Hello, readers – It is June, and September will be here soon! Be sure that History Week is on your calendar and that you do not miss out on all the wonderful history events that will be taking place. Today, you can view the schedule as of June 1, but more events may be added in the coming weeks.

First, for new readers – what is History Week? This wonderful week of history was the brilliant idea of EG Supergrad David Lema who started it in 2016 as a way for all of us to remember his late wife, Linda Mae Mahon Lema. David organized the Linda Mae Mahon Lema (LMML) Foundation. The intent was to capture the stories of the past so that we would remember our history.

History Week has come a long way since its first year, and it promises to get bigger and bigger. The Elk Grove Historical Society members have taken major roles in the organization of various events.

EG Supergrad Louis Silveira tells us this about the role of the Historical Society in History Week: “We really don’t have a chairman, but I am sort of the point person so people can contact me to be added to the calendar or ask questions at (916) 692-1335, or Tickets will be loaded on the historical society’s website, in July for Plow-To-Plate and the Pinkerton Picnic.

“History Week, Sept. 21-28 is in full preparation. All days except one have historical activities taking place. The calendar has been sent to the city to be added to the master calendar and the Elk Grove Historical Society has all the information and details on the website face page.

“If an organization, club, committee, or anyone would like to hold some type of history event for the community, please call the historical society (916) 685-8115. They would love to include you in the activities.”

Here is the schedule as of June 1. Tickets can be purchased at the historical society webpage unless listed otherwise:

Saturday, Sept. 21 – Plow-To-Plate Dinner, 6-9 p.m. - at Elk Grove Historical Society Museum in Elk Grove Regional Park. Contact is Jim Entrican. Tickets are $80.

This event features excellent food prepared by local chefs, and it is a type of “farm to fork” meal. Contact is Jim Entrican.

Sunday, Sept. 22 – Pinkerton Picnic in the Park, 12:30-3 p.m. at the Elk Grove Historical Society museum area in Elk Grove Regional Park. It is free, but a catered picnic lunch may be purchased. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

This event was a project of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Team in 2017. The event continued last year with the Herburger family honored for their many contributions to history, and it was sponsored by the Elk Grove Historical Society. The society will continue Pinkerton Picnic in the Park, and the 2019 event will honor the Elk Grove Unified School District for its 60-year celebration and the district’s focus on local history. Contact persons are Monica Ross and Sandra Robinson.

Sunday, Sept. 22 - Linda Mae Mahon Lema (LMML) Foundation Matinee Performance, 2-5 p.m.  , at the Sunshine Event Center, 9360 Elk Grove-Florin Road, #4 in Elk Grove. Tickets are $25.  

The play reading will be a matinee performance that will honor Mrs. Irene West, the first African-American teacher in Elk Grove. Mrs. West was a teacher at Elk Grove Elementary School in 1962, and later a teacher and principal at several schools in the district. This was at a time when the community was predominantly white and racial tensions were rising in the South. Mrs. West’s story is an inspiring story of personal courage, determination and an overriding passion to teach.

Doors will open at 2 p.m. for a wine reception, and the performance is at 3 p.m. Appetizers and social mixer will follow. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Checks can be mailed to LMML Foundation, PO Box 2104. Elk Grove, CA 95759. Please provide your email address so tickets can be sent electronically. If you need further information, please contact

Contact person is David Lema.

Monday, Sept. 23 – Sloughhouse Cemetery Tour, led by Roberta Tanner, 4 p.m.-dusk – Free.

Tuesday, Sept. 24 – Franklin Cemetery Tour, led by Dennis Buscher, 4 p.m.-dusk - Free

Wednesday, Sept. 25 – Tour of Elk Grove Old Town, led by Angi Perry, 4 p.m.-dusk - Free. Start the tour at the Old Town Plaza on Railroad Street. Thursday, Sept. 26 - Still Open. Friday, Sept. 27 – Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, 11:30-1:30 p.m., at Valley Hi Country Club. The speaker will focus on local history. Tickets are $35.

Saturday, Sept. 28 – Mahon Ranch Hop &Brew Fest, 2-8 p.m. - $40, plus $10 parking. The Mahon Ranch is located at 10171 Grant Line Road (enter at Waterman Road intersection - follow signage). Contacts are Tom Mahon,, and Joseph Paredes Price: $40 pp and $10 per vehicle. Tickets on sale soon. On site food catered and available for purchase: The Brickhouse. On site beer for sale: Several local breweries. Contacts are Tom and Cindy Mahon.

So there you are, folks – a whole week of enjoying the history of Elk Grove and the areas around us.  Stay tuned – there will be more!


History Happened Here, Book 1 – River, Oaks, Gold

History Happened Here, Book 2 – Fields, Farms, Schools

We the People, a Story of Internment in America

All book proceeds go for student scholarships, and I thank the many purchasers who have made possible the 71 scholarships with each one $1,000  – make your check for books payable to Laguna Publishers and send to me at 9227 Lamprey Drive, Elk Grove, CA 95624.  Books are $20 apiece and California sales tax is included. Add $3 for shipping of one or two books; $5 for 3-6 books. Call me at (916) 685-0606 or email me at   And, you can always purchase books at meetings of the EGUSD Board of Education and the city of Elk Grove. Look for me in the entry area of both places.