Living History and Pioneer Demonstration Days

Pioneer Men at Living History Days at the FortSutter's Fort Living History and Pioneer Demonstration Days are outstanding theatre and interpretive programs at the state historic park.

Living History Days are “theatre days” and the Fort returns to the year 1846, the year California became a U.S. territory.  When park visitors talk to a costumed docent on a Living History Day, they will be talking to a “historical” character who doesn’t know what digital cameras and Nike shoes are.  You can see Captain John Sutter cross the parade grounds and men dressed in heavy buckskin loading their flintlock rifles. Soldiers from the 1840s perform drills, while the blacksmith makes horseshoes at a hot forge. Women scrub clothes on a washboard and prepare stews over cooking fires. Park docents and volunteers re-create the everyday life and times at "Fort New Helvetia," Sutter’s original name for the Fort.

Pioneer Demonstration Days are “interpretive days” at the Fort. Costumed docents wear 1840s clothing and are engaged in 1840s activities. On Pioneer Demonstration Days, park visitors are invited to join in the activities and make comparisons between the 1840s and today.

Through theatre and interpretation, our living history programs bring the Fort to life. The characters and costumes seen have been extensively researched for presenting an exciting period in our state's past. Costumes are authentic, from fur hats to ivory buttons and buckled shoes. Sutter’s Fort Living History Days and Pioneer Demonstration Days are filled with California History.

Admission Fees: $6 for Adults   $3 youth (6-17)  Children 5 and younger are free

Pioneer Women at Living History Days at the FortOn a Living History Day, costumed docents bring Sutter's Fort State Historic Park to life.