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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Programs

Description
The Rhoads School is a restored local prairie school. Opened in May 1872, the school was named after John P. Rhoads, who arrived in California from Illinois in 1846. The relocation from Sloughhouse Road to the Elk Grove park was completed on July 4th, 1977. Today the school serves two purposes. It is a Living History Program open to third and fourth graders during the school year so they can experience what a typical school day was like in the 1890's. Serves about 80 classes and a total of approximately 2400+ children from the Elk Grove School District. And it is also a museum that is open to the public. All of these events are designed to attract community members to the museum to learn about their local history and encourage them to engage in programs and activities in which they are interested. They also serve as fundraisers.
Budget
$2,500
Program Successes
Education of our local youth to the history of our community and forefathers.
Description
The Elk Grove House & Stage Stop was built in 1850 by James Hall, the founding father of Elk Grove. Sitting along the historic Monterey Trail, the original building was torn down in 1957 for a Highway 99 expansion project. Reconstructed by the Elk Grove Historical Society from drawings and pictures, the building now houses many exhibits from the Elk Grove area. In addition to the rotating history exhibits, visitors will see what a public house would have looked like in 1850 when California first became a state, with a ladies parlor, tavern, and ballroom. Here the visitor can view artifacts from early settlers of the region. The museum has the Tom Russell Research Library which presently holds the largest collection in California of documents, books, photographs and artifacts from the Elk Grove area. There is monthly interpretive history program of the Elk Grove area through our docent lead open house at the Elk Grove House and Stage Stop Museum. All of these events are designed to attract community members to the museum to learn about their local history and to encourage them to engage in programs and activities in which they are interested. They also serve as fundraisers.
Budget
$3,000
Program Successes
Community requests for the history of the Elk Grove area.
Description
The Elk Grove House and Stage Stop is converted over to an eerie 1890's haunted house which is open to the public each weekend in October. It is staffed by society members dressed in various costumes and the local high school students staff each room. It is truly an exciting experience. We are child friendly. All of these events are designed to attract community members to the museum to learn about their local history and to encourage them to engage in programs and activities in which they are interested. They also serve as fundraisers.
Budget
$3,000
Program Successes
Continual demand year after year.
Description
All eight rooms and the grounds of the Elk Grove House and Stage Stop are converted in to a replica of Christmas as it was in the 1890's. Santa Claus is present all day Saturday and Sunday for the first three weekends of December for the children. All of these events are designed to attract community members to the museum to learn about their local history and to encourage them to engage in programs and activities in which they are interested. They also serve as fundraisers.
Budget
$4,400
Program Successes
Continual request for continuation of the program from visitors.
Description
The museum grounds are transformed into garden party-like surroundings for a mid-day luncheon and tea served in an historic Victorian era style. Beautiful roses are in bloom and other carefully tended flowers and trees are a wonderful sight to enjoy throughout the grounds. All of these events are designed to attract community members to the museum to learn about their local history and to encourage them to engage in programs and activities in which they are interested. They also serve as fundraisers.
Budget
$2,500
Program Successes
This event always draws a large contingent of the community for an afternoon of relaxation enjoyment with fellow community members.