SACRAMENTO – On Wednesday, June 5th, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored the Wilton History Group as the 8th Assembly District’s 2019 Nonprofit of the Year.
Each year, the California Legislature hosts the California Nonprofit Day Celebration to recognize the many nonprofit organizations that make significant contributions to their communities and California.
“The Wilton History Group is a jewel of the southern region of Sacramento County. The dedication of the Group’s membership and volunteers clearly demonstrate the talent and pride these individuals have in preserving the rich history and hard work by our early settlers that created the Wilton community,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “I am very proud to honor the Wilton History Group as this year’s Nonprofit of the Year, and have the opportunity to share a local gem in our community.”
The Wilton History Group was founded on December 10th, 2003 with the intent of collecting and preserving records of historical and sentimental value to the Wilton community. Named after Seth Wilton, a rancher who donated his land in 1908 for the building of the Central California Traction Railroad line, this group has been inspired to keep their small town history and values alive.
Wilton History Group utilizes a variety of research sources and detective skills to collect information on Wilton’s colorful history. Wilton residents often donate items left by elder family members, many of whom were original settlers of Wilton. The Wilton History Group is able to collect newspaper articles and artifacts from the Wilton area, such as original photographs which are duplicated on acid-free paper and stored in their archives for future generations to enjoy. Committee members and volunteers seek out the area’s earliest residents to interview memorable occurrences in Wilton. Wilton History Group generously gives back to the community with annual events, such as the Memorial Day Observance in late May at the Post Office and History Day in early October at Dillard Elementary School. At many of these events, the community enjoys various displays of local veterans and historical items that provide a strong sense of pride and respect for the people who had a dream and created Wilton.
“It's a grand honor for the Wilton History Group to be recognized,” said Edgar Monroy, President of the Wilton History Group. “We are genuinely humbled and energized to press on in our journey to preserve our beautiful history. The quality of giving defines the fiber of a good society, we are thankful to be part of this good process and humbled by the recognition.”
Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Herald, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County. For more information, please visit: http://asmdc.org/members/a08/