Folsom History Museum tests Gold
By Cathy Locke
Published: Saturday, Jan. 03, 2009 | Page 2B
Students who dredge for nuggets of information about their community's
past could hit pay dirt in the Folsom History Museum's annual online
Jody Hornor, marketing manager for the project, said the
History Bee, in its fifth year, focuses on the history of Folsom,
Sacramento and nearby communities that were at heart of the California
Gold Rush. The event complements school curriculum, particularly for
third- through fifth-graders.
Kids in kindergarten through 12th grade may go online at
www.folsomhistorymuseum.org between now and Feb. 28 to take four History
Bee quizzes. Winners will be announced in April.
Hornor said adults are invited to test their knowledge, too, although
they aren't eligible for prizes.
"We get a few adults – not as many as I might have thought," Hornor said.
"And they don't score as well as the kids do."
Questions are based on two local history books: "The Golden Corridor"
and "The Golden Hub, Sacramento," published by Hornor, a Pilot Hill
resident, and her husband, Ric. Both books are available at the museum
gift shop, area bookstores and online at
This year's topics include European explorers who visited the area, the
history of Sacramento and Folsom, the discovery of gold, public buildings
The History Bee is one of several educational programs offered by the
history museum in Folsom's historic district.
Traveling programs take history to schools in Folsom, Rancho Cordova,
Fair Oaks, Gold River and El Dorado Hills.
Melissa Pedroza, educational program coordinator, portrays Isadora Pico
Forrester in "Mission Moments," telling of the Spanish colonization of
California through the mission system. Another living history program,
"Trails & Tales," features stories told in the character of Nancy Kelsey,
the first American woman to enter California by an overland route.
The museum houses a permanent exhibit on Folsom's history, but also
features temporary displays highlighting specific aspects of the
community. A popular exhibit with children this past year, Pedroza said,
was "Whimsical Toons," paintings of historic Folsom houses by Sutter Creek
artist Loretta Armstrong.