By Ralph Gibson
Kathleen (Katy) comes to us from the Cocopah Museum & Cultural Center in Yuma, Arizona where she was the Director and Cultural Programs Coordinator. Her focus in museums is in education and programming.
Katy, originally from California, earned her BA in History from UCLA and her MA in Museum Studies from the University of London in the United Kingdom. Her first day on the job will be November 13th but she may attend the Volunteer Appreciation event on November 6th at the State Theater. Please give her a warm welcome when you see her!
We are very excited to have a new staff member. It will be the first time since 2008 that we’ve been fully-staffed. We’re running on all cylinders now and nearing the finish-line on two big projects—the Gold Rush Museum and the DeWitt History Museum. Having another bright, talented person to help carry the load is just what we need to bring them home and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish in the coming years.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday season!
By Kasia Woroniecka, Curator of Collections
The holiday season is almost here and soon, crowds of shoppers will go forth in-search of that perfect gift.
Watch fob, given to donor’s father,
William C.A. Thiele,
as a Christmas gift in 1870
by members of his fraternity.
Gift-giving has been a tradition since ancient times. Romans exchanged gifts on New Year’s Day in celebration of the winter solstice. Yet, Christmas was not a popular holiday in early America.
It was in the years after the Civil War that children’s books and women’s magazines helped in spreading the customs, decorating ideas, and shopping suggestions associated with Christmas. By 1867, the holiday gift industry was booming and, for the first time, Macy’s in New York City was open until midnight on Christmas Eve.
Christmas did not become a federal holiday until 1870.
During the Victorian Era, popular gifts for men included sleeping caps, house slippers, and shaving accessories. Children’s gifts revolved around food and small trinkets, while ladies favored scented soaps, sachets, and perfumes.
Toy tea set with nursery rhyme design.
Donor’s mother, Anna Zimmer Barth, gave her
this set in 1914 as a Christmas gift.
Embroidered drawstring purse. Card inside reads:
“A Merry Christmas to Catherine from
Isabelle Cavelier Miller, 1912.”
There is a variety of objects in our collections that began as Christmas gifts. Maybe one day, one of your gifted treasures will find its way to a museum.
By Beth Rohlfes, Supervising Curator
Museums Administrator, Ralph Gibson discusses the significant history
of the Penryn Granite Works at the Griffith Quarry Museum and Park.
Justin Eckhardt explores exhibits inside the
Griffith Quarry Museum as part of
2017 Docent Training.
We look forward to welcoming them into our museum community!
Foresthill Divide Museum—Joshua Alpine, Sally Drone, Aaron Edson, Matt Johnson, and Patricia Johnson. Golden Drift Museum—Marybeth Blackinton, Tony Gallardo, and James “Bud” Paul. Placer County Museums in Auburn and Penryn—Kathy Blanco, Bev Call, Annie Demaria-Norris, Theresa Dilworth, Justin Eckhardt, Henry Erna, Diane Fishburn, Bill Gray, Jean Gray, Kaitlin Grebe, Kathryn Kratzer-Yue, Craig Norris, Meagan Olsom, Jim Vessely, and Tessa Webber. Never too late! Are you interested in volunteering at Placer County Museums? Contact me at 530-889-6504 or email@example.com.
Current volunteers— Don’t forget to RSVP and join us at the State Theater on Monday, November 6 at 1pm for a special Volunteer Appreciation Event, a private screening of the Jack Lemon and Shirley MacLaine movie The Apartment.
From the Photo Archives: Auburn
By Bryanna Ryan, Curator of Archives
Lincoln Way (formerly Railroad Street). c. 1935.
I just want to share a few examples for you of ones that have mesmerized me and helped me to understand more about this very special county we are dedicated to preserving.
Tahoe Club on High Street at Lincoln Way. c. 1925.
We are available for researchers on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 9-3 (closed for lunch).
Main Street, Old Town Auburn. 1934.
New courthouse with old courthouse and jail. 1898.
