History Week

history week

Started as a stage stop along the historic Lincoln Highway in 1850, Elk Grove has become a vibrant city home to more than 170,000 people. The last full week in September is recognized as Elk Grove Area History Week. Join local organizations in celebrating Elk Grove’s storied past and pioneers at events at activities that promote our proud heritage.

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Plow to Plate Dinner

Saturday, September 22, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Elk Grove Stage Stop Museum, 9941 East Stockton Boulevard
$80 Per Person, Buy Tickets

Chef Danny Ortega of Meadowlands restaurant will prepare a seasonal meal with produce sourced from the region. Entertainment will include a performances by the Foundation String Quartet and a play that tells the story of the Elk Grove Book Club, the oldest book club in the country founded by and with exclusive membership of women. Proceeds benefit the Rhoads School Scholarship Program and the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation. Hosted by the Elk Grove Historical Society and the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation.


Pinkerton Picnic in the Park Honoring the Herburger Family

Sunday, September 23, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Elk Grove Stage Stop Museum, 9941 East Stockton Boulevard
Free Activities, Buy Tickets

Explore Elk Grove’s Stage Stop Museum and participate in picnic games and children’s activities from yesteryear at a picnic event honoring the Herburger Family. The Herburger Family has owned and operated Elk Grove’s local newspaper, the Elk Grove Citizen, since 1959. Bring your own picnic lunch or purchase lunch tickets for a barbecue meal prepared by Cooks & Canes. Museum tours and activities begin at 10:30 a.m. Lunch service begins at 11:30 am. The deadline to purchase lunch tickets is Saturday, September 8. Hosted by the Elk Grove Historical Society


Sloughhouse Pioneer Cemetery Tour

Monday, September 24, 4:00 pm to Dusk
Meiss Road
Free

The Sloughhouse Pioneer Cemetery contains more than 167 graves. Learn about the pioneer life in early California at this free docent led tour hosted by the Elk Grove-Cosumnes Cemetery District.


Elk Grove Cemetery Tour

Tuesday, September 25, 4:00 pm to Dusk
8540 Elk Grove Boulevard
Free

Established in 1874, learn more about the people and the property at the Elk Grove Cemetery on this free docent led tour. Hosted by the Elk Grove-Cosumnes Cemetery District.
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Walking Tour of Old Town Elk Grove

Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Check In at the Old Town Plaza, 9615 Railroad Street
Free 

Call it Main Street or Old Town, this historic part of Elk Grove has its share of stories. Learn more about the businesses, saloons and people that make up Elk Grove’s past on this docent led walking tour. Tours are free. Hosted by the Old Town Elk Grove Foundation and the City of Elk Grove.
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Franklin Cemetery Tour

Thursday, September 27, 4:00 pm to Dusk
Franklin Boulevard at Hood Franklin Road
Free

Established in 1887, the Franklin Cemetery is home to Alexander Hamilton Willard, said to be the last surviving member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Learn more about the people and the property at the Franklin Cemetery on this free docent led tour hosted by the Elk Grove-Cosumnes Cemetery District.
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“The History of Hops in Elk Grove”
Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Keynote Address

Friday, September 28, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Valley Hi Country Club, 9595 Franklin Boulevard
$30 Per Person, Register by September 21

Learn about the “History of Hops in Elk Grove” as told by Tom Mahon, a fourth generation Elk Grove rancher, at the Chamber’s monthly luncheon. Hosted by the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce.


Mahon Ranch Hops and Brew Fest

Friday, September 28, 4:00 to 10:00 pm
Mahon Ranch, 10171 Grant Line Road
$45 Per Person, Buy Tickets

Celebrate the local history of hops with an event featuring displays and activities depicting historic hop farming operations of the area. Enjoy the first brewing of beer produced from local hops and samplings from other beer vendors as well as hayrides, music, and dancing, and food. Proceeds benefit the Linda Mae Mahon Lema Foundation. Ticket price includes admission and activities. Beer and food are available for purchase. Hosted by Triple J Brewing Supplies and Mahon Ranch.

Other Historic Resources
About the Elk Grove Historic Preservation Committee
More About the History of Old Town

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