Saturday, June 18, 2016

Up Next on the Heritage Trail

Hello Trail Travelers!

The next Free Admission event will be July 23rd in Tahoe City!  The Gatekeepers Museum, Watson Cabin and the Museum of Sierra Ski History and the 1960 Winter Olympics will be open free of charge for you to explore from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

At the Gatekeepers Museum, view the wonderful Marion Steinbach Native American basket collection, interact with the incredible exhibit on our relationship wth Bears and experience an old fashioned gunfight on the museum grounds.  At Watson Cabin you will see some original artifacts from the early days of Tahoe City and learn a great deal about how the area was settled.

At the Museum of Sierra Ski History you will see some original artifacts from the 1960s Olympics plus the US Olympic Team uniform Julia Mancuso wore when she medaled at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.  Also on display are artifacts from the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division from World War II.

We hope to see you in Tahoe City on July 23rd!

Please scroll down to see the entire online Trail Calendar to look ahead and see what's coming next!

 





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!




  

Thursday, April 21, 2016

All Summer Long!

The Heritage Trail has been a successful event for eight great years, but one issue has plagued it from the beginning. How do folks visit all 18-20 museums in a weekend? The truth is you can’t – at least not if you obey all traffic laws.

So, with that in mind (and with a nod to the CHP) we’ve decided to make a big change. This year, The Heritage Trail is not a weekend event, but a summer-long adventure with clusters of museums having their Heritage Trail free admission day from June through Labor Day weekend. With this new format, other museums that have not been able to participate now can. The Fruitvale School, which was a Heritage Trail regular the first couple years, is back. The Sierra College Natural History Museum will participate for the first time! Also new this year is the DeWitt History Museum that will have a sneak peek opening on Friday, September 2nd.

If you can’t make it to any of the museums’ free admission days, you have the summer to visit them during regular hours of operation. Most have free admission and those that do charge are quite reasonable. Instead of four museums stamps on your Get-up-and-Go cards to qualify for a gift basket drawing, you’ll need 16. But if you turn in a fully stamped card, you’ll get a surprise along with your entry into the drawing – more on that in a later post.

Below is the full calendar. 

These dates and times are now locked in!
Click on the links below for info about individual museums.

June 11th 10:00-4:00Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum and The Roseville Fire Museum 

June 18th 10:00 – 4:00The Bernhard Museum, the Benton Welty School Room and the Gold Rush Museum

July 9th 10:00 – 4:00The Maidu Museum and Historic Site, the Roseville Telephone Museum, the Roseville Public Library and Walking Tours of Old Roseville 

July 16th 10:00 – 4:00The Placer County Museum (Courthouse), the Auburn Joss House and The Gold Country Medical History Museum 

July 23rd 10:00 – 4:00The Gatekeepers Museum, the Museum of Sierra Ski History and the 1960 Winter Olympics, and  Watson Cabin

August 6th 8:00 am – Noon – Griffith Quarry Museum and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm The Rocklin History Museum

August 13th 10:00 – 4:00 – The Golden Drift Museum, The Colfax Area Heritage Museum, the Donner Summit Historical Society Museum, Donner Summit tour of Summit Canyon (Lincoln Hwy, Hwy 40, Transcontinental RR, Emigrant Wagon trains)

August 14th 10:00 amDonner Summit Tour of Summit Canyon 

August 27th 8:00 am - Noon -- The Sierra College Natural History Museum

September 2nd 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – The DeWitt History Museum (Sneak Peek Opening)

September 3rd, 4th 10:00 – 4:00The Forest Hill Divide Museum (Heritage Days)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Winners!

The results are in and the winners of our Get Up and Go drawing have all picked up their baskets. Congratulation to everyone who came out for the Heritage Trail, you're all winners in our book!





Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2015 Bus Tour

Take a ride on the Heritage Trail!


Though we encourage everyone to drive, ride, walk, pedal or hitch-up a wagon to enjoy the Heritage Trail, we do offer two bus trips to some of the museums in the higher elevation. On Saturday, August 15th we have a bus chartered to bring trail goers to Tahoe City where they will visit the new Museum of Sierra Ski History and the 1960 Winter Olympics, Waston Cabin and the Gatekeepers Museum. The final museum stop with be at the Donner Summit Historical Society Museum in Norden.


On Sunday August 16th, the bus will make stops at the Donner Summit Historical Society Museum, the Golden Drift Museum in Dutch Flat, the Colfax Area Heritage Museum and the Forest Hill Divide Museum. We ask everyone to pack their own lunch although there are some eateries within walking distance of the Gatekeepers Museum, which is the Saturday lunch stop. Each seat costs $10 each day.

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

Friday, June 5, 2015

2015 Trail Online Guide

For those of you who use smartphones and want to have access to the trail guide in a text based format, This blog post should do the trick. Click on the names of the museums to get maps of their locations.

