Sacramento's observance of Women's History Month continues at Sutter's Fort with a special "Hands on History" program dedicated to California's pioneer women. Visitors this Saturday will hear tales of the hardships and challenges these emigrants faced in the early days of the state. They also see demonstrations and hands on experience with dutch-oven cooking, covered wagon loading, water bucket carrying and rope making. Plus there will be the ever-popular cannon firings and black powder and musket demonstrations.
And special guest Cheryl Stapp will give speak on the important roles frontier women played in the development of California. Stapp is a local writer, historian and author of Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War and Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past. In the former book, she profiles six remarkable, but very different, 19th century women. After her presentations, Stapp will be available to answer questions and sign books.
What: Hands on History: Hard Working Women of the Frontier
Where: Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L St., Sacramento
When: March 16, 10 to 5 p.m. Cannon firing demonstrations: 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Stapp presentations: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Musket demonstrations periodically throughout the day.
Cost: $7 adult (18 and older), $5 youth (ages 6-17), free children 5 years and under
For more info: 916-445-4422 or website
PHOTO CREDIT: Women on the Frontier reenactment. Courtesy Sutter's Fort State Historic Park