Through the Lens of Harry Peterson

April 18, 2018 @ 6:30PM — 8:00PM

Join us for this special event as we take an intimate look at Sutter's Fort through the camera lens of its very first curator, Harry Peterson. In honor of Photography Month Sacramento, we will hear from Nancy Jenner, current Curator of Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, who will familiarize us with Harry's life and showcase some of his rarely seen photographs of Sutter's Fort during the 1920s and 1930s. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity!

Peak thru the lens of Harry Peterson

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


Appointed as curator in 1926, Harry Peterson dedicated the rest of his life to Sutter's Fort, using his camera to document its transition from romantic pioneer memorial into the living history museum that it is today. When Peterson died at the Fort of a heart-attack in 1941, he left behind a collection of over 7,000 glass plate and nitrate negative slides, each providing a unique glimpse into the history of Sutter's Fort. This photography not only captures the transformation of Sutter's Fort during the midst of the Great Depression, it continues to impact restoration and preservation projects today.

In addition to learning about Peterson's life, legacy, and passion for photography, we'll discover why Sutter's Fort was adapted into a living history museum and how Peterson's work was affected by the Great Depression.


  • $6.00 General Admission
  • $4.00 Student and Teacher Admission (an active school ID is required)
  • Free Member Admission Not a Member? Join Today! (Please note that current membership will be verified prior to event)
  • Tickets are non-refundable or transferable


This special presentation is scheduled to run approximately 1.5 hours and will take place in the Distillery Room within Sutter's Fort

Restrooms are available before or after your tour as there are no stops during the program.

Please check-in at the East Gate at least 15 minutes before the presentation begins. The gates will be closed shortly after the start of the presentation.

No food or beverages other than water are allowed inside the Fort.

For more information, please contact Kyle Floyd, Marketing and Membership Coordinator, via email at

Photos courtesy of California State Parks Museums Collections

All proceeds from this event will support our ongoing efforts to provide critical funding for educational programming and preservation and restoration projects at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park.


The Friends of Sutter's Fort is a 501 (C) (3) cooperating association dedicated to the preservation and protection of Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, and is the proud supporter of its many educational and interpretive programs.

Event Location
Sutter's Fort State Historic Park
2701 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
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