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Museum programs celebrate local history

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In a recent letter to the Auburn Journal, Rebecca Rowland, Your Views, Jan. 15, commented that it “would be interesting to have a community event to celebrate Auburn’s history” between December and May. As the museums administrator for Placer County, I would like everyone to know that not just one, but several events and programs are already in place. While we are busy educating Placer County third- and fourth-graders during the winter through spring months, we are also hosting community education programs that offer an opportunity for community members to get together and learn interesting facets of local history. This spring we will feature programs on the Care and Preservation of Wedding Dresses, California’s New Deal Project, Placer Mining Techniques, and one especially engaging for “children” of all ages, Jump into Summer — 19th Century Kids Games. 2008 was the inaugural year for The Heritage Trail event linking 18 museums from Roseville to Tahoe. Each museum offered special activities and presentations that were fun for people of all ages. We are fortunate in Auburn to have five museums within a mile of the Historic Courthouse. Because it was so well-received by the community, plans are already being made for this year’s Heritage Trail on Aug. 8 and 9. This event presents an opportunity for the entire community to become involved and I welcome suggestions and participation from residents. I invite everyone to visit the three county museums in Auburn, and to join a museum docent for a walking tour of Old Town Auburn. These tours leave from the Historic Courthouse every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All museum activities are free. For a complete listing of programs, go to our Web site at www.placer.ca.gov/museum or call (530) 889-6500 for information. Melanie Barton Placer County Museums Administrator