Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The 2017 Heritage Trail Guide Online!


TRAIL CALENDAR
SUMMER LONG ADVENTURE 2017


 21 MUSEUMS - ROSEVILLE TO TAHOE!


Welcome Trail Travelers!
We are glad you decided to join us on the 2017 Heritage Trail Museums Tour. This is the 10th year for the event and 21 museums from Roseville to Tahoe are opening their doors free of charge for certain days throughout the summer. All 21 museums are committed to showcasing history in a fun and entertaining way. For many Trail Travelers, this event has become a family tradition. This year, just as last year, geographic clusters of museums will have their Heritage Trail event on certain Saturdays throughout the summer.  This way you have the whole summer to visit participating museums.
 If you can’t make it on their Heritage Trail day, you can visit them during their regular hours of operation and still get your Get-Up-And-Go cards stamped!  All museums have free admission on their Heritage Trail day (see calendar below). If you visit them on any other day, you will have to pay admission if applicable.
Whether you are from Auburn, Reno, San Francisco, or Boston, please enjoy this opportunity to take a trip back in time and get a better understanding of Placer County’s rich and colorful history. Each museum on the tour is unique. Aside from immersing yourselves in history, you will enjoy the variety of settings at each museum.


Please read the calendar on the following pages.  Thanks again for joining us. We hope you have a great time!

Ralph Gibson
Placer County Museums Administrator
Chairperson, The Heritage Trail
TRAIL TIPS
THE FOLLOWING TRAIL TIPS WILL HELP YOU PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE.
·         For questions about The Heritage Trail, please call 530-889-6500.
·         Eating, drinking and smoking are not permitted in the museums.
·         Leave pets at home.
·         You’ll want to bring your camera. Inquire at each museum for flash photography guidelines.
·         Be sure to pick up your FREE Get Up & Go card at the first museum you visit.
·         If you can’t make it to a museum on their Heritage Trail Day, please visit them during regular hours of operation.
·         This year it will take 8 stamps on your Get-Up-And-Go card to qualify for a gift basket drawing.


June 17th  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bernhard Museum
291 Auburn Folsom Rd., Auburn
Living History activities, pie baking contest, sunflower seed spitting contest, wagons restored by the Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #59, museum tours, Blacksmith demonstration, live music and Bonitata Boutique Wines will have a selection available for tasting after 12:00 pm. Bring your lunch and picnic on the grounds!
Normal Hours of Operation: Tuesday–Sunday 11:00-4:00

Benton Welty School Room
1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn
Auburn Grammar School, built in 1915 (now Auburn City Hall), listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Get a rare sense of old school days in a classroom packed with photos, scrapbooks, maps and old school books. Try your hand at string games and penmanship. Young visitors will be engaged with 1916 classroom activities. Enter the free “just for kids” basket drawing. Ample parking behind building.
Normal Hours of Operation: Open by appointment only.

Gold Rush Museum
601 Lincoln Way, Auburn
Pan for gold with the Motherlode Gold Hounds, tour museum which includes a replica mining tunnel, gold rush era artifacts and play an interactive Gold Rush game.
Normal Hours of Operation: Friday thru Sunday 10:30 – 4:00


June 24th

Lincoln Area Archives Museum   10:00 am – 4:00 pm
640 Fifth St., Lincoln
916-645-3800  www.laamca.org
View Nisenan artifacts, Gladding McBean & Co. photographs, a gold scale from the Van Trent Mine, military uniforms and artifacts and Chinese baskets.  Also on display are a restored buggy and a grain scale from the local Walter Jansen & Son.  Enjoy an on-going wood burning stove cooking demonstration and enter a prize drawing for books written by local historian Jerry Logan. Beverages and cookies available.
Normal Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Friday 11:00-3:00 and the 1st Saturday of each month 11:00-3:00.

Fruitvale School    10:00 am – 3:00 pm
3425 Fruitvale Rd., Lincoln
Witness the education that farm children received 100 years ago in a one room school house in rural Lincoln. Experience hands-on Living History activities and be sure to bring your picnic basket and enjoy lunch on the grounds!
Normal Hours of Operation: Open by appointment only.


July 1st 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Gatekeepers Museum
130 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
530-583-1762  www.northtahoemuseums.org
View the Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Collection and exhibits on Tahoe history; join a 10:00 am walking tour of Tahoe City; and special activity outside.
Normal Hours of Operation: Daily 10:00-5:00

Watson Cabin
560 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
Built in 1909 by Robert Watson as a wedding present for his son, the Watson Cabin is the oldest building constructed onsite in Tahoe City and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  View pioneer artifacts from early Tahoe with docent-led tours.
Normal Hours of Operation: (summer: Wed-Sun 12-4).


