Women’s History Month Remembers Elitha Donner Wilder

Elitha Donner

Women and children constituted the majority of individuals who survived when the California-bound Donner Party wagon train was stranded in the Sierra Nevada over the winter of 1846-47.  Fourteen year old Elitha Continue reading Women’s History Month Remembers Elitha Donner Wilder

The Big Kitchen at Sutter’s Fort: The Cooks & Their Utensils, 1840s

dutch ovenA Swiss adventurer named John August Sutter arrived in the Northern California wilderness in mid-August 1839, shortly thereafter commencing construction of a trading post and year-round residence for himself out of thick adobe slabs.  Continue reading The Big Kitchen at Sutter’s Fort: The Cooks & Their Utensils, 1840s