Stronghold of Pioneer Memories
Exploring some of the unique artifacts from Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park is just a click away!  Our online exhibit highlights the reconstruction of Sutter's Fort in the 1890s and explains how the Fort's collection of pioneer and early California artifacts was formed.  Scrolling through the exhibit you will see artifacts once belonging to John Sutter, James Marshall and the Donner Party. View Exhibit

Treasures from a Pioneer Family

It's 1850 and you are leaving Missouri to move to the new State of California. What will you take and what will you leave behind? The confines of a wagon forced pioneers to carefully choose what possessions to take with them to their new life thousands of miles away. Sometimes those decisions could mean the difference between life and death. Nonetheless, precious mementos of home often found their way amongst necessities. The Sutter's Fort collection includes some of the belongings Dr. James Anderson Brown and his family included in their wagon.