Elk Grove Historical Society


The mission of the Elk Grove Historical Society is to promote public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Elk Grove's history. This is done through educational and living history programs; collecting and preserving articles of historic value; establishing and maintaining a historical library; and advocating for the preservation of historical material and properties in Elk Grove and the surrounding areas.

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Address:9941 East Stockton Boulevard
Elk Grove, CA 95759
County or Parish:Sacramento
Primary NTEE:Public & Societal Benefit 
Sub NTEE:Single Organization Support  
Executive Director:Ken Miller
Contact Email:eghs@elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com
Primary Phone:916-685-8115
Website:http://www.elkgrovehistoricalsociety.com
The organization is made of a dedicated group of volunteers who are determined to preserve and protect our local history and make it available to the whole community. Elk Grove was a very important part of the development of California history. It was long inhabited by the Miwok Native Americans, was part of the California Gold Rush, established the first county library in California and built the second public high school in the area. Elk Grove was an important stop along the Monterey Trail and later the railroad as they traveled back and forth from northern and southern California. Later the Monterey Trail became part of the Lincoln Highway which stretched across the nation. There are still many old buildings and relatives from pioneer families who continue the preservation and sharing of their history. The society started from humble beginnings and worked hard many years to achieve what they have created for the community. We have a lot of history to present and care for and we need to continue that progress.
Our biggest needs are to fund programs:

Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Restore the Foulks House - $90,000
  2. Funding: Unrestricted - Construct historically designed cover/roof over rear entrance - $15,000.
  3. Funding: Unrestricted - Various needed repairs to museum - $5,000
  4. Funding: Unrestricted - Restore Reese School - unknown
  5. Funding: Unrestricted - Windows for the Rhoads School to replace those that leak and continue to provide/fund approximately 15 student scholarships for students to attend the Rhoads School living history program.
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 2017. 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.