Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park 2701 L St. Sacramento, CA 65816 (916) 445-4422
map to this location
Sutter's Fort / Gold Rush
Maidu (Native Americans of California)
Native Children (like those of the Maidu) who were trained as laborers in Sutter's fort.
Learn more about the Maidu History
Sutter's Mewuk and Maidu laborers built the fort, plowed the rancho fields, tended the livestock, worked in the tannery, and served as soldiers in his army. Indian soldiers helped maintain Sutter's power by protecting his establishment from attack by other Indians, Mexican Americans, or others who wanted to interfere with his various frontier enterprises.
Resource from TeacherspayTeachers: unit study on Maidu Tribe
California Gold Rush
Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a one-hour documentary that goes beyond the famed Little House book series to the behind-the-scenes, true life story of one of America’s most iconic authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder.
*see our review of this Documentary
MADE FOR TV SERIES on the INGALLs.
We enjoyed it because it didn't have too much drama. Brought out some of the hardship. It doesn't go along with the book but was useful to visualize the time period before we began the study.
Looking for MORE Multi-media?
Playlist CALIFORNIA HISTORY on Youtube
Westward Expansion / Pioneer (for younger kids)
HANDS - ON ACTIVITIES
PBS ONLINE GAMES Interactive resources:
Strike It Rich
OUR FAVORITE Interactive Activities for this Unit
Frontier Fighters John Sutter & James Marshall (Radio Show uploaded on youtube)
I love audio books. After dinner we get our comfy clothing on and pull out or sketchbooks or watercolors, I get to enjoy drawing, coloring or even hand sewing with the children as we listen together.