Preparing for a Recording Session

The Foundation is actively scheduling recording sessions. Please contact us at any time to schedule your session.

To assist you in your preparation, we’ve outlined the following to stimulate your memories. Please don’t be limited to these thoughts.

  • History of the Family in the Greater Elk Grove Area:

    • When the family settled here

    • When and how they came here

    • When and where they first settled in the U.S. if not in Elk Grove

    • Interesting stories about their travels, people they met, things they saw and did

    • Their professions / occupations / farms or ranches / businesses

    • Any references to buildings, locations, businesses, schools, churches, etc.  in Elk Grove

  • Remembrances of Main Street Elk Grove, the Slough House area, the Franklin area, the Florin area, the Dillard area – or any area which may be long-since forgotten

    • Businesses, ranches and farms

    • Schools and churches

    • Unusual events or quirky characters

    • Interesting happenings which distinguished the area and that people talked about fifty or more years ago


Also, the following outline is intended to serve as an example of the types of things you might consider if you intend to converse about any of the other oral history categories of the Foundation. This is only intended to help you structure your conversation points.


Discussion of the Cattle Ranching business in the Greater Elk Grove Area

From the Spanish era, to the Mexican / Californio era, then after statehood:

  • Dates, places and names of the first and/or long-standing cattle operations

  • Impact on the area – economic and life style

  • Ranching practices

    • Breeds of cattle

    • Size of herds

    • Grazing methods

    • Markets served

      • Slaughter houses

      • Stock yards / sales yards

      • Transportation methods

      • Feedlots

    • Use of Sierra Nevada range for grazing / cattle drives

    • Calf marking / brands

  • Stories of local cowboys

    • Where they came from

    • Types of saddles / tack they used

    • Ropes and roping techniques

    • Local icons / character stories