AUGUST 15 & 16, 2015 
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
20 MUSEUMS - ROSEVILLE TO TAHOE! 

Welcome Trail Travelers! 
We are glad you decided to join us on the 2015 Heritage Trail Museums Tour. This is the 8th year for the event and 20 museums from Roseville to Tahoe are opening their doors free of charge on August 15th & 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All 20 museums are committed to showcasing history in a fun and entertaining way. For many Trail Travelers, this event has become a family tradition. 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.

Many of the museums will offer food and beverages including cookies, hand churned ice cream, root beer floats, lemonade and water. Most museums have restroom facilities available. Look for the symbols in the museum’s description.

The museums are grouped in three clusters and are easy to reach from Interstate 80. Seven Valley Museums are located in South Placer. Six Auburn Museums are located within one mile of the Historic Courthouse. Seven Mountain Museums are located in the Sierra Nevada and the north shore of Lake Tahoe. We encourage you to visit several museums during the two day event. This Trail Guide will help you find your way and we invite you back to visit those museums that you missed any time during the year.

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 DAY.
• For the most up to date information on The Heritage Trail, visit our blog at theheritagetrail.blogspot.com.
• You can begin at any of the 20 participating museums which are identified by red, white and blue trail signs and banners.
• All directions are from Interstate 80 going west to east. Maps are included.
• For questions during the event, call any museum. A phone number is listed for each.
• 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. Enjoy the Trail!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
• This is a self guided tour and your participation is voluntary. Please do not hold the Tour Committee, presenters or museum partners responsible for any injury to you, your family, or property.
• You and your family may be photographed during the event and these photos are the property of the Placer County Museums Division.

MAIDU MUSEUM & HISTORIC SITE 
1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville
916-774-5934 • www.roseville.ca.us/indianmuseum
Explore an ancient Indian site where Valley Nisenan Maidu Indians lived for thousands of years. Discover native plants and over 400 bedrock-grinding holes. Experience the unique and rare sandstone petroglyphs. There will be hands-on children’s activities, historic site guided tours and an Indigenous art gallery. The Museum Gift Shop offers a wide selection of books about Native Californians, handmade jewelry, minerals, arrowheads, nature-related items, snacks and drinks. Saturday and Sunday 10:00 & 1:00: Guided tours of the museum and nature trail. Self-guided tours all day.

Normal Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9:00-4:00, and Saturday 9:00-1:00

ROSEVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETYCARNEGIE MUSEUM 
557 Lincoln Street, Roseville • 916-773-3003
www.rosevillehistorical.org
The museum is housed in a 102-year-old building with a very eclectic collection of items. There is a working model railroad, old toys, irons, tools, business cameras and even a horse drawn carriage. There will be marble games for children, an interactive picture game for all, as well as a video of pictures of old Roseville Directions: Take Atlantic/Eureka off ramp. Go West on Atlantic to Yosemite. Turn right on Yosemite St. and go to stop sign. Turn left on Sierra Blvd. Museum is on your right. Public parking is on the left as you come off the bridge.

 Normal Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 12:00- 4:00 and every 2nd Saturday 12:00-4:00

ROSEVILLE FIRE MUSEUM 
400 Lincoln Street, Roseville, CA
(916) 538-1809 • www.rosevillefiremuseum.org
The Roseville Fire Museum celebrates the rich history of the Roseville Fire Department, local agencies, and the fire service through a collection of historical artifacts, pictures, and videos. We educate the public on current operations of the Roseville Fire Department and personal fire & life safety. Take a tour of Roseville’s original Fire House during renovations. Timed Activities: Beginning at 10:00 a.m. we will provide at guided tour, every hour on the hour with our last tour at 3:00 p.m.

Normal hours of operation: The museum is not open and is under renovation.

ROSEVILLE TELEPHONE MUSEUM 
106 Vernon Street,
Roseville • 916-786-1621
From magnetos to Mickey Mouse and everything in between, come absorb a little bit of telephone history. Presented by Consolidated Communications, formerly SureWest, this is among the most extensive collections of antique telephones and memorabilia in the nation. It’s fun, exciting and educational. Directions: From eastbound I-80, take Atlantic St.-Eureka Rd exit. Go west on Atlantic, stay straight to go onto Vernon St. The museum will be on your right.

Normal Hours of Operation: By appointment only.

LINCOLN AREA ARCHIVES MUSEUM 
640 Fifth Street, Old City Hall on the Plaza,
916-645-3800 • www.laamca.org
View Nisenan artifacts, Native American arrow heads, Gladding McBean & Co. photographs and displays, gold scale from Van Trent Mine, military displays and Chinese baskets. Delight your eyes with restored buggies and a grain scale from the local Walter Jansen & Son. Enjoy an on-going wood burning stove cooking demonstration. Prize drawings each day include books written by our local historian Jerry Logan, lectures on tape, postcards and items from local merchants. 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.

