Sheldon Conference Schedule
Thursday (July 30, 2015)
1:00- 4:00 Registration Form will be available in a few days.
2:00- 4:00 Access Sheldon database for searches
4:00- 6:00 Board Meeting (further meeting after dinner as needed
6:00 Dinner with the SFA group or on your own, all are welcome at Brookfield’s
7:30 -8:15 Speaker: “Family Search Has Changed !”
Friday (July 31, 2015)
8:45-9:05 Short talks
9:10-9:55 Drive to Elk Grove House and Stage Stop Museum (map is in this program)
10:00-12:00 Docent-led tour ($5.00 charge in advance)
12:00 Choose Your Own Adventure & Share A Ride
Lunch suggestion: Frasinetti Winery & Restaurant (map is in this program)
Display Room open
Informal lineage group meetings
4:00 Round Tables Lineage
6:00 Social gathering
6:30 Dinner- Theme: Wear Your Levis
7:30-9:00 Speaker: Jim Russell – “The California Trail in 1850” (3 parts)
(Dessert will be served between part 1 and part 2)
Saturday (August 1, 2015)
8:45-9:30 Three short talks
9:30-9:45 Daily highlights
9:45 Choose Your Own Adventure & Share A Ride
Display Room open
Informal lineage group meetings
3:00 Round Tables Lineage
4:30 SFA Annual Business Meeting
6:00 Social gathering
6:30 Dinner –
7:30 Speaker Warren Sheldon: “Information is Where You Find It.”
Sunday (August 2, 2015)
9:00-10:00 Review of 2105 Reunion and 2016 Reunion Committee meeting
List of local churches within 1 mile with addresses, phone numbers, service times is in the program.
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Source: American Heritage Dictionary of American Quotations, Selected and Annotated by Margaret Miner and Hugh Rawson, 1997.
1. There is no part of earth to be taken up, wherein there is not some special likelihood of gold or silver.
Richard Hakluyt, The Famous Voyage of Sir Francis Drake, 1589, in Principal Navigations…of the English Nation, 1598-1600.
2. The men [of California] are thriftless, proud, and extravagant, and very much given to gaming; and the women have but little education, and a good deal of beauty, and their morality, of course, is none of the best.
Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Two Years before the Mast, 1843.
3. This valley [the San Joaquin] is a paradise. Grass, flowers, trees, beautiful clear rivers, thousands of deer, elk, wild horses, wonderful salmon…thousands of different kinds of ducks here, geese standing around as if tame.
Charles Preuss, diary, March 27, 1844, in Exploring with Fremont 
[Preuss was the cartographer on Fremont’s first, second, and fourth expeditions.]
4. Satan, from one of his elevations, showed mankind the kingdom of California, and they entered into a compact with him at once.
Henry David Thoreau, Journal, Feb. 2, 1852.
[Thoreau was writing specifically of the discovery of gold in California.]
California can and does furnish the best bad things that are obtainable in America.
Hinton R. Helper, Land of Gold; Reality versus Fiction, 1855.
5. California annexes the United States.
Anonymous, May 1869.
[This message was carried on a banner in the streets of San Francisco in celebration of the completion of the transcontinental railroad.]
6. The attraction and superiority of California are in its days. It has better days and more of them, than any other country.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journal, April-May 1871.
7. All scenery in California requires distance to give it charm.
Mark Twain, Roughing It, 1872.
8. An enthusiastic writer declared the climate of California to be "eminently favourable to the cure of gunshot wounds."
G.A. Sala, America Revisited, 1882.
9. When a tree takes a notion to grow in California nothing in heaven or on earth will stop it.
Lilian Leland, Travelling Alone, A Woman’s Journey Round the World, 1890.
10. East is East, and West is San Francisco, according to California. Californians are a race of people, they are not merely inhabitants of a state.