July 8th  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Placer County Museum (Historic Courthouse)
101 Maple St., Auburn
Overview of Placer County history, Pate Collection of American Indian Artifacts, gold collection, restored Sheriff’s Office, Women’s Jail with Alma Bell, Placer County authors table and the Placer County Genealogical Society will offer guidance on family history research.
Normal Hours of Operation: Daily 10:00-4:00

Gold Country Medical History Museum
219-100 Maple St., Auburn
Restored Victorian building is on the site of the original Placer County hospital. See medical, dental and nursing implements, equipment, furnishings, pharmaceuticals, ephemera, and a collection of “quackery”. They offer demonstrations of quackery, tours and interpretation of artifacts.
Normal Hours of Operation: Sat & Sun 10:00-3:00, spring thru fall.

Auburn Joss House Chinese Museum
200 Sacramento St., Auburn
530-346-7121
View original Joss House Altar (c. 1880) and artifacts from the early Auburn Chinese community. The Joss House was a Chinese school, Ling Ying Association meeting place and a hostel for transient Chinese primarily from the mid-1920s to the late 1960s.
Open 1st Saturday of the month, 10:00-3:00


July 15th

Griffith Quarry Museum  8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Corner of Taylor and Rock Springs Roads, Penryn
View exhibits on granite quarrying, the Penryn Granite Works business, the history of Penryn and the Griffith Family.  Hands-on exhibits and a guided tour of the Quarry Park (8:30).
Normal Hours of Operation: Saturday and Sunday 12:00-4:00


Rocklin History Museum 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
3895 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin
916-624-3464  www.rocklinhistory.org
View exhibits on Rocklin pioneers, buildings and granite quarrying plus extensive photographs and interpretation of J.P. Whitney and his land holdings. Granite splitting demonstration at 11:00 am.
Normal Hours of Operation: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 1:00-4:00


August 5th  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Maidu Museum & Historic Site
1970 Johnson Ranch Dr., Roseville
Explore site where Valley Nisenan Maidu Indians lived for thousands of years; discover native plants and over 400 bedrock-grinding holes; experience unique and rare sandstone petroglyphs; hand-on children’s activities, guided tours at 10:00 and 1:00, and an indigenous art gallery. Gift Shop offers a wide selection of books about Native Californians, handmade jewelry, minerals, arrowheads and snacks & drinks.
Normal Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 9:00-4:00, and Saturday 9:00-1:00

Roseville Telephone Museum
106 Vernon St., Roseville
The Roseville Telephone Museum has one of the most extensive collections of antique telephones and memorabilia in the nation. The exhibits in the 4,500 square-foot museum chronicle and celebrate more than a century of communications technology in Roseville as well as nationally and internationally. A visit to the Roseville Telephone Museum makes a fun and educational family outing, a great school field trip or a group sight-seeing tour destination. Our museum docents are current and retired employees who are passionate about telephone history and volunteer their time to share it with visitors of all ages. Presented by Consolidated Communications, this museum offers not only rare telephones, but also a demonstration of an early switchboard.
Normal Hours of Operation: First Saturday of the month 10:00-2:00.

Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum
557 Lincoln St., Roseville
The Roseville Historical Society's Carnegie Museum is filled with artifacts of Roseville's past! We highlight our train display, a massive "N" gauge model railroad depicting Roseville's Old Town and peeks into our turn-of-the-century past. This year we are also featuring our pioneer Fiddyment family, their story, beginning with matriarch Elizabeth Jane, and how the family depicted the days when our area was all about the land and its resources.
Normal Hours of Operation: Tuesday thru Friday 12:00- 4:00; 1st & 3rd Saturdays 10:00-2:00.


