Friday, November 20, 2009

Victorian Christmas at the Bernhard Museum


Catch a glimpse of Christmas Past!



The Placer County Museums invite you to join us for a bit of Victorian Christmas Cheer at the Bernhard Museum. The museum will be dressed in Victorian Christmas splendor from December 1st through the holidays and is open Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Stop by and learn the history behind some of our most cherished Christmas traditions.

If you plan to bring a group of eight or more, please call us to make reservations.

You can also visit us during Auburn’s Old Town Country Christmas celebration on December 19th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and enjoy a cup of hot apple cider and fresh baked cookies in the Bernhard Museum Winery!

A new exhibit, All Dolled Up, will open in the winery on December 8th. Several examples of the dolls, doll accessories and doll furniture from our collection will be on display. This exhibit will run through January.

For more information please call 530-889-6500.

Admission is FREE!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Victorian Christmas Crafts


Learn how to make your own Victorian Christmas decorations! Join us in the Bernhard Museum Winery on Saturday, November 7th at 1:00 p.m. where you can make a Victorian table top decoration and a Christmas tree ornament. This program is kid-friendly and perfect for the whole family! Placer County Museums Docent Aziza Parker will guide you through this fun hands-on activity. You get to keep your decorations and the program is FREE! The program will last approximately two hours.

The Bernhard Museum Winery is located at 291 Auburn-Folsom Road in Auburn. Because materials are limited, reservations are required for each participant. To make reservations, or for more information, please call 530-889-6500.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fire on the Divide

Placer County Museums
Community Education Program:

Fire on the Divide: An Archaeologist’s Perspective


Forest fires sweep through numerous regions of California each year. After the embers have died and the smoke fades away, Forest Service archaeologists, who are also involved with fire suppression, are sent in to conduct surveys to record new prehistoric and historic sites, and to assess damage to previously recorded sites. U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Nolan Smith will give a PowerPoint presentation of his role as a fire line archaeologist and will discuss some of the surveys he has conducted after fires swept through the Forest Hill Divide region of the Tahoe National Forest. He will share equipment used during the surveys and examples of artifacts pulled from the ashes. This program will take place on Saturday, October 17th at 1:00 pm at the Bernhard Museum Winery.

The Bernhard Museum is located at
291 Auburn Folsom Road in Auburn.

Please call 530-889-6500
for more information.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pleistocene Fossils of Hawver Cave

What animals sipped water from the American River 10,000 years ago? What predators lurked in the predawn hours near Auburn Ravine, waiting for prey to wander out? Fossils of extinct animals that once lived in this region of California were discovered by Dr. Hawver in a cave near Cool, California just after the turn of the 20th century. If you would like to see examples of some of these fossils and to learn more about the Pleistocene life they represent, please come to the Placer County Museum on Friday, September 18th at 7:00 pm. Gene Lorance, who has done extensive research in the Hawver Cave, will present a slideshow on the cave and the fossils found inside.

Space is limited, so reservations are required.
Please call 530-889-6500 to make your reservation
or for more information.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

And the Fire Burned Bright

Saturday evening’s Campfire Storytelling at the Bernhard Museum was a great fun-filled night of stories and S’mores and was attended by 38 people. Several families made the trek to the Bernhard Museum and nearly all requested that the Placer County Museums host this program again. Museums staff told five stories, ranging from the legend of Rattlesnake Dick, Native American celestial myths, and a Gold Rush tale of a gold stealing mouse.

A few young storytellers stood and told their own tales before the marshmallows were placed on wood skewers and the making of S’mores commenced. This was a great family event and we will definitely plan another campfire program for next summer.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Campfire Storytelling at the Bernhard Museum


Campfire stories are fun! Do you remember sitting around a campfire listening to a great story? Whether it's the long, embarrassing story your dad told about your first bicycle accident or the ghost story your uncle told that kept you up all night, stories have been, and continue to be, an important form of communication. For thousands of years, stories have been told to impart information, teach valuable life lessons, and enhance one's understanding of their culture. If you would like to learn more about the history of storytelling and to hear a few good ol' yarns, please joins us on Saturday, August 15th at 8:30 pm for Campfire Storytelling at the Bernhard Museum. This Placer County Museums Community Education program is FREE! No ghost stories will be told, so parents are encouraged to bring their children. You may either sit on the grass or you can bring your own blanket or lawn chair to sit on. And yes, we will roast marshmallows and make S'Mores.

