Enjoy a free treat: Visit a Placer County museum

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The theme for National Volunteer Week, commemorated April 19 to 25, is “Celebrating People in Action.” The theme captures the meaning behind this signature week — honoring the individuals who dedicate themselves to taking action in their communities. I would like to thank and recognize all the volunteers for the Placer County Museums. In 2008, 150 people volunteered over 12,000 hours assisting with visitor services, education programs, processing artifacts and documents and answering research questions. We are grateful to them for their dedication and service. May is California Museum Month. We are fortunate in Placer County to have six museums that are supported by the Board of Supervisors and are free to the public. These museums do important work that helps the state meet its obligations in the field of education. Ninety-six percent of California museums serve schoolchildren by conducting tours, developing curriculum and outreach programs, and conducting teacher training. Our Living History and Gold Rush programs are two examples of this locally. We encourage you to visit a museum or attend a museum program in May to commemorate California Museum Month. To learn more about Placer County Museums, visit, our blog at www.placercountymuse or call (530) 889-6500. Melanie Barton Placer County Museums Administrator, Cool