‘War in Cal­i­for­nia’ at Sut­ter’s Fort

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SACRA­MENTO – Con­tin­u­ing a pop­u­lar se­ries of in­ter­ac­tive and fun “Hands on His­tory” ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing on the third Satur­day each month, Sut­ter’s Fort State Historic Park and Friends of Sut­ter’s Fort will present a spe­cial “Hands on His­tory: War in Cal­i­for­nia” event on Satur­day, June 16, from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m.

As part of this spe­cial event, Fort vis­i­tors will take a step back in time to 1846 when Mexican Cal­i­for­nia was in a con­tin­u­ous state of po­lit­i­cal un­rest and threats from for­eign pow­ers were a con­stant men­ace. Dur­ing that time in his­tory, the English Navy was anx­ious to have a good sea­port on the Pa­cific Coast and kept warships in the area, French emis­saries had ap­proached John Sut­ter for an al­liance, and Pres­i­dent James Polk was supporting the con­cept of “man­i­fest des­tiny” and the dream that the U. S. would ex­tend from the At­lantic to the Pa­cific Ocean. The con­flict and con­fronta­tions reached a cli­max in mid-June when Amer­i­cans and other for­eign na­tion­als re­volted against the Cal­i­for­nia Mexican govern­ment.

At the ex­cit­ing and in­ter­ac­tive “Hands on His­tory” event, Fort vis­i­tors can, take pho­to­graphs in a cov­ered wagon, view classic firearms that range from pocket der­ringers to a 40-pound mus­ket, make rope, learn how to tie knots used by sailors ( and find out why there were sailors in Sut­ter’s Fort in the first place), sit and work a real loom in the Fort Loom Room, learn how to stamp leather, make a keep­sake sou­venir fob, and watch black pow­der weaponry in ac­tion – in­clud­ing the crowd- fa­vorite fir­ing of Sut­ter’s can­non. Guests will see a dis­play items such as 19th cen­tury coins, replica maps and his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments on spe­cial dis­play. They will also hear de­bates about which al­liance Sut­ter and the Fort should take in the con­flict, find out which flags may have flown over the Fort, learn how the Bear Flag was de­signed and what each sym­bol rep­re­sents, see a replica of the orig­i­nal Bear Flag and a copy Procla­ma­tion of In­de­pen­dence declar­ing the Bear Flag Republic.

Ad­mis­sion to this spe­cial “Hands on His­tory: War in Cal­i­for­nia” event at Sut­ter’s Fort State His­tor­i­cal Park is $ 7 per adult ( 18 and older), $ 5 per youth ( ages 6 to 17) and is free for chil­dren 5 and un­der ( reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion pric­ing is $ 5 per adult, $ 3 for youth). For more, call 916445- 4422 or visit www. sut­ters­fort. org.

Fir­ing a can­non dur­ing last year’s “Hands on His­tory: War in Cal­i­for­nia” at Sut­ter’s Fort.

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