Sutter's Fort State Historic Park has announced two new educational programs where participants can experience California history by literally getting their hands on it.
"Hands on History: Trappers, Trades, and Treaties" (Jan. 22) will explore the multi-faceted life of 1840s fur trappers. Docents will share their knowledge of how trappers lived, worked, explored and traded with Native Americans. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch musket demonstrations, examine pelts, use quill pens, and string trading beads.
"Hands on History: By Land and By Sea" (Feb. 19) will help visitors understand the challenges early pioneers faced as they traveled to California overland and on ships. Hands-on activities include packing a wagon or trunk, choosing what to bring on the long journey, using a nautical compass, weaving rope and much more.
Call 916-445-4422 or see the attached press release for more details on these Hands on History events.
PHOTO CREDIT: Docents (l-r) Clarence Sutton, Judy Prey and Bill Brown prepare for the 25th anniversary of the Sutter's Fort Living History Program, Nov. 2005. Photo by Steve Prey.