The Elk Grove Historical Society promotes public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Elk Grove's history. This is done through educational and living history programs; discovering, collecting and preserving articles of historic value; establishing and maintaining a historical library; and advocating for the preservation of history material and properties in Elk Grove and the surrounding areas. The Society operates the Elk Grove House and Stage Stop Museum located in Heritage Park at the west entrance to Elk Grove Regional Park, 9941 E Stockton Blvd . Also on the grounds are the San Joaquin Courthouse and Jail; the oldest residence in Elk Grove, 'the Foulks House,' and the 1884 Reese School. The Society also operates the Rhoads School, a restored prairie school located in Elk Grove Regional Park.The Elk Grove Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization that relies on fund raisers, donations and grants to maintain the museum and grounds, the San Joaquin Courthouse and Jail, as well as to provide for the Society's restoration projects. The Society plans to begin restoration of the Foulks House in the spring of 2016. Concurrent with restoration of the Foulks House is the construction of a combination blacksmith shop/storage facility as the Foulks House is currently used for storage. It's important to preserve our history for the education and appreciation of the younger generations, however, it takes a lot of money to do this. The Foulks House and Reese School have been awaiting restoration since 2005 and 2006, respectively, as it takes many years of fund raising to be able to begin restoration. The Society uses Boy Scouts to work on various projects around Heritage Park so they can earn their Eagle Scout badges. The garden clubs and Society members help keep the gardens looking beautiful, and the Society attempts to have as many materials and labor donated as possible for restoration and other projects to help keep costs down.