Accompanying Persons

Attendance is encouraged, with lunches provided, and dinners with Symposium Participants

Monday, Sept. 9: Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
  After a group luncheon, come explore California’s history at historic Sutter’s Fort built by the Swiss immigrant John Sutter after receiving a land grant from the Mexican government in 1839. We will have an exclusive behind the scenes tour and learn the importance this fort played in California agriculture, the California Gold Rush, and the doomed Donner party, a group of 87 American pioneers who travelled by wagon train from Missouri to California in 1846. Unfortunately they became trapped by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and many perished.
Tuesday, Sept. 10: Choice of Tours with Symposium Participants
Wednesday, Sept. 11: Coastal Redwood Trees, Winery Tour & Tasting, and Shopping 
  Walk among the giant coastal redwood trees as we visit Muir Woods National Monument, named after Scottish-born American John Muir, a naturalist, author, and early advocate of wilderness preservation. View beautiful San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, have lunch in the seaside town of Sausalito, followed by what else but a chance to shop. Of course no trip is complete without a visit to Domaine Carneros, Champagne Taittinger’s sparkling wine venture in the world renowned Napa Valley, including sampling of artisan cheeses.
Thursday, Sept. 12: Sierra Nevada Foothills and Gold Country
  Yes we will be heading into those same Sierra Mountains that we heard about on Monday where many of the Donner Party lost their lives. However, we will visit Sutter’s Mill, the Gold Discovery Site, which launched California into the 1849 gold rush. Next visit Applehill, a locale filled with fruit orchards, tree farms, and a foothill winery for a tour, tasting and a picnic lunch. Finally, as time permits, wander around Old Sacramento, a 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park located along the Sacramento River. Bustling with activity, the district is set within the time of the California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad.