Friday, December 27, 2013

Hands on History: Trappers, Trades & Treaties At Sutter's Fort

As part of a special and continuing interactive program happening on the third Saturday of each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special Hands on History: Trappers, Trades, and Treaties event in January. 

Visitors to the Fort will step back in time to the 1840s to learn why trappers were considered “jacks of many trades” and experience how they lived, worked, explored new territory and traded with local Native Americans.

Fort visitors will see, handle and hear about many items that were commonplace in the middle of the 19th century but seem strange now. Guests will also learn about many fascinating aspects in the life of a trapper, see examples of game traps and how they work, plus learn about the important “barter process” Sutter used to hunt and trap on Native lands. 

Fort visitors will also have the opportunity to examine fur pelts, create souvenir documents with a quill pen and oak gall ink, string trade beads and watch how flint and steel can be used to start a fire.  As an event highlight, an original oil painting of Sutter’s Fort -- titled Welcome -- will be unveiled that was created by local historian and artist Mark Davidson.  In fact, hundreds of hours of research went into creating an accurate depiction of the Fort (and daily life) before the Gold Rush.

To provide insight, two special presentations will be offered that day by Davidson and Steve Beck, History and Education Programming Lead at Sutter’s Fort, about the painting, its nuances and the research that went into its creation.
  • What:  Hands on History:  Trappers, Trades and Treaties!
  • Where:  Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, Sacramento
  • When:  Saturday, January 18, 2014
  • Time:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Special presentations:  11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
  • Cannon firing demonstrations:  11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
  • Musket demonstrations periodically throughout the day
  • Cost:  $7 per adult, $5 per youth (ages 6-17), free for children 5 years and under           
For more information, call (916) 445-4422 or visit

Blog Post information courtesy of T-Rock Communications. Picture courtesy of  Sutter's Fort.

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