will re-visit a time when Mexican California was in a continuous […]

Sutter’s Fort celebrates pioneer women

In honor of “Women’s History Month,” Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present a special “Hands on History: Hard Working Women of the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 16, that includes a visit by historian and respected author Cheryl Stapp. Author of  “Disaster and Triumph: Sacramento Women,” “Gold Rush Through the Civil […]

Travel by land and sea

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park will present a special “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” event on Saturday, Feb. 16. Through exciting demonstrations and fun hands-on activities, docents will help fort visitors understand the two different ways emigrants originally came to […]

Sutter’s Fort presents Christmas past

To help get fort visitors in a festive holiday spirit, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park has two interactive and fun “Hands on History” events scheduled on one very special day in December. On Saturday, Dec.8., fort visitors will step back in time to holidays past with festive, hands-on activities such as dipping candles, making cornhusk […]

Sutter’s Fort reveals enhancements

Originally established in 1839 and known today as a popular tourist destination, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is offering exciting new enhancements to delight fort guests from near and far — including the iconic Patty Reed doll. A series of recently completed enhancements are designed to enrich the visitor experience and assist in the interpretation […]

Donner Party activities at Sutter’s Fort

In the winter of 1846-47, wagon travel across the Sierra Nevada was a dangerous proposition and more than 80 emigrants became trapped in the Sierra snow. Known as the Donner Party, the travelers included individuals and many different families. Did you know that the snowbound emigrants lived in two separate camps almost five miles apart? […]

Experience a unique culinary experience at Sutter’s Fort

To the delight of history enthusiasts and food and wine lovers throughout the region, Friends of Sutter’s Fort is proud to present a unique culinary experience — “Feast at the Fort” on Saturday evening, Sept. 22. Previously known as “A Taste of History,” this is the third year for this signature event for Sutter’s Fort State […]

History lessons in action at two venues

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and the State Indian Museum are teaming up to present a special “Hands on History: They Came From All Over the World — Before the Gold Rush” event on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many people don’t realize that even before gold was discovered in 1848, […]

Hands on History at Sutter’s Fort

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park will present a special “Hands on History: Three Flags, One Fort” event on Saturday, June 16. Marked by passionate public debate and a charged atmosphere with a feeling of danger looming in the air, the park will use […]

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