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‘A Night in History’ dedicated to preserving our region’s history

By From page B2 | May 22, 2013

We live in a part of the world that is rich in natural wonders. Men and women came here for nature’s bounty, beginning with the ancient Maidu Indians.

Pioneers followed in the 1800s, establishing ranchos and eventually gold mines. Aerojet, Intel, DST and other companies followed in the modern era, leading to a new kind of prosperity.

The Folsom History Museum and Pioneer Village Museum are dedicated to telling the stories of our region, including tales of Clarksburg — as El Dorado Hills was called in the early 20th century. These important facilities give visitors an idea of what life was like for the ancient Americans, the pioneers, and right up to those who grew up in Represa, Folsom, Mormon Island and the other small towns and hamlets of the tri-county area.

Located in the heart of Folsom’s historic old town, the Folsom History Museum has permanent exhibits to tell the story of Native Americans, Folsom’s part in the California Gold Rush, and the town’s later history. Just steps from the museum, Pioneer Village is an outdoor living history venue with the oldest freight depot of its era still standing west of the Rockies.

Preserving this precious heritage is not cheap. Fortunately for us, this region is also rich in folks who possess vision and the creativity to make fundraising actually fun.

Case in point: On Saturday, June 1, the sounds, sights and aromas of old Folsom can be experienced at Pioneer Village at 196 Wool St. The Folsom Historical Society will swing open the iron gates for an evening of Old West entertainment — complete with barbecue — to benefit both museums.

Live bluegrass music will fill the air as life 150 years ago is re-enacted by performers “Legends ‘n Liars” and gunslingers. “Fancy ladies” will roam the village. Jason Maloney of “Good Day Sacramento” on KMAX will emcee a “Strut Your Stuff” contest for best costume or vintage western apparel with a chance to win prizes donated by Snooks’ Chocolate Factory, Romano’s Macaroni Grill and Visconti’s Restaurant.

This event is for young and old alike. Family activities will include panning for “gold.” Ice cream sundaes will provide a refreshing treat.

“A Night in History” is Saturday, June 1. The fun runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger. Pick yours up online at, or at the Folsom History Museum.

The Folsom History Museum is located at 823 Sutter St. in Folsom’s Historic District. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.  Admission is $4 adults, $2 teens, free for kids 12 and younger. There are blacksmith demonstrations at Pioneer Village on Tuesdays and Fridays. Free parking is available on the street and at the nearby city garage.

For more information call (916) 985-2707. 

Send your event for consideration in Susan’s column to [email protected].

Susan Laird


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