Elk Grove Historical Society
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Organization Details

Programs

Description
The Elk Grove Stage Stop and House was a lone stage stop in 1850 between Sacramento and Monterey. In later years it was bought by a family and became a ranch with a dairy barn and shed. The barn is long gone, but we would like to reconstruct a historically recreation of that original barn as an event center with a hall, kitchen and bathroom. Community organizations and we could use it hold meetings as well as be used for community and private events, weddings, etc., which would help with income to maintain the museum. This is a long-term project as plans must be drawn and funds raised.
Budget
$250,000
Program Successes
A benefactor has kick started this project with a generous donation of $100,000. It is long term project 4 to 5 years, maybe more. (?) Specific fundraisers will be held during the summer months for this project.
Description
In olden times a summer kitchen was often added to the house kitchen. There was no air conditioning in those days and many items were prepared in the addition during the summer. We would like to construct a covered screened in kitchen/porch with ADA ramp to extend the capacity of the museum and for preparing items for events.
Budget
$70,000
Program Successes
A benefactor has kick started this project with a generous donation. Our current fundraising events will be dedicated for this project. We hope to have it completed in the next 2 years.
Description
Throughout the year, as possible historical sites/museums/events present themselves, the society will charter a bus to bring approximately 35-70 people to the event. We advertise in the local newspaper and in our newsletter and it is open to anyone who wants to join us. The cost can vary depending on the distance and cost of the bus, but usually ranges from about $60 -$80 per person. The ride is often on a weekday and is an all day event, usually leaving Heritage Park parking lot around 8:00 am-8:30 am and returning around 5:30 pm-6:00 pm. It is always an enlightening adventure and we learn so much about each historic site. By touring other historical landmarks, it gives us an appreciation for and understanding of our own history and how it all relates. It is our continuing effort to involve the community and promote history.
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
As stated above, we charter a bus to accommodate 35-70 history interested individuals costing $60-$80 per person, which often includes lunch and the price of tours. We search for interesting destinations and then offer 2-3 trips per year. We almost always fill up the bus and hear wonderful comments about each tour. Many return for the next adventure.
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. It serves about 80+ classes yearly and a total of approximately 2400+ children from the Elk Grove School District and nearby school districts. 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
$3,500
Program Successes
As stated above, we schedule approximately 80-85 third grade classes a year with 25-33 students per class from the Elk Grove and surrounding Sacramento school districts. 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
We have thousands of guests who tour our free first Saturday Open Tours and various fundraisers and events each year. The grounds have become a focal point of the community and now is open for rental for weddings, meetings, parties and various other events. The Tom Russel Research Library is also visited by many for research requests for the history of the Elk Grove area and for various written articles.
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 3-4 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
Each year the traffic over the holidays to see the decorated museum, to decorate cookies in the kitchen and to visit Santa Claus is increasing. Some from out of town here to visit local family, now schedule their visits so they may enjoy the museum weekend event. Santa Claus is busy every minute the museum is open. We are constantly requested for continuation of the program from visitors which is our plan.
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 has become a well known and attended event selling out a month ahead of time. This event always draws a large contingent from the local community, but has now spread to include the greater Sacramento area. It includes tea and good food, many sought after raffle prizes, and table decorations that have become very lavish and competetive. It is lavishly prepared for an afternoon of relaxation and enjoyment with fellow community members.