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:

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

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.