Saturday, April 6, 2013

Society Saturday – Rio Linda/Elverta Historical Society

[Editor's Note: Today's post was written by Richard Hanson. Photo courtesy of Richard Hanson's Geiger family history photo collection.]

You won't find their website or email address. They have neither. Searching for them using Google yields a few small hints of their existence (their name, a mailing address and sometimes a phone number). But if you are looking for information on your ancestors in the Rio Linda or Elverta areas (northern part of Sacramento County, California), their library may have what you need.

The Rio Linda/Elverta Historical Society currently manages Sacramento County's Dry Creek Parkway. They maintain a museum and library in the one surviving historical structure, a two-story farmhouse.
Street address: 6852 Dry Creek Road, Rio Linda, California
That museum/library is open to the public on a part-time basis. The library is housed in one of the upper-floor bedrooms. It contains numerous local-area historical books, maps and photos. In addition, their society historian has thousands of historical images of Rio Linda and Elverta area, its businesses and its residents.

This Dry Creek Parkway property was owned and run as a dairy by my Geiger grandparents for about ten years (1943-54). They sold it to the LDS Church which ran it as a farm. Sacramento County later acquired it for use as an unimproved park. I wrote a book about the history of that property while it was owned by my Geiger grandparents. That book can be found in their library.

The society hosts several public events each year on that park property, notably Farm & Tractor Days (next one: May 10 & 11, 2013) and Classic Car Show and Swap Meet (next one: August 31, 2013). Pay modest dues to become a member and you get their bi-monthly newsletter containing society news and an events calendar. Membership year runs from January to December.

Phone – society's President:
(916) 991-2484

Mailing address:
P.O.Box 478
Rio Linda, CA 95673

1 comment:

  1. What a great post! Thanks for the information!


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