O. Henry, A Municipal Report, in Strictly Business, 1910.
News about the 2015 Reunion
- It is coming soon! The 2015 Sheldon Reunion will be held Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2. This event will be held at the La Qunita Inn & Suites in Rancho Cordova, California. Rancho Cordova is a suburb in Sacramento County and the La Quinta is conveniently located near a major freeway.
- While it may seem our Reunion is a long time away, it is time now to make any pre-Reunion and/or post-Reunion plans. (The room rate of $65.00 plus tax per night will be honored for those members staying before and/or after the Reunion.) Without a doubt California has many popular and spectacular locations. For example, San Francisco is about 2 hours from Sacramento and has many museums, historical sites and famous activities. Napa, noted for world famous wines and gourmet food, is about 1.5 hours from Sacramento. The ever-popular Yosemite is about 4 hours from Sacramento and can be filled months in advance. All of these examples have far more to see and do than a typical day trip can provide. Take some time now to plan your pre- and post-Reunion time in California.
- The activities planned for the 2015 Reunion include “Choose Your Own Adventure & Share A Ride.” There are many historical and interesting activities to enjoy in Sacramento and nearby historic towns. For example, Sacramento is not only the capital of California, but has what is regarded by some to have one of the most beautiful capitol buildings and adjoining parks of any state. In addition, Sacramento has the historical Sutter’s Fort and a world-famous railroad museum. The 2015 Reunion welcome materials will include a registration booklet with highlights and directions to some of the popular local sights along with a large map of the area. Use this information to make a connection with other attending Sheldons and share a ride to your local destination.
- Be sure to pack a pair of your favorite Levis or jeans. The suggested Friday night dinner attire will be Levis or jeans as part of the recognition of famous California products and other little known California inventions.
- When packing your suitcase to attend the 2015 Sheldon Reunion in Sacramento, be sure to pack a sun hat, sunscreen and comfortable clothing. Rain is not likely as the historical average August precipitation is 0.05 inches of rain, but the historical average low temperature is 63 and the historical average high temperature is 93. (To be candid, the high temperatures in August can be higher.)
- Presenters are needed for short presentations in the mornings and in the afternoons. If you are interested in sharing your Sheldon information, genealogy research ideas, historical findings, technology ideas, or some other interesting topic, please contact Jeanne Jeffries at email@example.com.
- Prepare to be amazed. By attending the 2015 Sheldon Reunion you will have the opportunity to shop……and truly do some unique shopping. The items available for this unique shopping will include a limited number of handmade Sheldon Christmas ornaments and a one-of-a-kind selection new and gently used clothing for both men and women featuring Sheldon Family Association embroidery. All of these great items will be attractively priced and sold first come, first served.
- The use of a reliable projector is needed by Reunion speakers and presenters. If you have a projector that can be made available for PC and Mac users, please contact Betty Shelden Knopf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A rare opportunity awaits attendees in Sacramento CA at the Sheldon Family Association Annual Meeting and Reunion. There will be unique articles of clothing embroided with the Sheldon logo available as mementos from this trip. Hostess Betty Knopf has collected new and gently used garments representative of California for this project. Each one-of-a-kind item will be available for purchase during the Reunion. In addition there will be raffles on Friday and Saturday and attendees will be able to purchase tickets to participate.
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A new bear species has been found in California!
Sheldon California bears have been discovered in California, While they are not likely to make world headlines like the California gold rush, Sheldon California bears are sure to be an important feature and provide lots of smiles at the 2015 SFA Reunion.
These special bears have been made totally from Sheldon corks donated by Tobe Sheldon, owner of Sheldon Winery, Santa Rosa, California.
The bears were made by Betty Shelden Knopf, who holds a registered copyright to the pattern.
Sheldon California bears will be a great memento of the 2015 SFA Reunion in California, a great Christmas tree ornament, or a great gift for another Sheldon.
The nineteen limited edition bears will be priced at only $5.00 each.