News from the Placer County Historical Society
by April McDonald-Loomis, President
The Society is busy doing some fall-cleaning. Our membership list hasn’t been updated for quite some time. If you have had any changes in your phone number, address, or email address, please let us know.
Also, I encourage you to take some time to stop in at the Gold Rush Museum and take a look at the marvelous mural commissioned by the Society. Derrel Fleener did a fabulous job making the whole place come alive! The mural is a tremendous asset to the Museum and one the Society is proud to have facilitated.
There have been some changes in Auburn’s Streetscape Tile Program. For a while it seemed that the proportion of tiles for current citizens and those from the endurance community were out-pacing the historical tiles. The Streetscape History and Art Advisory Committee (SHAAC) is now instituting some new rules requiring those requesting a tile for a living person to pay for a historical tile as well. The SHAAC is hoping to make the tile selection a more balanced program and are reviewing requests for new tiles including one honoring a citizen involved in law enforcement and one from the endurance community. The SHAAC will pair those with two of the four historical tiles also under consideration: Charlie Yue, Sarah Jane Dunlap, Harriet Crandall and Kee Chinn.
If you would like to contribute to the funding of historical tiles please contact Auburn City Clerk, Amy Lind at firstname.lastname@example.org or Councilwoman, Bridget Powers at email@example.com.
Our next general meeting is December 7th and we will hold our annual raffle event. If you have something to contribute just bring it along, or just come, buy tickets and maybe pick up some treasures!
firstname.lastname@example.org (530) 823-2128
Placer County Historical Society Dinner Meeting
By Addah Owens, Vice President
When: December 7, 2017
Time: 6:30 Dinner, 7:30 Program
Where: Veterans Memorial Hall, 100 East St, Auburn
Cost: $16 per person
Menu: Gourmet Christmas Dinner, catered by Lisa Bloom “A Window Opened.”
Program: “Rotaries—Avalanche on the Mountain” - A video about the battle against Mother Nature’s wrath in the Sierra Nevada.
The winter of 2011 broke records dating back nearly thirty years. A rotary snow plow was called into action to clear an avalanche that had destroyed important equipment on the Southern Pacific mainline at Cisco Grove.
Filmmaker, Brendon Compton spent five days during the most inclement times to film the rotary snow plow in action. See how the A-Team worked day and night to clear the line. The film will be available for purchase at the meeting where we will also hold our annual drawing.
Mail Dinner Checks to:
PCHS c/o Jane Hamilton, 1871 Crockett Road, Auburn , CA 95603. (530) 885-7839 or email@example.com
DO NOT BRING ALCOHOL.
Calendar of Events
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Placer County Historical OrganizationsColfax Area Historical Society
Chris Miller (530) 346-8599
Donner Summit Historical Society
Bill Oudegeest, (209) 606-6859
Foresthill Divide Historical Society
Sandy Simester, (530) 367-3535
Fruitvale School Hall Community Association
Historical Advisory Board
Old Town Auburn Preservation Society
Lincoln Highway Association
Lincoln Area Archives Museum
Elizabeth Jansen, (916) 645-3800
Joss House Museum and Chinese History Center
Richard Yue, (530) 346-7121
Loomis Basin Historical Society
Karen Clifford, (916) 663-3871
Roseville Fire Museum
Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Glenie Strome, (916) 782-3299
Native Sons of the Golden West, Parlor #59
Dave Allen, (530) 878-2878
Newcastle Portuguese Hall Association
Mario Farinha, (530) 269-2412
Golden Drift Historical Society
Sarah Fugate, (530) 389-2121
Newcastle Portuguese Hall Association
Aileen Gage (530) 885-9113
Placer County Historical Society
April McDonald-Loomis, (530) 823-2128
Placer County Museums Docent Guild
Tom Innes, (530) 888-8969
Rocklin Historical Society
Hank Lohse, President (916) 624-3464
Roseville Historical Society
Christina Richter, (916) 773-3003
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
Marnie Carr, (530) 583-1762
Placer County Genealogical Society,
Toni Rosasco, (530) 888-8036