ROCKLIN HISTORY MUSEUM 
3895 Rocklin Road, Rocklin
916-624-3464 • www.rocklinhistory.org
Museum contains many photos of Rocklin pioneers, buildings and artifacts plus extensive story photos of J.P. Whitney’s land holdings and life in Rocklin. The basement contains antiqued quarry tools and railroad equipment. Saturday 11:15: Granite splitting demonstration and Antique Surface Splitting Machine explanation by Roy Ruhkala. Directions: From I-80, take the Rocklin Road exit. Turn west on Rocklin Road. The museum is one half mile at intersection of Rocklin Road and San Francisco Street, across from the City Hall. Park on San Francisco Street and enter museum’s back door.

Normal Hours of Operation: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 1:00-4:00

GRIFFITH QUARRY MUSEUM 
Taylor and Rock Springs Roads, Penryn
916-663-1837 • www.placer.ca.gov/museum
Step back in time, literally, at the beautiful 23 acre Griffith Quarry Park and Museum this weekend! Come see our exhibits highlighting the early history of the granite industry in Placer County and a 1908 era Horse-Drawn wagon. Directions: From I-80 eastbound take the Penryn exit, turn left on Penryn Road then right on Taylor (approx 1/2 mile). Follow Taylor Road to top of hill, then right on Rock Springs. Entrance to Quarry will be on your immediate right.

 Normal Hours of Operation: Saturday and Sunday 12:00-4:00

PLACER COUNTY MUSEUM 
101 Maple Street • 530-889-6500
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The museum provides an overview of Placer County history from Pleistocene fossils through the construction of I-80. Highlights include the Pate Collection of American Indian Artifacts, a mid-19th century printing press, and a large gold collection. Activities include: Alma Bell in the Women’s Jail (she was arrested for murdering her lover in 1909); author Art Sommers will be on hand to sell and sign his books (Auburn, Placer County, Dutch Flat and Donner Summit); The Placer County Genealogical Society will be present to answer questions about family research; and our “Deputy Sheriff” will help you make your own historic “mug shot” (bring your own camera!).

 Normal Hours of Operation: Daily 10:00-4:00

GOLD COUNTRY MEDICALHISTORY MUSEUM 
219-100 Maple Street • 530-887-1915
www.goldcountrymedicalmuseum.com
The restored Victorian that houses the Medical Museum is on the site of the first hospital in Placer County, est. in 1855. Medical, dental and nursing implements, equipment, furnishings, pharmaceuticals, ephemera, and local history are displayed, plus a collection of “quackery” gizmos and gadgets. View a real doctor’s buggy in the carriage house. Activities include: demonstrations of quackery. Get “zapped” and “cured”; ongoing tours and explanations offered by qualified personnel; M&M pills dispensed by Dr. Feelgood as needed to cure moods, pains, and grouchiness in young and old; a prize drawing for Bleed, Blister, and Purge, a book about medicine in the Gold Rush era.

Normal Hours of Operation: Currently open by appointment.

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AUBURN JOSS HOUSECHINESE MUSEUM 
200 Sacramento Street, Old Town Auburn
Contact day of event: 530-346-7121
View circa 1880’s Auburn’s original Joss House Altar and artifacts from early Auburn Chinese community; a house museum with a Chinese school; Ling Ying Association meeting place; and a hostel for transient Chinese primarily from the mid 1920s to late 1960s.

Normal Hours of Operation: Open 1st Saturday of the month, 10:00-3:00

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BERNHARD MUSEUM 
291 Auburn-Folsom Road, Auburn
530-889-6500 • theheritagetrail.blogspot.com
Join us at the Bernhard Museum for good old-fashioned fun! Curl your tongue and prepare to blow in our watermelon seed-spitting contest …or enter to win a prize for Best Pie. Visit with Mrs. Bernhard herself, visit her home and learn about the building’s history from Gold Rush inn to immigrant farm to beloved museum. Build a replica produce crate, and be sure to explore our old-fashioned toy station and the wagons restored by the Native Sons of the Golden West. Snacks will be available and the local Girl Scouts will sell water. Don’t miss the fabric art demonstrations and quilt show on the second floor of Mr. Bernhard’s 1874 Winery. Bonitata Boutique Wines will have a selection available for tasting below.

Normal Hours of Operation: Tuesday–Sunday 11:00-4:00

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GOLD RUSH MUSEUM
601 Lincoln Way, Auburn • 530-889-6500
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After panning for gold with the Mother Lode Goldhounds, step inside the museum to uncover the many ways to Strike It Rich and enjoy exhibits on mining. Relax with a glass of lemonade before heading to the next museum.

