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The Friends of Sutter’s Fort is a nonprofit 501 c 3 organization dedicated to the enhancement, preservation and protection of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, and educational and interpretive programs at the park. We are a Cooperating Association for California State Parks since 2006, although the history of our organization can be traced back to 1979.

Sutter’s Fort or Bust

This is 45 minute hands-on interactive program that tells the story of Sutter's Fort as the first mall of California. The program explains why so many people from diverse backgrounds made Sutter's Fort their destination. It begins with the arrival of John Sutter who became a land owner and farmer and talks about his journey to get here. The program will also discuss the various trades that made Sutter's Fort a destination. You will also find how Sutter impacted California by inviting people from all over the world to start a new life in California. There will also be a question and answer station to conclude the program. Students will participate at various levels at each station and is suitable for grades 4 through 6.

To book your Sutter’s Fort or Bust Program or for more information, please contact Angela Howell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 916-445-3755. 

2701 L Street
Sacramento CA, 95816
(916) 445-4422

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