Museum readies to host Sallie Fox Day in Vacaville

By From page A10 | April 23, 2014

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Museum’s annual Sallie Fox Day is noon to 3 p.m. May 4 at the museum, 213 Buck Ave.

The free event is geared toward children who want to learn all about pioneer life and Fox. The 12-year-old traveled to California with her family by wagon train.

She survived an American Indian attack and is credited with bringing the black walnut from Arizona, that was eventually planted by her uncle Josiah Allison to become the original Nut Tree.

Those who attend can see the apron worn by Fox on her journey to California, which includes a hole made by an American Indian arrow. It is part of the current exhibit inside the museum, “In Her Shoes; Women Who Walked West 1841-1865.”

Children will be able to pan for gold in the courtyard, learn how to pack a covered wagon, try quill pen writing and make toys of the time, along with other activities.

Dorothy Kupcha Leland, the author of “Sallie Fox, The Story of a Pioneer Girl,” will be there to sign her book, which is available in the museum gift shop.

For more information, call 447-4513.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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