August 12th  10:00 am – 4:00 pm* (Donner Summit HikingTour start at 9:30 am)

Colfax Area Heritage Museum
99 Railroad St., Colfax
530-346-8599  www.colfaxhistory.org
View exhibits on the history of the railroad, gold mining, fruit ranching, pioneer life as well as the Maidu Indians and the Chinese.  Live music by the Begin Family as well as a gold mining display and demonstration.
Normal Hours of Operation: 10:00-3:00 Daily

Golden Drift Museum
32820 Main St., Dutch Flat
Visit the best preserved Gold Rush town in Placer County.  View exhibits on nearby towns, gold mining, the railroad, the Towle Lumber Company, the Maidu Indians, and the Chinese. Guided Walking Tour of Dutch Flat at 10:00 am & Cemetery Tour at 11:00 am. Free refreshments.
Normal Hours of Operation: Memorial Day- September: Friday – Sunday 12:00-4:00

Donner Summit Historical Society Museum
21501 Donner Pass Rd., Norden
Donner Summit is the richest historical area in California: first wagon trains, first transcontinental railroad, highway telephone line and air route. On Saturday and Sunday they will offer tours down Summit Canyon. On this, our sixth year, we're going down Summit Canyon again - downhill all the way, with a car shuttle back up. Of course the walk will be illustrated with dozens of historic photographs and lots of stories.  We'll stop for lunch at a nice view, so bring a lunch.  Meet at the Sugar Bowl Academy Building on Old 40.
Take Old 40 to Donner Summit.  The Sugar Bowl Academy is the large building on Old 40 right at the top. If you go east from there it is steeply downhill to Rainbow Bridge. If you go west from there the next thing to see is Donner Ski Ranch on the right. 
Bring Hat, good shoes, sunscreen, water, camera, lunch, curiosity.
*Tours meet at 9:30 am both days.
Normal Hours of Operation: Saturday and Sunday 10:00-4:00


August 13th 9:30 am

Summit Canyon Hike (Donner Summit Historical Society)
See entry above for details.


August 26th  8:00 am – Noon

Sierra College Natural History Museum
5000 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin
Enjoy exhibits on contemporary nature in our region as well as fossils of life that lived millions of years ago.
Normal Hours of Operation: Open when school is in session; Mon-Thurs. 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Fridays 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Saturdays 8:00 am – noon.


September 1st 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

DeWitt History Museum
2985 Richardson Dr., Auburn
View exhibits on the history of the DeWitt Government Center from its inception as a World War II Army Hospital, its use as a State Mental Hospital and finally its use as a Placer County Government Center. Displays will also cover the early history of the area from Nisenan Maidu Indians to early mining and ranching
Normal Hours of Operation: This museum is not yet open.


September 2nd & 3rd 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Forest Hill Divide Museum
24601 Harrison St., Foresthill
530-367-3988  www.foresthillhistory.org
Watch blacksmiths craft period tools, view exhibits on mining, Native American Heritage, the lumber industry, fires & firefighting and life in the Victorian era.  Hands-on activities for kids, re-enactments, craft and food booths, gold panning demonstrations, and visitors can watch the State and National Gold Panning championships. They are combining the Heritage Trail with their annual Heritage Festival.
Memorial Day - Labor Day Saturday and Sunday 12:00-4:00



Get-Up-And-Go Cards
You can pick-up your Get-Up-And-Go cards at the first Heritage Trail Day (June 17th) from the Bernhard Museum, Benton Welty School Room or the Gold Rush Museum.  After that day, you can pick up Get-Up-And-Go cards from any participating museum.  You can pick up cards and get them stamped on any day the museum is open throughout the summer.  This year, it will take 8 stamps on your card to enter the drawing for a gift basket. Please remember that you can only play one Get-Up-And-Go card at a time.  You are free to start another card once you have turned in a fully stamped card.   



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Museum Calendar of Events Outside of Heritage Trail



Maidu Museum & Historic Site
916-774-5934

June – August                     Archery Camps and Classes - Certified archery instructors work with you according to your skill level. Archery classes for beginners to experienced. All equipment is provided. Archery for All Skill Levels (Ages 7+), Archery for Adults (Ages 18+), Archery I (Ages 9-16), Archery II (Ages 9-16), Field Archery (Ages 9-16), Archery Range Fun and Games (Ages 9-16). Pre-registration is required. Register by phone (916) 772-PLAY.

April 15 – August 25          News from Native California: 30 Years of Cultural Renewal - Exhibit in the Indigenous Art Gallery.

May 13 – August 5                     Maidu Eyes Have Shown Me - Exhibit in the Zents Gallery

August 15 – Sept. 21         Volunteer Guide Training: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am – 1pm. If you like working with kids and learning about local history and cultural heritage, join our team of volunteer guides. After training, volunteer docents lead tours of the museum and historic site to help teach children about native culture and the environment.

