PRE-CONFERENCE TOURS, TUESDAY, 24 MAY 2022

Each tour and special social event must meet a minimum number of registrations by the early-bird deadline of 18 March 2022, or the event will be cancelled and your payment for the event refunded.

MOTHER LODE WINE EXPERIENCE (all day) | 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | Price: $80 (lunch included)
Board bus on L Street in front of the Hyatt Regency

Get in the spirit of western US life by joining the all-day tour to the Shake Ridge Ranch in California’s Shenandoah Valley, home of Yorba Wines, and then on to the historic town of Sutter Creek. Meander through the vineyards and learn about the art and science of growing grapes for world-renowned California wines. A hearty picnic lunch will be served and you can purchase a bottle (or two) of premium wines. In Sutter Creek, established in 1850, participants will visit the 1898 Monteverde Store and Museum and the Knight Foundry (1873-1996), the last water-powered foundry and one of the best-preserved industrial workplaces in the United States.

OLD SACRAMENTO WALKING TOUR (half day) | 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Price: $47 (lunch included)

Meet in front of the Hyatt Regency to walk with the group three-fourths of a mile to Old Town or meet at the Sacramento Museum

A visit to Old Sacramento will send you back in time to the hardscrabble days of living and working on the western frontier. This riverfront section of the city is filled with unique history and attractions that you may want to visit more than once. We will meet at the Sacramento History Museum for the Old Sacramento Underground Tour. After lunch at the restored paddlewheel Delta King, take a leisurely stroll and visit the sites of Old Town Sacramento, which include historic buildings, the Sacramento History Museum, the California Railroad Museum, the California Automobile Museum, and more. (Transportation and all museum admissions are not provided).

CAPITOL MALL GENEALOGY RESEARCH TOUR (half day) | 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Price: $20
Meet in front of the Hyatt Regency for this walking tour

See an overview of the major genealogical research collections and architectural gems in the Capitol Mall area. Stroll across the Capitol grounds for docent-led tours by genealogists at several locations. The California State Library includes publications of the three branches and various agencies of state government— including an expansive California History Collection. The State Library incorporates the 1929 Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building—an architectural gem and California Historic Landmark also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nearby, the State Archives building has voluminous public records and historical materials as well as a highly-regarded Preservation and Imaging Lab.

GOLD DISCOVERY TOUR (all day) | 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | Price: $85 (lunch included)
Board bus on L Street in front of the Hyatt Regency

In 1848, John Marshall, a New Jersey native who had moved to California for health reasons, discovered gold in the Sierra foothills while building a sawmill in Coloma for John Sutter. Although it took some time for word to spread, the discovery eventually triggered the Gold Rush of fortune seekers from around the world making the long voyage to California in hopes of striking it rich. A replica of the original sawmill is in the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, along with more than twenty historic buildings. Following a docent-led tour and lunch, participants will visit Sutter’s Fort to learn about the checkered career of John Sutter and the history of the fort. Today the rebuilt fort is part of the California State Parks system and serves as a teaching tool, with the re-creation of historic events and activities representing life during Sutter’s time.

Questions? Contact the NGS Registrar at [email protected]