Sutter's Fort SHP -- Hands-on-History: War in California! -- June 15, 2013
Park: Sutter's Fort SHP
What: Hands-on-History: War in California!
Where: Sutter's Fort State Historic Park; 2701 L Street, Midtown, Sacramento
When: Saturday, June 15, 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: War in California!" event on Saturday, June 15. Stepping back in time to 1846, the Fort will re-visit a time when Mexican California was in a continuous state of political unrest and threats from foreign powers were a constant menace. The English Navy was anxious to have a good seaport on the Pacific Coast and kept warships in the area; French emissaries had approached John Sutter for an alliance; United State President James Polk was espousing the concept of "Manifest destiny" and the dream that the U.S. would extend from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans. The turmoil reached an apex in June of 1846, when as many as five flags may have had a turn flying over Sutter's Fort. At the special "Hands on History" event, guests will hear debates about which alliance Sutter and the Fort should take in the conflict and will find out which five flags may have flown over the Fort. During this exciting day, Fort visitors can also participate in history-themed scavenger hunts and watch black powder weaponry in action including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter's cannon. Sutter's Fort SHP is open daily and more information is available at 916-445-4422 or www.suttersfort.org.
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