Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Comunity Ed Scheudule

Our Spring/Summer Community Education schedule is done and off to the printers.  Follow the link below to get a look at all the exciting and informative programs we have coming up!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Victorian Christmas Crafts: Home Edition

What appears below are the instructions from our most recent Community Education Program, Victorian Christmas Crafts.  If you need to enlarge text or drawings, you can double click on them.





Monday, November 1, 2010

Victorian Christmas Crafts


Learn how to make your own Victorian Christmas decorations! Join us in the Bernhard Museum Winery on Saturday, November 6th at 1:00 p.m. to make a Victorian four-sided Christmas tree ornament and a Victorian Christmas-themed bookmark. 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.
For more information, please call 530-889-6500

Monday, October 18, 2010

Petroglyphs of the Middle Fork of the American River


Please join us on October 30th at 1:00 PM on the second floor of the Bernhard Museum Winery for our next Community Education Program: Petroglyphs of the Middle Fork of the American River. Tahoe National Forest Archaeologist Nolan Smith will treat you to a series of images of petroglyphs recorded by archaeologists working near the American River.

What are petroglyphs? They are the patterns of lines and images carved into stone. Unlike pictographs, which are images drawn or painted onto a rock’s surface, petroglyphs are created by removing part of the rock itself.

Who created them? Why were they created? What do they mean? We don’t have all the answers to these questions, but Nolan will share his knowledge and insights about petroglyphs through an informative PowerPoint presentation.

This program is FREE! The Bernhard Museum Winery is located at 291 Auburn Folsom Road in Auburn. Please call 530-889-6500 for more information.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Screening WPA Films of the New Deal


In the 1930s, with the country locked in the Great Depression, the government was hard at work to promote the successes of New Deal programs such as the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Part of this promotion was the use of films to demonstrate how life was getting better and that the New Deal was working. To see some of these films, please join us at the Placer County Museum on September 17th at 6:30 P.M.

We’ll also screen films shot during the construction of the Auburn Sewer Plant and the buildings in the Gold Country Fairgrounds – both WPA projects. These films have never been seen by the public.

The Placer County Museum is located on the first floor of the historic Courthouse at 101 Maple Street in Auburn. Reservations are required for this FREE program.

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

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Preserving Figs ~ A 100 Year Old Placer County Recipe


Please join us on August 21st at 10:00 a.m. upstairs in the Bernhard Winery for a free Placer County Museums Community Education Program.

Joanne Neft will share her vintage local recipe for preserving figs and demonstrate several dishes that utilize figs, including grilled figs with prosciutto.

Joanne is the author of Placer County Real Food: Recipes and Menus for Every Week of the Year.

Her book will be available for purchase after the program.

The Bernhard Museum is located at 291 Auburn Folsom Rd.

For more information please contact: 530-889-6500.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Gather Round the Campfire

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 join us at the Bernhard Museum on July 31st at 8:00 pm for Campfire Storytelling. 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. For more information, please contact: 530-889-6500.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Life of the Notorious Joaquin Murrieta

Like most of the colorful characters of our past, the life of Joaquin Murrieta is wrapped in legend and lore, making it difficult to separate fact from fiction. Was he the worst bandito to terrorize the gold fields? Or was he, as some believe, a kind of Robin Hood who stole from the rich and gave to the poor? Was he a murderer who was justifiably killed by lawmen? Or was he the inspiration for the fictional character Zorro? If you’d like to learn more about this fascinating character from California’s history, please join us on July 10, 2010 upstairs in the Bernhard Museum Winery at 10:00 am for the Placer County Museums Community Education Program: The Life of the Notorious Joaquin Murrieta. Alton Pryor, who has written several books and articles on California history, will share the facts and tell some of the stories surrounding this important figure of our past. Mr. Pryor will have a number of his books available for sale after the program.


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

Monday, June 7, 2010

Jump Into Summer!

19th Century Kids Games

It’s almost summer! Help us kick off our favorite season with a fun romp through history!

Join us at the Bernhard Museum for our next Community Education Program: Jump into Summer ~ 19th Century Kids Games. Bring your family on Saturday, June 19th 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. Entertainment will be provided by Begin Family Music from 1:00 to 3:00! This local group plays bluegrass and folk music with a variety of stringed instruments.

Take a step back in time with your whole family for a taste of yesteryear’s summertime fun!

This program is FREE!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Screening of 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 14th at 6:30 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, March 18, 2010

Gold Presentation Rich in Information


Placer County Museums Docent, Don Albrecht, gave a terrific presentation for the March 13th Community Education program: Advanced Placer Mining Techniques. His lecture detailed the evolution of placer mining methods from the rocker and long tom to hydraulic mining. As part of his program, Don assembled two large hydraulic monitors, which are essentially large water cannons used to wash away mountainsides to get at the gold within. He also assembled a large sluice box and showed a variety of historic photographs and documents that provided the audience with a clear picture of how gold was mined over 100 years ago. Everyone enjoyed the program and many stayed afterward – thankfully – to help break down the monitors and load them into Don’s truck! 


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Advanced Placer Mining Techniques

The Placer County Gold Collection on display in the Historic Courthouse

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, March 13th at 1:00 pm upstairs in the Bernhard Museum Winery for a free Community Education program: Advanced 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. Because seating is limited, reservations are required for this program.

For more information, or to reserve your seat, please call 530-889-6500.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

History in a Bottle


The Community Education program Identifying and Dating Vintage Bottles was a great success. Cliff Kennedy, a docent at the Griffith Quarry Museum, gave an excellent presentation that encompassed the history of bottle making. He brought many examples of bottles from his collection and used images from the Society of Historical Archaeology to demonstrate the shapes and features that help date and identify a bottle. He also helped identify bottles audience members brought with them. It was a great program, one we will certainly have again in the future.

If you would like to learn more about bottles, you can visit this website:

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Identifying and Dating Vintage Bottles


Have you ever wondered how old that bottle in your basement is? Do you know what it was used for? To learn these interesting facts, please join us in the Bernhard Museum Winery on Saturday, Jan. 30th at 1:00 pm for Identifying and Dating Vintage Bottles. Placer County Museums Docent Cliff Kennedy will enlighten you about the types of bottles used in this area from the Gold Rush up through the turn of the 20th century.

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