The Bernhard Museum is located at 291 Auburn Folsom Road in Auburn.
For more information, please contact: 530-889-6500.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Western States Trail Foundation DVD Screening

They Crossed the Mountains

In 1931, six men journeyed from Auburn to Lake Tahoe on horseback to rediscover and mark parts of the Emigrant Trail that had been lost. This expedition, which was captured on black and white film, marked the beginning of the Western States Heritage Trail. Recently, the Western States Trail Foundation released a new DVD of this epic adventure that includes most of the original film shot in 1931. On Thursday, July 2nd at 7:00 pm, Hal Hall, Chairman of the Historical Committee of the Western States Trail Foundation, will present the film at the Bernhard Museum Winery. If you would like to learn more about the Gold Rush origins of Auburn’s 100 mile endurance races, please attend this program.

Hal, executive producer of the film, is a former President of the Placer County Historical Society, a three time winner of the Tevis Cup, and author of The Western States Heritage Trail Guide. The DVD, They Crossed the Mountains: A History of the Western States Trail, will be available for purchase after the program.

This free Community Education Program will run from 7:00 pm to about 9:00 pm. For more information, please call 530-889-6500.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Jump into Summer! 19th Century Kids Games

It’s summer! Help us kick off our favorite season with a fun romp through history! Join us at the Bernhard Museum for the next Community Education Program: Jump into Summer ~ 19th Century Kids Games. Bring your family on Saturday, June 27th anytime between 12:00 and 3:00. We will have period games, Living History crafts, kid-friendly tours of the Bernhard House, and hand-cranked ice cream. Take a step back in time with your whole family for a taste of yesteryear’s summertime fun! This program is FREE! The Bernhard Museum is located at 291 Auburn-Folsom Road in Auburn.

For more information, please call 530-889-6500.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Screening of Charlie Chaplin's Gold Rush

In 1925, Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed, and starred in the landmark silent film: Gold Rush. The film focuses on his comedic character, “Little Tramp”, during Alaska’s Klondike Gold Rush of 1896. Part of the film was shot near present day Sugar Bowl Ski Resort in Placer County. This classic piece of cinema will be shown in the Placer County Museum on Friday, May 8th at 7:00 pm. The film has a running time of about 90 minutes. Admission to this Placer County Museums Community Education Program is FREE!

Gold Rush is one of four films featured in the Placer County Museum exhibit, History on the Go, The Silver Screen Edition. Because seating is limited, reservations are required.


To reserve your seat, or for more information, please call 530-889-6500.



Thursday, April 16, 2009

Basic Placer Mining

The program on April 11th, Basic Placer Mining Methods, was a great success. Presenter, Don Albrecht, set up displays of placer mining tools throughout the Bernhard Winery for people to examine. One table was filled with gold pans made of different materials and in many sizes and shapes.

Three different rockers were on another table and placer mining hand tools adorned three tables in the back of the room.

Don also set up a 10 foot sluice box and put some of his gold collection on display.

His presentation was filled with interesting information and all 35 people in attendance learned a lot about the history and practice of placer mining.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Basic Placer Mining Techniques

Gold! Gold! Gold!

Does that word still make your heart skip a beat; make you feel light on your feet? Gold attracts us all, but it is a difficult mineral to mine. How did the early ‘49ers mine for gold? How did their efforts evolve over time? Would you like to learn something about the history of placer mining and how to do it yourself? If so please join us on Saturday, April 11th at 1:00 pm inside the Bernhard Museum Winery for a free Community Education program: Basic Placer Mining Techniques. Museum docent and lifelong gold miner Don Albrecht will present information about early placer mining methods used during the Gold Rush. On display will be various tools used in placer mining and a surprise will be unveiled at the end of the program.

Because seating is limited, reservations are required for this program. For more information, or to reserve your seat, call 530-889-6500.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

California's Living New Deal Project

Harvey Smith, President of the National New Deal Preservation Association and advisor to California’s Living New Deal Project, gave an interesting and informative presentation on the history of the New Deal and the project to record and maintain a database for all New Deal sites in California. The program lasted about two hours and was attended by 25 people. At the end of the presentation, Michael Otten, President of the Placer County Historical Society, discussed various New Deal sites in Placer County.

