Sutter's Fort SHP -- Hands on History: The Role of Women on the Frontier -- March 17
Park: Sutter's Fort SHP
What: Hands on History: The Role of Women on the Frontier
Where: Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
2701 L Street, Midtown, Sacramento
When: Saturday, March 17, 2012
Time: Fort hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For More Info: Call 916-445-4422 or visit www.suttersfort.org
Emigrant women at this time were not the well-to-do Victorian ladies wearing pretty clothes and acting like the prim and proper sort. They were vital economic partners in families. Just getting hot water to wash your face in the morning was an effort. Many pioneer women set up their own businesses selling eggs, milk, or baked goods to neighbors and travelers. The woman of the household was usually responsible for the education and social training of the children. In Mexican California, women were allowed to own property, which gave them increased economic and political leverage over the conditions they experienced in the States. Fort visitors will learn how to bake, churn butter, prepare large meals and cook with ironware. Children will write on a slate, have penmanship lessons and read from a 19th Century primer. Cannon demonstrations will be at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. For more information, call (916) 445-4422 or visit www.suttersfort.org.
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