If you would like to order a collector Sheldon bear by mail, please mail $5.00, plus $1.50 for postage to:
Betty Shelden Knopf
3834 Marshall Ave.
Carmichael, CA 95608
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- The California State Railroad Museum is the largest museum of its kind in North America.
- The reptile house at the Sacramento Zoo was built in the shape of a snake and opened in 1970.
- Sacramento is the home to the original Pony Express. This expansive mail delivery service originated in Sacramento and stretched all the way to Missouri.
- The Crocker Art Museum is the longest running art museum in the western United States.
- People love to give Sacramento nicknames. It has been called the “Camellia capitol of the world,” “City of Trees” and the “River City.”
- Sacramento processes more almonds than anyone else in the world. Blue Diamond has its headquarters here.
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2015 Reunion Highlights
Choose your own adventures …and share a ride.
Bring your Levis to wear to dinner on Saturday night in honor of Levi Strauss.
Enjoy a docent lead tour of the Elk Grove Historical House and Stage Stop Museum and hearing the memories of Jared Sheldon’s grand daughter (health permitting). There is a charge of $5.00 for this activity.
Enjoy an optional lunch and wine tasting at the Frasinetti Winery, which was founded on the southern edge of Sacramento in 1897. It is the oldest family-owned and operated wine producer in the Sacramento valley.
Purchase one-of-a-kind SFA clothing at a bargain price.
Purchase a limited edition SFA Christmas ornament.
Now is the time to plan your pre- and post- Reunion trip to California. Remember, August is a popular month for tourism. For example, Yosemite National Park books up months in advance. Remember Yosemite is about 4 hours away from the Sacramento; Lake Tahoe is about 2 hours away; Napa is about 1.5 hours away; and San Francisco is about 2 hours away.
Elk Grove House and Stage Stop Museum
9941 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove
Hours: SFA Tour 10-12, Friday, July31
A special tour has been arranged to visit the historic Elk Grove House & Stage Stop Museum originally built in 1850 by the founder of Elk Grove, James Hall. Built on the historic Monterey Trail, the Elk Grove House was reputed to be one of the finest stage stops between Sacramento and Stockton. When the original Elk Grove House was torn down in the name of progress in 1957, drawings were made and pictures taken with the plans to reconstruct it. The reconstructed Elk Grove House & Stage Stop is now the main feature of the Elk Grove Heritage
Park. The SFA has been invited to have a special tour led by a docent and his wife whose grandmother was a Sheldon. There will be a $5.00 charge per person.
7395 Frasinetti Road.
(off Florin Road)
Frasinetti Winery was founded on the southern edge of Sacramento in 1897. It is the oldest family-owned and operated wine producer in the Sacramento valley. During Prohibition, the winery survived by selling grapes for table use and making “alter wine” for the church. Enjoy a memorable lunch, a beautiful setting, and complimentary wine tasting from 11:30 to 2:00.
Aerospace Museum of California
3200 Freedom Park Drive off Watt Avenue
McClellan Business Park
Cost: $8.00 adult, $6.00 for 65+
Located at the former McClellan Air Force Base, this museum displays more than 40 military and civilian aircraft from as far back as 1932. Engines on display include a few models built prior to WWI, the first jet engine, and the J-58 jet engine that powered the SR-71 Blackbird. The museum also features interactive educational programs, non-motion flight simulators, and a motion ride simulator. Allow at least 1 hour.
California State Capitol and Museum and Park
Bound by 10th, 15th Streets, between L and N Streets
This “museum” is a 12-block expanse in downtown Sacramento. It includes the State Capitol, the gardens, monuments and statues in Capitol Park and the adjacent State Library. The Capitol Park is a 40 acre park with a World Peace Rose Garden, trees and plantings from around the world and statues of significant California history, such a Father Junipero Serra, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Firefighters Memorial.