*****



North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
530-583-1762

May 27                    Gatekeepers Museum Summer Hours begin (Daily 10-5)

June 14                   Watson Cabin opens for the season (Wed-Sun 12-4)

June 17                   Tahoe City Wine Walk ($)

July 16                    Annual Gathering at the Gatekeepers Museum ($)

Aug 10                    44th Home Tour ($)

Aug 17                    Lecture and Book Signing with Gary Noy (FREE)

Aug 27                     Native American Weaver’s Market (FREE)

Sept 3                      Watson Cabin closes for the season

Sept 4                      Labor Day Cruise

Sept 5                      Gatekeeper’s Fall Hours Begin (Thurs-Tues 11-4)

Nov 1                       Gatekeeper’s Winter Hours Begin (Thurs-Sun 11-4)

*****


Donner Summit Historical Society
530-308-9668

Oct. 14                   Donner Party Hikes: $75 per hiker if registered before Oct. 3rd.         Includes guided hike, commemorative hat, hamburger lunch and afternoon presentation. Please visit www.donnerpartyhike.com for more details and to register.

Oct. 15                   Donner Party Hikes/Walking Tour: $100 per hiker if registered before Oct. 3rd. Includes guided hike, commemorative hat, hamburger lunch and afternoon presentation plus the Sunday Interpretive Walks, entrance to the new museum and Day Use at the Donner Memorial State Park. Please visit www.donnerpartyhike.com for more details and to register.


Thank you to our sponsors: Consolidated Communications, Placer County and the Native Sons of the Golden West Parlors #59 and #63!

Friday, April 21, 2017

What is the Heritage Trail?


The Heritage Trail is a summer-long road trip through history where 21 museums throughout Placer County open their doors admission free for one special day.  To make it easier to see all the history our county has to offer, only small geographic clusters of museums will have their "Heritage Trail Day" on a given Saturday throughout the summer (see schedule in post below).  The event kicks off in Auburn with the Bernhard Museum, Benton-Welty Schoolroom and the Gold Rush Museum on June 17th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Most museums will have special activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Keep checking this blog for our 2017 Trail Guide which should be posted in the next couple weeks.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Heritage Trail Dates 2017

The dates for this summer's road trip are in place and we're ready to welcome you at 21 different museums in Placer County.

June 17 

Auburn
Bernhard Museum 10-4
Gold Rush Museum 10-4
Benton-Welty School Rm 10-4

June 24 

Lincoln
Lincoln Area Archives Museum 10-4
Fruitvale School 10-3

July 1 

Tahoe City
Gatekeepers Museum 10-5
Watson Cabin 10-5

July 8 

Auburn
Placer County Museum 10-4
Auburn Chinese Joss House 10-4
Gold Country Medical History Museum 10-4

July 15 

Penryn/Rocklin
Griffith Quarry Museum 8-12
Rocklin History Museum 10-4

August 5 

Roseville
Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum 10-4
Roseville Telephone Museum 10-4
Maidu Museum and Historic Site 10-4

August 12 

Colfax/Dutch Flat/Norden
Colfax Area Heritage Museum 10-4
Golden Drift Museum 10-4
Donner Summit Historical Society Museum 10-4

August 26 

Rocklin
 Sierra College Natural History Museum 8-12

September 1 

North Auburn
DeWitt History Museum 4-7

September 2 & 3 

Foresthill 
Forest Hill Divide Museum 10-4

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Heritage Trail 2016

And that's a wrap! The Heritage Trail 2016 is over and now we look forward to the Heritage Trail 2017.  Up next is the drawing for the three gift baskets on September 15th.  We'll call all the winners the next day, September 16th.  Good luck to all those who filled out their Get Up and Go Cards with 16 stamps!

The drawing for the Gift Baskets will be on September 15th.  Winners will be contacted by phone.


 





Friday, June 3, 2016

Heritage Trail 2016 Calendar Online!

Welcome Trail Travelers!
We are glad you decided to join us on the 2016 Heritage Trail Museums Tour. This is the 9th year for the event and 24 museums from Roseville to Tahoe are opening their doors free of charge on certain days throughout the summer. All 24 museums are committed to showcasing history in a fun and entertaining way. For many Trail Travelers, this event has become a family tradition. This year we are forging ahead with a big change.  This year instead of all museums open for one weekend in August, geographic clusters of museums will have their Heritage Trail Day on certain Saturdays throughout the summer.  This way you have the whole summer to visit participating museums.
 If you can’t make it on their Heritage Trail day, you can visit them during their regular hours of operation and still get your Get-Up-And-Go cards stamped!  All museums have free admission on their Heritage Trail day (see calendar below). If you visit them on any other day, you will have to pay admission if applicable.
Whether you are from Auburn, Reno, San Francisco, or Boston, you will enjoy this opportunity to take a trip back in time and get a better understanding of Placer County’s rich and colorful history. Each museum on the tour is unique. Aside from immersing yourselves in history, you will enjoy the variety of settings at each museum.
  
