Sutter's Fort SHP -- Hands on History: Hard Working Women of the Frontier

Park: Sutter's Fort SHP

What: Hands on History:  Hard Working Women of the Frontier

Where: Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
 2701 L Street, Midtown, Sacramento
When: Saturday, March 15, 2014

Time: Fort hours:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open daily)
 Cannon firing demonstrations:  11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
 Stapp presentations:  11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
 Musket demonstrations periodically throughout the day  
Cost: $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 years and under  

For More:Call 916-445-4422 or visit

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present a special “Hands on History: Hard Working Women of the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 15.  As an event highlight and in honor of “Women’s History Month,” Fort visitors will have the opportunity to hear from special guest Cheryl Stapp, historian and author of Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War and Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past.  Cheryl will be on-site to give presentations and answer questions about frontier women in California and their role in family and community (she will also be available to sign copies of her books, available for purchase in the Fort Trade Store).  At this special event, Fort visitors will realize that emigrant women were not well-to-do Victorian ladies with pretty clothes who lived a life of leisure.  In contrast, simply getting enough hot water to wash their faces in the morning was an effort, and pioneer women were vital economic partners in families, many of whom set up their own businesses selling eggs, milk, or baked goods to neighbors and travelers.  With special artifacts on display, Fort guests will enjoy crowd-favorite black powder and musket demonstrations, dutch-oven cooking demonstrations, and an interactive wagon trail camp for visitors to experience what it was like to camp as part of a wagon train. Fort guests will also learn to carry water buckets, use a yoke, decide what supplies are necessary for the trip, help load the wagon and climb inside an authentic covered wagon to feel what it was like to journey across country.  Sutter’s Fort SHP is open daily and more information is available at 916-445-4422 or

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Event Dates

Saturday, March 15, 2014