Sutter's Fort SHP -- Hands on History: The Donners and Other Emigrant Wagon Parties -- November 16
Park: Sutter's Fort SHP
What: "Hands on History: The Donners and Other Emigrant Wagon Parties"
Where: Sutter's Fort State Historic Park
2701 L Street, Midtown, Sacramento
When: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: Fort hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open daily)
Cannon firing demonstrations: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Musket demonstrations periodically throughout the day
Cost: $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 and under
For More: Call 916-445-4422 or visit www.suttersfort.org
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: The Donners and Other Emigrant Wagon Parties event on Saturday, November 16. Early in California's history, wagon travel across the Sierra Nevada was a dangerous proposition and more than 80 emigrants became trapped in the Sierra snows during the winter of 1846-47. Today the group is known as the Donner Party, but they were actually many different families and individuals. Sutter's Fort was their destination and became their only hope of survival. Rescue parties of volunteers were assembled at the Fort, mules and packs were gathered and a variety of food supplies were packed for the rescue. Few people are aware that a second relief party carried 100 pounds of cocoa and 400 pounds of sugar among other more staple items. And in fact, the Sutter's Fort Collection is the largest repository of original source Donner Party material in existence that includes photographs and documents that support tales of horror, heroism, greed, bravery, romance, murder, sacrifice, survival, avarice and the importance of family. During this very special "Hands on History" event, Fort visitors will have the unique opportunity to view replicas of rarely seen original documents and hear the mysterious and haunting stories that have fallen through the cracks. Visitors will also be able to pack a wagon, write in their journals with a quill pen, make a corn husk or rag doll and create their own pioneer souvenir item to take home. Sutter's Fort SHP is open daily and more information about this event or the Park in general is available by calling 916-445-4422 or visiting www.suttersfort.org.
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