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 & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War” and “Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past.”
Stapp will be on-site to give presentations and answer questions about frontier women in California and their role in family and community and to sign copies of her books, available for purchase in the Fort Trade Store.
At this special event, fort visitors will realize that emigrant women were not well-to-do Victorian ladies with pretty clothes who lived a life of leisure.
In contrast, simply getting enough hot water to wash their faces in the morning was an effort, and pioneer women were vital economic partners in families, many of whom set up their own businesses selling eggs, milk or baked goods to neighbors and travelers.
With special artifacts on display, fort guests will enjoy crowd-favorite black powder and musket demonstrations, dutch-oven cooking demonstrations and an interactive wagon trail camp for visitors to experience what it was like to camp as part of a wagon train.
Fort guests will also learn to carry water buckets, use a yoke, decide what supplies are necessary for the trip, help load the wagon and climb inside an authentic covered wagon to feel what it was like to journey across country.
Sutter’s Fort SHP, at 2701 L St. in Midtown Sacramento, is open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cannon firing demonstrations are 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m; Stapp presentations are 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m and musket demonstrations will be periodically throughout the day.
The cost of admission is $7 per adult, 18 and older; $5 per youth, ages 6-17; and free for children 5 years and under.
For more information call 916-445-4422 or visit suttersfort.org.