The State Capitol was built 1860-1874 in a style similar to that of the U.S. Capitol. The main building has been restored and contains art exhibits, portraits of governors, and a contemporary art collection. Marble floors, antiques and artifacts are highlights. The legislature is in session from January to mid-September in odd-numbered years. One hour public tours are conducted on the hour from 9am to 4pm.
The State Library is located at 900 N Street and houses the state history section which includes a collection of early state newspapers. Open 9:30-4:00.
Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Cost: $10.00 adult, $8.00 senior
Founded in 1885, it is said to be the longest continuously operating art museum west of the Mississippi River. The 1872 building originally served as the gallery for the art collections of Judge Edwin B. Crocker and his wife Margaret. The museum, with a new addition, now exhibits paintings, drawings, sculptures featuring European, Asian, African and California artists. Allow 2 hours.
California Automobile Museum
2200 Front Street
Cost: $8.00 adult, $7.00 senior
The development of the automobile in America is depicted using various car makes and models including cars from the early 1900s to tail fins, to muscle cars and alternative-power vehicles. Auto memorabilia and artifacts are also displayed along with special exhibits. Allow 1 hour.
California State Railroad Museum
2nd and I Street (Old Town Sacramento area)
Cost: $9.00 adult
Considered to be a world-class train museum, this is an impressive three-story building housing 21 restored locomotives and train cars. There are more than 40 interpretive exhibits, dioramas, pictures and murals documenting the history of American railroading 1860-1960.
Sacramento Southern Railroad steam trains offer visitors a 6-mile ride on weekends in the summer. Trains depart from the Old Sacramento freight depot located at Front and K Streets. Train fare $10, First-class El Dorado car $15.
Downtown Sacramento Walking Tours
Depart from various locations.
Various tours are offered (call for current offerings)
Cost: $10 (reservations are required)
Tours provide insights into the city’s history, art and architecture. This is a great way for first-time visitors to get acquainted with Sacramento. Guests must be able to walk for about 90 minutes without a rest break. Some stair climbing is involved. Most tours are accessible and guides can make special accommodations. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.
Visitor Center 916-442-7644
Wells Fargo History Museum 916-440-4263
This is a 4 block area found between Capitol Mall, I Street, 2nd Street, and the Sacramento River.
This was the city’s commercial district during the gold rush era. Cobblestone streets and wooden sidewalks lend a touch of yesteryear. The 1853 B.F. Hastings Building at 2nd and I Streets once housed a Wells, Fargo & Co. office, marked the western end of the Pony Express route and even housed California’s Supreme Court. Today it is a visitor and interpretive center. The Wells Fargo History Museum within the building displays a Wells Fargo agent’s office, a scale model of a Wells Fargo stagecoach, a working telegraph, and a scale used for weighing gold.
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
27th and L Streets
This was the first European outpost in the California interior. It was established by Swiss immigrant John Sutter after the receipt of a 48,000 acre land grant from the Mexican government. The fort’s bricks were 2.5 feet thick and 15 to 18 feet tall. The settlement was initially known as New Helvetia (New Switzerland.) The restored 1839 adobe fort has relics of pioneer and gold rush days. Allow 1 hour minimum.
California State Indian Museum
2618 K Street on the grounds of Sutter’s Fort
On the grounds of Sutter’s Fort this museum focuses on California’s Native American cultures through displays of feather baskets, jewelry, clothing and art.
Sunrise Blvd. at Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights
Sunrise Mall (Macy’s, Penney’s, Sear’s, etc.)
Marketplace at Birdcage (Target, Michael’s, Stein Mart, Sports Authority, etc.)
Citrus Center (Marshall’s, Dress Barn, BevMo, Sketcher’s, etc.)
Folsom History Museum
823 Sutter Street
This charming museum is in a reconstruction of the former Wells Fargo & Co. assay office and bank. It features exhibits about the gold rush, mining camps, the area’s Native Americans and
Chinese immigrants, the railroad, Folsom Prison, and the Folsom Powerhouse. Changing exhibits are featured.
Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park
At the foot of Riley Street on the American River
Cost: free, parking $10.00
This powerhouse performed the first long-distance transmission of hydroelectric power in Sacramento in 1895. Now a national landmark and a state historic park, it is part of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Guided tours of the powerhouse and the dam are available. It is highly recommended to call for availability of tours of the powerhouse and dam.
Folsom State Prison Museum
Two miles north of town between Folsom and Folsom Dam at Folsom Prison
A museum contains displays of photographs and other items that describe the prison’s long history. Opened in 1880, Folsom is the second oldest prison in the state, after San Quentin, and was the first in the United States to have electricity]
For many visitors, the prison’s real claim to fame is Johnny Cash and his 1956 song, “Folsom Prison Blues.” Cash performed the song live in 1968 at Folsom Prison in front of a select inmate audience. The Retired Correctional Peace Officers Museum is also housed here.
Folsom City Park and Zoo Sanctuary
Natoma and Stafford Streets, Folsom
Since 1963, this small, unique California zoo has been providing sanctuary to some very special animals. All are non-releasable. Many were raised and rejected, as wild pets. Others were injured or orphaned in the wild. Most are native to North America. Allow at least 1 hour.
Also in Folsom Park is the Folsom Valley Railroad. Hours 11-2 weekdays, 11-4 weekends. Call 916-955-1870 to confirm schedule. Cost $3.
Folsom Premium Outlets
13000 Folsom Blvd.
This shopping area has more than 80 factory-direct and specialty stores.
El Dorado County Historical Museum
104 Placerville Drive in the El Dorado County Fairgrounds just north of US50
Hours: W-Sat. 10-4, Sun. noon-4
Exhibits include ranching, logging, and mining equipment and a re-created country store, Studebaker wagons and railroad rolling stock reflect the local history and the gold rush days. Allow 1 hour minimum.
Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park and Mine
1 mile north of US 50 Bedford Avenue exit within Gold Bug Park
Cost: $5.00 adult (Gem panning $2 per hour.)
Hours: 10-4 (Reservations are required for guided tours.)
The Gold Bug Mine has wooden floors and a 352-foot horizontal drift. Also in the 62-acre park is Hattie’s Museum, which displays mining equipment, and the Hendy Stamp Mill and Museum which shows how gold was extracted from quartz. Self-guiding tours use audio wands. Hiking trails and gem panning are available.
Marshall Gold Discovery State Park
SR 49 (7 mile north of Placerville)
Cost: Day use fee $8.00 per private vehicle (Museum included in day use fee.)
Hours: Park open daily 8-7, museum open 10-4
This park preserves the site where James Marshall’s discovery of gold began the California gold rush. In partnership with John Sutter to construct a sawmill, Marshall chose a site adjacent to the American River. On January 24, 1848, Marshall noticed the glint of gold in the tailrace of the sawmill.
The gold rush era and its historical impact are depicted through museum exhibits, mining memorabilia and interpretive programs. Staff provides daily history talks at a replica of Sutter’s mill.
Panning for gold is allowed in designated area, using hands and pans only for a fee of $7.
Placerville Hardware Store
441 Main Street
This is the oldest continuously operating hardware store west of the Mississippi River. It is loaded with interesting and unique items from floor to ceiling.
326 Main Street
This large store has a huge selection of new and quality used books. Fun to browse.
414 Main Street
The store/workshop re-purposes metal and wooden materials into unique furnishings.
Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop
585 Main Street
This is a destination shop for spinners, weavers and knitters. The shop carries a variety of fibers—from cotton to alpaca to wool to the more exotic qiviut.
Field trip possibility:
A SFA member has offered to arrange a Field Trip after the SFA Annual Meeting and Reunion. This would involve a trip to the Dalifornia Historical Society, based in San Francisco. Included would be a historical tour of the San Fancisco Area. Those interested should contact President Jeanne A Jeffries, email@example.com.