Please read the calendar below.  Thanks again for joining us. We hope you have a great time!


TRAIL TIPS
THE FOLLOWING TRAIL TIPS WILL HELP YOU PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE.
·         For questions about The Heritage Trail, please call 530-889-6500.
·         Eating, drinking and smoking are not permitted in the museums.
·         Leave pets at home.
·         You’ll want to bring your camera. Inquire at each museum for flash photography guidelines.
·         Be sure to pick up your FREE Get Up & Go card at the first museum you visit.
·         If you can’t make it to a museum on their Heritage Trail Day, please visit them during regular hours of operation.
·         This year it will take 16 stamps on your Get-Up-And-Go card to qualify for a gift basket drawing.


Heritage Trail 2016 Calendar

June 11th  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum
557 Lincoln St., Roseville
The Roseville Historical Society's Carnegie Museum is filled with artifacts of Roseville's past! We highlight our train display, a massive "N" gauge model railroad depicting Roseville's Old Town and peeks into our turn-of-the-century past. This year we are also featuring our pioneer Fiddyment family, their story, beginning with matriarch Elizabeth Jane, and how the family depicted the days when our area was all about the land and its resources.
Normal Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 12:00- 4:00 (Closed for renovation sometime after July 1st through Summer)  Although their event day has passed, you can still visit them during regular hours of operation until they close for renovation and get your card stamped.

Roseville Fire Museum
400 Lincoln St., Roseville
Artifacts, photographs, videos – Beginning at 10:00 am they will provide a tour every hour on the hour. Last tour at 3:00 pm
Normal hours of operation: The museum is not yet open and is still being constructed. Their event day has passed but if you call the number above, you might be able to schedule your own peek at their progress and get your card stamped.



June 18th  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bernhard Museum
291 Auburn Folsom Rd., Auburn
Living History activities, seed spitting contest, wagons restored by the Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #59, museum tours, hand-cranked ice cream, and Bonitata Boutique Wines will have a selection available for tasting after 12:00 pm.
Normal Hours of Operation: Tuesday–Sunday 11:00-4:00

Benton Welty School Room
1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn
Auburn Grammar School, built in 1915 (now Auburn City Hall), listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Get a rare sense of old school days in a classroom packed with photos, scrapbooks, maps and old school books. Try your hand at string games and penmanship. Enter the free “just for kids” basket drawing. Ample parking behind building.
Normal Hours of Operation: Open by appointment only.

Gold Rush Museum
601 Lincoln Way, Auburn
Pan for gold with the Motherlode Gold Hounds, tour museum which includes a replica mining tunnel, gold rush era artifacts and play an interactive Gold Rush game. Storytellers will be onhand to tell stories for all ages!
Normal Hours of Operation: Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 – 4:00



July 9th  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Maidu Museum and Historic Site
1970 Johnson Ranch Dr., Roseville
Explore site where Valley Nisenan Maidu Indians lived for thousands of years; discover native plants and over 400 bedrock-grinding holes; experience unique and rare sandstone petroglyphs; hand-on children’s activities, guided tours at 10:00 and 1:00, and an indigenous art gallery. Gift Shop offers a wide selection of books about Native Californians, handmade jewelry, minerals, arrowheads and snacks & drinks.
Normal Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9:00-4:00, and Saturday 9:00-1:00

Roseville Telephone Museum
106 Vernon St., Roseville
The Roseville Telephone Museum has one of the most extensive collections of antique telephones and memorabilia in the nation. The exhibits in the 4,500 square-foot museum chronicle and celebrate more than a century of communications technology in Roseville as well as nationally and internationally. A visit to the Roseville Telephone Museum makes a fun and educational family outing, a great school field trip or a group sight-seeing tour destination. Our museum docents are current and retired employees who are passionate about telephone history and volunteer their time to share it with visitors of all ages. Presented by Consolidated Communications, this museum offers not only rare telephones, but also a demonstration of an early switchboard.
Normal Hours of Operation: By appointment only.