Normal Hours of Operation: Tuesday–Sunday 11:00-4:00

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THE BENTON WELTYSCHOOL ROOM 
1225 Lincoln Way, Auburn • 530-906-0712
Take a trip back to the 1920s at the Auburn Grammar School, built in 1915 and now Auburn’s City Hall. It is 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. There is ample parking behind the building.

Normal Hours of Operation: Open by appointment only.

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FORESTHILL DIVIDE MUSEUM 
24601 Harrison Street, Foresthill
530-367-3988 • www.placer.ca.gov/museum
Watch the blacksmiths craft period tools and get an up close look at the first motorized fire engine on the Divide. Be sure to visit our fascinating gold rush and lumber history exhibits. Bring your picnic and enjoy the park that surrounds the museum.

Normal Hours of Operation: Memorial Day to Labor Day Saturday and Sunday 12:00-4:00

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COLFAX AREAHERITAGE MUSEUM 
99 Railroad Street, Colfax
530-346-8599 • www.colfaxhistory.org
This charming museum features the history of the railroad, gold mining, fruit ranching and the struggles of our pioneer families, the Maidu, and the Chinese. Musical performances by the Begin Family and the Lyrical Locos and a gold mining display and demonstration can be enjoyed on Saturday. On Sunday there will be guitar music.

Normal Hours of Operation: 10:00-3:00 Daily

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GOLDEN DRIFT MUSEUM 
32820 Main Street, Dutch Flat
530-389-2126 • www.placer.ca.gov/museum
Visit the best preserved Gold Rush town in Placer County. This museum is dedicated to the history of Gold Run, Dutch Flat, Alta, Towle and Baxter. Displays include a historical photo gallery, Indian projectile points, fraternal organization memorabilia, Chinese artifacts, and mining and railroad displays. Refreshments will be served. Saturday and Sunday 11:00: Docent led half hour walking tour of historic Dutch Flat.


Normal Hours of Operation: Memorial Day thru September: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 12:00-4:00

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DONNER SUMMIT HISTORICALSOCIETY MUSEUM 
21501 Donner Pass Road, Norden
530-308-9668 • www.donnersummithistoricalsociety.org
Donner Summit is the richest historical area in California: first wagon trains to California, first transcontinental highway, railroad, telephone line, and air route. On both Saturday and Sunday the DSHS will conduct tours of Summit Canyon, starting at the top and heading downhill to Truckee Donner Land Trust’s information kiosk. Car shuttles will be organized to take walkers back up after the three mile walk. During the walk we’ll talk about the Lincoln Highway, the first emigrant wagon trains, Native American Petroglyphs, China Wall, snowsheds, etc. – all examples of the richest historical square mile in California. There will be many stories. Meet 10 AM either day at Donner Pass at the Sugar Bowl Academy on Old Highway 40.

Normal Hours of Operation: Saturday and Sunday 10:00-4:00

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GATEKEEPERS’S MUSEUM
130 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City
530-583-1762 • www.northtahoemuseums.org
The Gatekeeper’s Museum, featuring the Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Collection, is a reconstruction of the original Gatekeeper’s cabin. Today the museum showcases Tahoe history from the original Washoe inhabitants through the logging era and establishment of the tourism industry in Tahoe Basin. The Steinbach Indian Basket Collection displays a breathtaking collection of over 800 vintage and contemporary Native American baskets, jewelry, pottery, dolls and more from western North America. Saturday: Historic Tahoe City Walking Tour at 10 am. Meet outside the Blue Agave Restaurant, 425 N. Lake Blvd. Sunday: The Railroad Regulators will return this summer to maintain peace on the museum grounds.

Normal Hours of Operation: Daily 10:00-5:00

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WATSON CABIN 
560 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City
530-583-8717 • Museum Phone Number: 530-583-1762
www.northtahoemuseums.org
Built in 1909 by Robert Montgomery Watson as a wedding present for his son, the Watson Cabin is the oldest building constructed on-site in Tahoe City and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cabin is set up as a typical Tahoe pioneer family dwelling from that era with many artifacts from the Watson family. Docent tours are available on site at the Watson Cabin.

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THE MUSEUM OF SIERRA SKI HISTORYAND THE 1960 WINTER OLYMPICS 
760 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
www.tahoemuseum.org
Visitors will learn the history of skiing in the Sierra and the history of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. On display are hundreds of artifacts including official Olympic items such as skis, racing bibs, official results, promotional literature andparticipation mementos. Dozens of never before exhibited banners, souveniers and spectaculor memorabilia from the Batiste Family Collection are also on display. Recent additions include artifacts from the World War II history of the 10th Mountain Division and replicates of the skis used for 19th century ski racing in the Sierra Nevada.

Normal Hours of Operation: Daily 11:00-6:00