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Upcoming Events

May 7, 2017 12-3 pm- Sallie Fox Day

An afternoon of free pioneer life activities, family fun, and family experiences of the Gold Rush era in the Museum courtyard at 213 Buck Avenue, Vacaville, CA. Participation in all museum Sallie Fox Day activities is free.

The Museum’s Sallie Fox Day is an activity based program of local pioneer life planned for families with school age children. Children will be able to catch gold fever by panning for mock gold this year.

The Vacaville Museum courtyard will be filled with experiences based on pioneer life including; gold panning, packing a wagon, making butter, quill pen writing, making simple toys, bonnets and other learning experiences. A replica of Sallie Fox’s traveling apron, worn on her overland journey to California in 1858-59 will be on display as well as other replica pieces of her traveling clothes.

Dorothy Kupcha Leland authored a lightly fictionalized account of the overland journey, Sallie Fox, The Story of a Pioneer Girl. Copies of this book will be available to purchase at the event.

Who Was Sallie Fox?

In the spring of 1858, 12 year old Sallie Fox and her family left Iowa in a wagon train headed to California. They followed the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico and onward across the desert to the banks of the Colorado River. After camping for a few days on a sacred Mohave Indian site, the pioneers were surprised by an Indian attack that killed and wounded several of their party. Sallie Fox was one of the dozen wounded, and her step-father one of the four dead emigrants.

The Indians drove off and scattered their cattle, oxen and most of their horses. 100 remaining pioneers were stranded in the summer heat 500 miles from the nearest town. Eventually, the group backtracked on foot toward Albuquerque, aided by another passing wagon train. The following spring, most of the group finally arrived in California. Sallie Fox, her mother and sister arrived in Vacaville in 1859. A black walnut Sallie had picked up along the trail in Arizona was planted at her Uncle Josiah’s ranch, which grew to be the ‘Nut Tree’, under which Helen and Bunny Power opened their fruit stand along Highway 40 in 1921. The Nut Tree became a major landmark and highway destination for the next 74 years.

August 3, 2016 10:00 to 12:30 Annual Museum Guild Children's Party
Tickets $3.00 per person go on sale July 1. Fun filled activity day for kids ages 3-9 ears. Games, crafts, petting zoo, Mother Goose, and more.

October 13, 2017 - Jim Lawrenz Memorial Golf Tournament

Chardonnay Country Club

Entry fee includes range balls, green fees, cart, tee prize, lunch, dinner & lots of fun!


Raffle Drawing
February 18, 3pm Raffle ticket drawing for Dinner for 8, Tea for 12 Fundraiser, Museum Lobby

Tickets for a chance to win $20 each available at Museum

The benefit raffle offers 2 exclusive events along historic Buck Avenue. Two winners will be drawn, one for each of the following:

Dinner for 8 at the Fox home, 230 Buck Ave., to be held March 4, 2017

Tea for 12 at the Cherry Garden, 313 Buck Ave., Date TBA*

Winners will be notified by phone following the drawing on Feb 18.

January 26, 6-9 pm - Bunko Bash Fundraiser

Museum Guild 28th Bunko Bash Fundraiser, St Mary's Hall, 350 Stinson Ave. Vacaville

August 2, 2016 5-8:30 pm National Night Out
Free picnic in the Museum Courtyard for neighbors, friends and all community members who wish to participate in this National effort to promote safety. Hot dogs, chips and ice cream will be available for the first 150 attendees. All ages welcome.ecent Events