Sutter's Fort SHP -- Hands on History: Sutter’s Fort in 1846 - A Community of Many Faces

Park: Sutter's Fort SHP

What: Hands on History:  Sutter’s Fort in 1846 - A Community of Many Faces

Where: Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
 2701 L Street, Midtown, Sacramento
When: Saturday, May 17, 2014

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

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present a special “Hands on History: Sutter’s Fort in 1846 - A Community of Many Faces” event that celebrates and honors the richly diverse cultures represented at the Fort.  In fact, the Gold Rush of 1849 brought tens of thousands of people to California from all over the world.  But even before the first gold seekers arrived, Sutter’s Fort was already a melting pot of ethnic, social and cultural diversity.  For this interactive and fun “Hands on History” event, Fort guests will be treated to representatives of the Hawaiian culture sharing holistic medicine practices, individuals from the Sacramento Swiss Society playing music and talking about the Swiss culture in New Helvetia, cultural representation of the Sacramento Valley Native People, live entertainment featuring authentic Californio music, rancho culture demonstrations and French and English fur trappers showing how traps work.  And, of course, demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon.  Fort visitors will also have the hands-on opportunity to participate in history-themed scavenger hunts and corn husk doll making. Sutter’s Fort SHP is open daily and more information is available at 916-445-4422 or

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Event Dates

Saturday, May 17, 2014