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Local Historian to Receive Elk Grove Key to the City August 27

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Press Release - Local Historian to Receive Elk Grove Key to the City August 27

Posted: 08/15/2016

Mayor Gary Davis will present Elk Grove educator, author, and local historian, Elizabeth Pinkerton, with a Key to the City as part of the opening ceremonies of Elk Grove’s Multicultural Festival, at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 27 at Elk Grove Regional Park.

About the Honoree…Photo Courtesy of EGUSD

Elizabeth Pinkerton is a native of Northern Wisconsin. She and her husband Tom moved to Elk Grove with their family in 1962. The four Pinkerton children – Mike, Pat, Tim and Sarah – all attended Elk Grove schools. Elizabeth served as a teacher and administrator at elementary, middle and high schools in the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD). She was director of State and Federal Programs for the district and held leadership positions with local, state and national organizations. In 2008, the EGUSD recognized Mrs. Pinkerton’s lifetime of service by naming a middle school in her honor.

Working with her students over the years, Elizabeth became known as a local historian. For more than 30 years, she has written a weekly column for the Elk Grove Citizen entitled “History Happened Here.” She has authored three books on Elk Grove history and co-authored with Mary Tsukamoto a Story on Internment in America. Elizabeth has donated an estimated $55,000 in proceeds from book sales for student scholarships through the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation.

Ms. Pinkerton continues to work as an educational consultant and as an Elk Grove community volunteer. Students of the 2015 Summer at City Hall program, a collaboration between EGUSD and the City of Elk Grove, nominated Mrs. Pinkerton for a Key to the City. In their nomination submitted by Summer at City Hall faculty advisor, Carlos Garcia, it states, “Ms. Pinkerton graciously donated her time to work with the Summer at City Hall students and helped to instill in them a sense of civic pride and enthusiasm for Elk Grove’s proud heritage and bright future. There is simply no one more deserving of Key to the City of Elk Grove recognition than Ms. Elizabeth Pinkerton.”

Pinkerton will be the fifth recipient of a Key to the City since the program’s inception in 2013. The Key to the City is an honorary gesture of appreciation and welcome reserved for notable Elk Grove residents who have made outstanding contributions benefiting the community.

Ms. Pinkerton has been an annual exhibitor at the Elk Grove Multicultural Festival since its inception in 2012. The Festival is Elk Grove’s largest cultural celebration, attracting more than 10,000 visitors in 2015.

“Our diversity is one of biggest strengths, but so is our history,” said Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis. “And no one knows our history better than Mrs. Elizabeth Pinkerton. I invite and encourage all those who know, love, and respect Mrs. Pinkerton for her work in our community to join me for this special presentation.”

About the Event…

The opening ceremony for the 5th annual Elk Grove Multicultural Festival will include a presentation of the Key to the City to Ms. Elizabeth Pinkerton from the Diversity dance stage. Additional festivities including performances by more than 20 dance and musical acts, an art show, car show, cooking contest, and more than 100 exhibits on display until 5 pm.

Where: Elk Grove Regional Park (9950 Elk Grove-Florin Rd)
When: Saturday, August 27
Time:   10:00 am
Cost:    FREE

For more information about the Key to the City program, visit or contact Public Affairs Manager Kristyn Nelson at 916-478-2206 or

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