If you know of any New Deal sites in Placer County, please contact Michael Otten at: otten@ssctv.net.

To learn more about California’s Living New Deal Project and to view the online database, please visit their website at: http://livingnewdeal.berkeley.edu.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Second Showing of "Greed"


Due to popular demand, we will host a second screening of the silent film, Greed, at the Bernhard Museum Winery on Sunday, March 8th at 1:00 pm. In 1924, Erich Von Stroheim directed the epic silent film Greed, which some critics claim is the greatest movie ever to grace the silver screen. Portions of the film were shot in the Iowa Hill region of Placer County. The film is a morality tale that illustrates the destructive nature of greed as three people, whose lives are intertwined, struggle until the bitter end for wealth. After a brief introduction, we will show half of the film, take a 15-20 minute intermission, then screen the last half. Greed has a running time of three hours and 48 minutes.

Greed is one of four films featured in a new exhibit in the Placer County Museum, History on the Go, The Silver Screen Edition.

The Bernhard Museum Winery is located at 291 Auburn Folsom Road in Auburn. Reservations are not required for this screening. This Community Education program is FREE!

For more information, please call 530-889-6500.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

California’s Living New Deal Project



















The Great Depression rolled across the landscape of the 1930s like a dust storm, yet people persevered through various New Deal programs implemented by the government. The impact of those programs continues to resonate throughout our state. The California Historical Society, in conjunction with U.C. Berkeley, have undertaken an ambitious project to identify and document all the buildings, bridges, power stations, art works, and more constructed in California through New Deal programs. To learn more about this project please join us on Saturday, March 7th at 1:00 pm in the Bernhard Museum Winery for our next Community Education program: California’s Living New Deal Project. Presenter, Harvey Smith, has been working on the project for several years and will discuss how the New Deal affected California, what New Deal sites have been recorded, and what the future of the project entails.

The Bernhard Museum Winery is located at 291 Auburn Folsom Road in Auburn. For more information, please call 530-889-6500.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Screening Greed


Everyone who attended the Saturday screening of Greed had a great time. The movie was better than most imagined and the screening may have created a few new fans of silent films. Although it was a long film (3 hours and 48 minutes) we broke for intermission after two hours and snacked on popcorn, chips, and fresh-baked cookies. The intermission also gave us a chance to stretch our legs and prepare for the final 108 minutes.

Seating was limited in the Gold Country Museum theatre, so we were not able to accommodate everyone who wanted to see the film. Therefore, we will have a second screening on Sunday, March 8th at 1:00 pm in the Bernhard Museum Winery located at 291 Auburn Folsom Road in Auburn. Reservations are not required for this screening. For more information, please call 530-889-6500.

For more coverage of this event, check out auburnjournal.com.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Greed at Gold Country Museum


In 1924, Erich Von Stroheim directed the epic silent film Greed, which some critics claim is the greatest movie to ever grace the silver screen. Portions of the film were shot in the Iowa Hill region of Placer County. A special screening of Greed will take place in the Gold Country Museum on Saturday, February 7th at 1:00 pm. The film is a morality tale that illustrates the destructive nature of greed as three people, whose lives are intertwined, struggle until the bitter end for wealth. After a brief introduction, we will show half the film, take a 15-20 minute intermission, then screen the last half. Greed has a running time of three hours and 48 minutes.

Greed is one of four films featured in a new exhibit in the Placer County Museum, History on the Go, The Silver Screen Edition.

The Gold County Museum is located at 1273 High Street inside the Gold County Fairgrounds in Auburn. Because seating is limited, reservations are required. For more information or to make your reservation, please call 530-889-6500.

One of the film locations for Greed was Death Valley. Traveling by car and horse, the production team trekked 90 miles into the heart of the valley where they shot the film's final scenes. They spent 37 days in the inhospitable environment and near the end had to ration water. The four minute video below documents their expedition into Death Valley.






Sunday, January 18, 2009

2015 Schedule



June 20th                        Jump into Summer
1:00                                19th Century Kids Games
                                        At the Bernhard Museum Complex
                                    

Aug 15th & 16th    Heritage Trail
10:00 to 4:00                 Placer County Museum Tour Weekend
                                       20 Museums from Roseville to Tahoe