Patty Reed Bundle - Special Promotion

Patty Reed Bundle - Special Promotion

Regular price $30.00 Sale

This bundle is centered on the history of the women of the Donner Party.  This specially curated selection of books and keepsakes from our Museum Store will help you better understand the role women and girls played in this story from California history. 

Each bag is valued at over $40 but is available at a discounted price in celebration of Women's History Month. 

The Donner Party began their journey to Sutter's Fort in 1846 from Springfield, Illinois. At its peak in 1846 included 29 men, 15 women, and 43 children. 

Of the women from the Donner Party that you will learn about, one of the most famous is Martha “Patty” Reed (1838-1923) who was just 8-years old when her family began the journey west.  Patty carefully hid her beloved Dolly in her pocket throughout the ordeal. Patty Reed later married Frank Lewis in 1856 and went on to raise a family in Santa Cruz and Capitola.   Patty died in 1923 but had asked her children to donate the doll to Sutter’s Fort in 1946, the 100th anniversary of the Reed family’s original journey. 

Each Patty Reed Bundle will include:

  • Limited Edition Tote Bag
  • Clothespin "Dolly" handmade by local nonprofit The NorCal Cut Ups
  • Patty Reed's Doll Magnet
  • Collectible Patty Reed's Dolly Bronze Coin
  • A paperback book about the Donner Party (based on age range selected)