Roseville Public Library
225 Taylor St., Roseville
This library has a Local History Collection stocked with historic records, newspapers on microfilm, photographs and history books.  Historic exhibits on display in the library thru the summer. Guided tours (offered by the Roseville Historical Society) of the Vernon Street Corridor at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 on July 9th only.
Normal Hours of Operation: Mon-Wed 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Thurs-Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm



July 16th  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Placer County Museum (Historic Courthouse)
101 Maple St., Auburn
Overview of Placer County history, Pate Collection of American Indian Artifacts, gold collection, restored Sheriff’s Office, Women’s Jail with Alma Bell, Placer County authors table and the Placer County Genealogical Society will offer guidance on family history research.
Normal Hours of Operation: Daily 10:00-4:00

Gold Country Medical History Museum
219-100 Maple St., Auburn
Restored Victorian building is on the site of the original Placer County hospital. See medical, dental and nursing implements, equipment, furnishings, pharmaceuticals, ephemera, and a collection of “quackery”. They offer demonstrations of quackery, tours and interpretation of artifacts.
Normal Hours of Operation: Sat & Sun 10:00-3:00, spring thru fall.

Auburn Joss House Chinese Museum
200 Sacramento St., Auburn
530-346-7121
View original Joss House Altar (c. 1880) and artifacts from the early Auburn Chinese community. The Joss House was a Chinese school, Ling Ying Association meeting place and a hostel for transient Chinese primarily from the mid-1920s to the late 1960s.
Open 1st Saturday of the month, 10:00-3:00



July 23rd  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Gatekeepers Museum
130 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
530-583-1762  www.northtahoemuseums.org
View the Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Collection and exhibits on Tahoe history; join a 10:00 am walking tour of Tahoe City and experience an old west gunfight on the grounds.
Normal Hours of Operation: Daily 10:00-5:00

Watson Cabin
560 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
Built in 1909 by Robert Watson as a wedding present for his son, the Watson Cabin is the oldest building constructed onsite in Tahoe City and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  View pioneer artifacts from early Tahoe with docent-led tours.
Normal Hours of Operation: Open by appointment only.

The Museum of Sierra Ski History and the 1960 Winter Olympics
760 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
Learn the history of skiing in the Sierra and the history of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games through artifacts, photographs and ephemera. Dozens of never before seen artifacts from the Batiste Family Collection are also on display as well as artifacts from the 10th Mountain Division (World War II).
Normal hours of operation: Open Daily 11:00 – 6:00



August 6th
Griffith Quarry Museum  8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Corner of Taylor and Rock Springs Roads, Penryn
View exhibits on granite quarrying, the Penryn Granite Works business, the history of Penryn and the Griffith Family.  Hands-on exhibits and tours of the Quarry Park (8:00 and 8:30).
Normal Hours of Operation: Saturday and Sunday 12:00-4:00

Rocklin History Museum 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
3895 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin
916-624-3464  www.rocklinhistory.org
View exhibits on Rocklin pioneers, buildings and granite quarrying plus extensive photographs and interpretation of J.P. Whitney and his land holdings. Roy Ruhkala will demonstrate granite splitting at 11:00 am.
Normal Hours of Operation: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 1:00-4:00



August 13th  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Colfax Area Heritage Museum
99 Railroad St., Colfax
530-346-8599  www.colfaxhistory.org
View exhibits on the history of the railroad, gold mining, fruit ranching, pioneer life as well as the Maidu Indians and the Chinese.  Live music by the Begin Family as well as a gold mining display and demonstration.
Normal Hours of Operation: 10:00-3:00 Daily

Golden Drift Museum
32820 Main St., Dutch Flat
Visit the best preserved Gold Rush town in Placer County.  View exhibits on nearby towns, gold mining, the railroad, the Towle Lumber Company, the Maidu Indians, and the Chinese. A tour of Historic Dutch Flat begins at the museum at 11:00 am.  Finger food snacks available.
Normal Hours of Operation: Memorial Day- September: Friday – Sunday 12:00-4:00

Donner Summit Historical Society Museum
21501 Donner Pass Rd., Norden
Donner Summit is the richest historical area in California: first wagon trains, first transcontinental railroad, highway telephone line and air route. On Saturday and Sunday they will offer tours to Roller Pass. Take Old 40 to Donner Summit.  Across from Donner Ski Ranch is Sugar Bowl Rd.  Take the first left, Old Donner Summit Rd.  Drive up to the parking area.  If that area is full keep going, take the sharp left and park along the road or further up.  The trailhead is at the sharp bend in the road where the porta potty is.
Bring Hat, good shoes, sunscreen, water, camera, curiosity.
The walk will cover a lot of stories from Chinese railroad workers, the Emigrant Trail, Theodore Judah, the Lincoln Highway, the source of the mighty Yuba River, Charlie Chaplin’s film “Gold Rush”, and many, many more.  Meet at 9:30 am either day.
Normal Hours of Operation: Saturday and Sunday 10:00-4:00


August 14th 9:30 am
Roller Pass Hike (Donner Summit Historical Society)
See entry above for details.



