Friday, October 14, 2011

California Suffrage Rally

On October 1st, a Rally for Suffrage was held on the Placer County Courthouse steps in Auburn to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in California. Many of those in attendance let their voices be heard in favor of Women’s Suffrage, though there were a few anti-suffragists as well. Auburn City Council Woman Bridgette Powers and Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery gave great suffrage-themed speeches and those in attendance learned how the election of October 10, 1911 faired in Placer County.

The published 1911 speech of State Senator Sanford, a strict anti-suffragist, were shared and followed by Placer County Museums Docent Sandi Tribe who read a letter to the editor that was published in the Placer County Republican newspaper in 1911. The letter was a direct response to Senator Sanford’s speech and was simply signed: A Little Backwoods Mother.

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped with the rally! It was a great event and a lot of fun.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Rally for Women's Suffrage!

It’s 1911 and women don’t yet have the ballot.  Join us at 10:00 am on October 1st on the grounds of the historic Courthouse in Auburn to rally for women’s suffrage!  Jennifer Montgomery, District 5 Supervisor, and Bridgette Powers, Auburn City Councilmember, will give suffrage-themed speeches.  You will also learn how residents in Placer County voted in the election that granted women’s suffrage.  Ready your boos and hisses because an anti-suffragist will get his time at the podium as well.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ready, Set, GO!

Join us for our annual Jump Into Summer program, a day of good old-fashioned fun on June 18th at the Bernhard Museum. Stop by between 12:00 and 3:00 to play popular children’s games from over 100 years ago. Sack races, tug of war, egg races, jump rope and more are the order of the day. We also have several authentic turn of the century chores available for children to participate in such as hand washing laundry, Victorian crafts and the ever popular ice cream making. In addition to all the fun outside, both floors of the house will be open for guided tours.

Staff and Docents will be in period attire, guests are welcome dress up too (not required). Bring your camera and be prepared for a day of fun!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Archaeological Field Methods

Join us at the Bernhard Museum Complex on May 14th at 1:00 p.m. where you can help us sift through soil for artifacts, excavate a small test pit, and work in the lab where artifacts will be catalogued. Tahoe National Forest archaeologist Nolan Smith will lead the excavation. All the historic artifacts recovered will be accessioned into the Placer County Museums’ collection and will be displayed in a future exhibit.

This FREE Community Education program is kid-friendly, so bring the whole family!

The Bernhard Museum Complex at 291 Auburn-Folsom Road in Auburn. For more information, please call (530) 889-6500.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The History and Significance of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad

Have you ever heard of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad? This 22 mile railroad connected Nevada City to Colfax where passengers and freight could be transferred to trains heading east or west on the Transcontinental Railroad. But, like many things in this region, its rich history is deeply rooted in gold. During its 66 years of operation from 1876 to 1943, over 200 million dollars worth of gold was hauled over its rails. But its relationship with gold is just one reason it was significant to the region.

To learn more about this railroad, including what a narrow gauge railroad is, please join us at the Bernhard Museum Winery on April 9th at 1:00 p.m. for this free program presented by Ron Kapper, historian for the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum.

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

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

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Weber Cylinders

The Adolph Weber program last weekend was terrific! Dr. Meloy’s presentation was informative and entertaining. One piece of new information he shared with us was that Judge Prewett, who presided over the Weber trial, ordered that the trial be recorded on wax cylinders. Whether this was actually done is not known. If you, or someone you know, have wax cylinders that bear the title Weber, Prewett, or Placer County Superior Court, please contact us at 530-889-6500.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Full House for Dinosaur Lecture!

Richard Hilton gave an interesting, entertaining lecture to a full house in the Bernhard Museum Winery on the dinosaurs that once roamed what is now the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. His presentation, laced with colorful paintings of dinosaurs and great photographs of fossils, covered every aspect of life in the area during the Mesozoic Era from the plants dinosaurs ate to life in the sea, on land, and in the air. He even debunked, to dismay of some, the myth of the “Clipper Gap Monster” whose fossil remains were purportedly whisked away to an unknown university. If you missed the lecture, all the information (including images) can be found in his book Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California. You can pick up a used copy at for under $5. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Paul Ivazez Lights up the Room

On Saturday, Jan. 22nd, Paul Ivazes of Quality Lighting in Grass Valley gave an exciting, informative PowerPoint presentation on the history of gas lighting. Paul’s thirty years of experience with restoring and replicating 19th century gas lights makes him the leader in the field. His business takes him all over the U.S. but he is more at home in his shop in Grass Valley where he has a large room full of working gas lights. To see examples of restored gas lights and to learn a little history, visit his website:

Monday, January 24, 2011

Community Education Program: Dinosaurs of the Sierra Nevada

                                                                                                               photo by terabass

The geologic history of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is well understood, but they still hold many secrets waiting to be discovered. Recently, fossils have been found that shed light on the dinosaurs that roamed the area tens of millions of years ago.

Dr. Richard Hilton will present Dinosaurs of the Sierra Nevada on February 5th at 1:00 pm in the Bernhard Museum Winery. He is the author of the book Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California, a professor of Earth Sciences at Sierra College, and is a frequent guest on documentaries about dinosaurs. Reservations are required for this free community education program.

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

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

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The History of Gas Lighting and how it Changed America

Ever wonder what kind of gas was used in the street lights of the 19th century or how safe it was to have gas lighting in one’s home? Please join us on Saturday, January 22nd at 1:00 pm in the Bernhard Museum Winery for our next Community Education Program presented by Paul Ivazes. Paul is an expert on gas lighting and has given lectures to various groups including California State Park’s staff and volunteers at the Stanford Mansion.

He promises to show us how gas lighting affected everything from architecture to how we drive a car. He will present a slideshow of gas lights and will have examples for you to look at. This program is free!

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