In the early days of the state, emigrants to California came long distances overland or by ship around the tip of South America. Their adventures will be explored at Sutter's Fort next "Hands on History" program.
Docents in period costumes will explain the special challenges these travelers faced on their journeys. They'll also lead demonstrations in which visitors get to weave rope, learn simple knots, pack wagons, work a nautical compass, create maps and do other fun educational activities.
In addition, the 1840s fife and drum corps will visit the Fort dressed in full military gear, ready to demonstrate marching and perform at a flag-raising ceremony.
What: Hands on History: By Land and By Sea
Where: Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Midtown, Sacramento
When: Feb. 16, 10 to 5 p.m. Cannon firing demonstrations: 11 a.m., 1 and 3 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 info: 916-445-4422 or visit website
PHOTO CREDIT: Mexican-American War fife and drum corps performs at Sutter's Fort. Courtesy Sutter's Fort State Historic Park