August 20th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lincoln Area Archives Museum
640 Fifth St., Lincoln
916-645-3800  www.laamca.org
View Nisenan artifacts, Gladding McBean & Co. photographs, a gold scale from the Van Trent Mine, military uniforms and artifacts and Chinese baskets.  Also on display are a restored buggy and a grain scale from the local Walter Jansen & Son.  Enjoy an on-going wood burning stove cooking demonstration and enter a prize drawing for books written by local historian Jerry Logan. Beverages and cookies available.
Normal Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Friday 11:00-3:00 and the 1st Saturday of each month 11:00-3:00.

Fruitvale School
3425 Fruitvale Rd., Lincoln
Witness the education that farm children received 100 years ago in a one room school house in rural Lincoln. Experience hands-on Living History activities and be sure to bring your picnic basket and enjoy lunch on the grounds!
Normal Hours of Operation: Open by appointment only.



August 27th  8:00 am – Noon
Sierra College Natural History Museum
5000 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin
Enjoy exhibits on contemporary nature in our region as well as fossils of life that lived millions of years ago.
Normal Hours of Operation: Open when school is in session; Mon-Thurs. 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Fridays 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Saturdays 8:00 am – noon.



September 2nd 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
DeWitt History Museum
2985 Richardson Dr., Auburn
View exhibits on the history of the DeWitt Government Center from its inception as a World War II Army Hospital, its use as a State Mental Hospital and finally its use as a Placer County Government Center. Displays will also cover the early history of the area from Nisenan Maidu Indians to early mining and ranching. This will be the public first peek at a museum that will open later in the year.
Normal Hours of Operation: This museum is not yet open.



September 3rd & 4th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Forest Hill Divide Museum
24601 Harrison St., Foresthill
Watch blacksmiths craft period tools, view exhibits on mining, Native American Heritage, the lumber industry, fires & firefighting and life in the Victorian era.  Hands-on activities for kids, re-enactments, craft and food booths, gold panning demonstrations, and visitors can watch the State and National Gold Panning championships. They are combining the Heritage Trail with their annual Heritage Festival.
Memorial Day - Labor Day Saturday and Sunday 12:00-4:00


Get-Up-And-Go Cards
You can pick-up your Get-Up-And-Go cards at the first Heritage Trail Day (June 11th) from either the Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum or the Roseville Fire Museum.  After that day, you can pick up Get-Up-And-Go cards from any participating museum.  You can pick up cards and get them stamped on any day the museum is open throughout the summer.  This year, it will take 16 stamps on your card to enter the drawing for a gift basket, but once you turn in a fully stamped card you’re already a winner.  You will immediately get access to a website with 50 historic Placer County images you can download and a Heritage Trail silicon wristband. Please remember that you can only play one Get-Up-And-Go card at a time.  You are free to start another card once you have turned in a fully stamped card.    


A big thank you to our sponsors:

Consolidated Communications
Native Sons of the Golden West, Parlor #59
Native Sons of the Golden West, Silver Star Parlor #63
Placer County Board of Supervisors



Museum Calendar of Summer Events Outside of Heritage Trail

January – November        Night Out at the Museum - Maidu Museum and Historic Site - Every third Saturday enjoy an evening of cultural events at the Maidu Museum & Historic Site. Museum doors open at 6:30pm. Programs start at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available. FREE event. (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

April – October                    Campfires - Maidu Museum and Historic SiteEvery third Friday sit under the stars at our outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories around the campfire. Program starts at 7:30pm. $5 per person, $16 family of four, under 2 are FREE. For more information call 916-774-5934. (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)

June – August                     Archery Camps and Classes - Maidu Museum and Historic Site - Pre-registration is required. Register by phone (916) 772-PLAY. For more information call 916-774-5934.

June 5                                   Watson Cabin Clean-Up Day – Join us for a spring cleaning day to prepare Watson Cabin for the summer.
(10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

June 10 – Sept 5                 Exhibit: Lake of the Sky Images: The Photographs of Harold A. Parker – At the Gatekeeper’s Museum.

