An ad hoc group has met twice since January to review and coordinate 2018 Elk Grove Area History Week activities. The group included representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Old Town Merchants, Cosumnes CSD, City of Elk Grove, Elk Grove Historical Society, LMML Foundation, Elk Grove USD, Elk Grove Cosumnes Cemetery District, Mahon Ranch, a coalition of local breweries and, of course, Mrs. Elizabeth Pinkerton. History Week has been one of the strategic objectives of the LMML Foundation since our inception.
This year, activities are planned to begin on Saturday, September 22 with the Second Annual Plow-to-Plate Dinner. The dinner is hosted by the Elk Grove Historical Society and is a fundraiser for the Rhoads School and the LMML Foundation. During the dinner, the LMML Foundation will present its Third Annual live performance, reenacting a story captured from the previous year’s history audio recordings.
On Sunday, September 23 the Second Annual Pinkerton in the Park event will offer residents the chance to go back in time and experience a typical Sunday afternoon of Elk Grove’s past.
As the week progresses, there will be tours of local cemeteries, with descendants serving as docents.
Next, there will be walking a tour of Old Town Elk Grove, followed by dinner at an Old Town restaurant.
The week culminates with the First Annual Elk Grove Brew Fest and Hops Celebration which will be held at the Mahon Ranch, a State of California designated Heritage Ranch. This event will bring a county-wide focus on the growing micro-brewery industry within the City of Elk Grove. It will also highlight the rich 125 year history of hops grown in the Consumes River Valley. And, for the first time in many years (perhaps decades), specific beers, available only at the event, will be brewed with hops grown in the Cosumnes River Valley. There will be ‘new era’ hop varieties as well as traditional and historic hops from some of the original vines that were grown in 1860, that still grow wild in the River bottomland.
Check back here for more updates on this sure to be historic week in Elk Grove!