California Governor's Mansion

Members Take History to the Classroom

Sacramento is home to the California Governor’s Mansion. Built in 1877 and recently renovated to include the current governor’s residence, the mansion provides the basis for our History in a Trunk program.

The state’s history is part of the fourth grade curriculum for every California student. History in a Trunk takes the Governor’s Mansion into Greater Sacramento area schools. Chapter members, in late 1800s costume, present a slide show and a trunk full of items used in the mansion in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Over 1,500 children view these presentations annually.

Among other items, the trunk includes:

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Kitchen and household tools
  • Educational toys
  • Grooming tools

Our chapter also sponsors the California Heritage Essay Contest for the fourth grade students who have participated in a History in a Trunk presentation. Each participant receives a certificate; classroom winners are honored at a May reception. Awards are given to the top five essayists.

Assistance League of Sacramento members have historically conducted public tours of the Governor’s Mansion and participated in events such as Living History Days as well as Halloween and Christmas functions. The docent program is currently inactive.

Living History events
Essay Contest winners
Demonstrating items from the trunk

Contact Us

History In A Trunk
(916) 488-0828