History Week

history week

September 21-28, 2019

Started as a stage stop along the historic Lincoln Highway in 1850, Elk Grove has become a vibrant city home to more than 174,000 people. The last full week in September is recognized as Elk Grove Area History Week. Join local organizations in celebrating Elk Grove’s storied past and pioneers at events at activities that promote our proud heritage.


Plow to Plate Dinner


Saturday, September 21, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Elk Grove Stage Stop Museum, 9941 East Stockton Boulevard
$80 Per Person

Chef Keith Breedlove of Culinerdy Kitchen will prepare a meal with sustainable and responsibly sourced local ingredients. Proceeds benefit the Rhoads School Scholarship Program. Hosted by the Elk Grove Historical Society.


Pinkerton Picnic in the Park Honoring Elk Grove Unified School District

Sunday, September 22, 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Elk Grove Stage Stop Museum, 9941 East Stockton Boulevard
Free

Explore Elk Grove’s Stage Stop Museum and picnic in the park like they did way back when. Free children’s activities including gold panning and water pump races. Join local historian Elizabeth Pinkerton at 12:45 p.m. for the presentation of the History Award to Elk Grove Unified School District as part of their 60th anniversary. A catered lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. for those who purchase tickets. Hosted by the Elk Grove Historical Society


LMML Foundation 4th annual Live Play Reading

Sunday, September 22, 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunshine Center, 9360 Elk Grove-Florin Rd. #4
$25 per person, Buy Tickets

Attend a matinee performance featuring the story of Mrs. Irene West, the first African-American teacher in Elk Grove. Doors open at 2:00pm for a wine reception, performance at 3pm. Appretizers and social mixer to follow. Proceeds benefit the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation.


Sloughhouse Pioneer Cemetery Tour

Monday, September 23, 4:00pm to Dusk
Highway 16 in Sloughhouse
Free

Learn more about the oldest pioneer cemetery in Northern California. The Sloughhouse Pioneer Cemetery contains more than 167 graves. The graves have been well studied and much information and documentation has been found on every resident of the cemetery. The cemetery is a hot bed of history, especially relating to the beginnings of Elk Grove. Learn about the pioneer life in early California at this free docent led tour hosted by Roberta Tanner.


Franklin Cemetery Tour

Tuesday, September 24, 4:00pm to Dusk
Franklin Boulevard at Hood Franklin Road
Free

Established in 1887, the Franklin Cemetery is home to Alexander Hamilton Willard, said to be the last surviving member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Learn more about the people and the property at the Franklin Cemetery on this free docent led tour hosted by Dennis Buscher.

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Rhoads School Tour

Wednesday, September 25, 4:00pm to Dusk
Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Free

Learn more about the historic schoolhouse relocated from Sloughhouse to Elk Grove Park in 1976 on this free docent led tour hosted by Roberta Tanner.


Walking Tour of Old Town Elk Grove

Thursday, September 26, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Check In at the Old Town Plaza, 9615 Railroad Street
Free

Call it Main Street or Old Town, this historic part of Elk Grove has its share of stories. Learn more about the businesses, saloons and people that make up Elk Grove’s past on this free docent led walking tour provided by Angela Perry with the Old Town Elk Grove Foundation.

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Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Friday, September 27, 11:30am to 1:00pm
Valley Hi Country Club, 9595 Franklin Boulevard
$30 Per Person, Buy Tickets

Learn about Elk Grove’s early history from Elk Grove native and 2016 Citizen of the Year, Jim Entrican, at the Chamber’s monthly luncheon. Hosted by the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce.


Mahon Ranch Hops and Brew Fest

Saturday, September 28, 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Mahon Ranch, 10171 Grant Line Road
$40 Adults, $15 Children 13 and under

The 2nd annual Mahon Ranch Hops and Brew fest offers a day of learning about Elk Grove’s rich hop history on a historic ranch while enjoying local craft beers. Elk Grove breweries will be serving their latest brews, some of which will highlight the rich 125 year history of hops grown along the Consumes River with specific beers, available only at the event. There will be ‘new era’ hop varieties as well as traditional/historic hops from some of the original 1860’s vines still growing wild in the River bottomland. Join the docent lead wagon ride tours along scenic Deer Creek to the hop fields. Check out the Classic Car Show, an antique carriage display, and live entertainment. Food by the Brickhouse. Ticket price includes a sandwich and 3 beer tickets. Parking is $10.

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