June 14                                 Volunteer Kick-off Brunch – Join us for the Volunteer welcome and orientation day at the Gatekeeper’s Museum. Meet and greet other volunteers and learn about our volunteer opportunities. Please RSVP by June 10. (11:00 am – 1:00 pm)

June 18                                 Exhibit Opening Reception: Telling Stories: Through the Eyes of the Indigenous Printmaker - Maidu Museum and Historic SiteExhibit Show runs from June 18 – September 7. For more information call 916-774-5934. (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

June 26                                 Digitization Day - This one-day event invites community members and visitors to bring in their historical Lake Tahoe photographs and images for free professional-quality scanning, with the option to donate a digital copy for inclusion in the NLTHS's database. Contribute to the shared visual history of Lake Tahoe. At the Gatekeeper's Museum (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

               
June 27-July 1                     Nuts About Nature Camp - Maidu Museum and Historic Site - Pre-registration is required. Register on-line www.rosevilleparks.com or by phone  (916) 772-PLAY. For more information call 916-774-5934 (9:00 am – Noon).

June 28                                 Lecture: Unique 19th Century Tahoe Glass - A look at some unique glass objects used by both residents and industry in the Tahoe Basin in the latter half of the 19th century. Free and open to the public at Gatekeeper’s Museum (4:00 pm)

June 30                                 Watson Cabin opens for the summer

July 6                                     Mark McLaughlin Lecture and Book Signing - An illustrated presentation about McLaughlin's newest book, “SNOWBOUND! Legendary Winters of the Tahoe Sierra”. SNOWBOUND! profiles the Top 10 biggest winters since 1879. Free and open to the public at the Gatekeeper’s Museum (5:00 pm)

July 10                                   Gathering at the Gatekeeper’s - Celebrating the Gatekeeper’s Museum 35th Anniversary.
(4:00 pm – 8:00 pm) $ Call 530-583-1762 for more information.

July 12                                   History Hike Summit Canyon - We’ll hike down the old Dutch Flat/Donner Lake wagon road and discuss the early transportation history of the Donner Summit area. Meet Gatekeeper’s Museum parking lot at 9am. 9:15am sharp departure. Recommended: lunch, water, camera, sunscreen, good hiking shoes. $ Call 530-583-1762 for more information.

July 16                                   Exhibit Opening Reception: We Were Then, We Are Now - Maidu Museum and Historic SiteExhibit show runs from July 16 – September 30. For more information call 916-774-5934. (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

July 21                                   Lecture and Book Signing with Gary Noy - Sierra Nevada Native and author of Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, and Bigots, Gary Noy will discuss his upcoming book: Gold Rush Stories about the wining and dining during the California Gold Rush. Gatekeeper’s Museum. Free and open to the public (4:00 pm)

July 25-29                             Ancient Art Rocks! Camp - Maidu Museum and Historic Site - Pre-registration is required. Register on-line www.rosevilleparks.com or by phone (916) 772-PLAY. For more information call 916-774-5934. 
(9:00 am – Noon)

August 2 – Sept. 8              Volunteer Guide Training - Maidu Museum and Historic Site - For more information call 
916-774-5934. (9:30 am – 12:30 pm)

August 5                               Historic Bus Tour with Mark McLaughlin - The 2016 Historic Bus Tour includes a visit to Truckee’s historic town jail; the Donner Memorial State Park tour includes an interpretive walk and visit to the new Visitors Center; Last, travel historic Donner Pass Road along Donner Lake, up to Rainbow Bridge and the transcontinental railroad tunnels. Tour includes easy walking. Recommended: comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, water and camera. Picnic lunch is included.  Call 530-583-1762 for more information.

August 11                             43rd Annual Home Tour - Join us for our annual tour of unique and historic Tahoe homes. This year features houses in Squaw Valley. $ Call 530-583-1762 for more information.

August 15                             History Hike Fallen Leaf Lake - Hike includes the north and east shores of the Lake, discussion of some of the unique personalities who spent time living there, and a visit to the Anita Baldwin estate ruins. Meet Gatekeeper’s Museum parking lot at 9am. 9:15am sharp departure. Recommended: bag lunch, water, camera, sunscreen, good hiking shoes. $ Call 530-583-1762 for more information.

September 11                     Watson Cabin closes for the season


One of the great historic images of Placer County you can download if you turn in a Get-Up-and-Go card with 16 stamps!