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Hands on History: Traders, Trappers & Treaties

This coming Saturday, January 18, Sutter’s Fort will conduct their latest “Hands on History” session, this time on the role of trappers in the Wild West. As stated on their website:
“Trappers were jacks of many trades. They explored new territory, negotiating and trading with local Native Americans. They guided wagon trains of emigrants across the vast West. Learn about how trappers lived and worked in the 1840s, paving the way for emigrants just a few years later. During this event, you’ll see examples of game traps and how they work, see and hear musket demonstrations and learn about some of the many facets of a trapper’s way of life from our docents. Visitors can examine fur pelts, create souvenir documents with a quill pen and oak gall ink, string trade beads to take home, or learn to make a fire using flint and steel.”
There will also be cannon firing demonstrations at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Even if you don’t make it to this event, it will be good to know what the cannon fire sounds are on this day!
The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 6-17, and free for children under 6. For more information, call (916) 445-4422 or visit
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