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Native Sons honored in new Placer County museum exhibit in Auburn

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The Native Sons of the Golden West – an organization celebrating its 125th anniversary in both Auburn and Lincoln – are the focus of a new exhibit at the Placer County Museum. “For the Love of California!” provides a look at a group that has stood the test of time in Auburn and California. Statewide, the Native Sons are marking their 135th anniversary. “I feel we’re fortunate to have the Native Sons so active in historical preservation,” said Museums Director Melanie Barton. Speaking at the recent opening of the exhibit, she noted that at one time, most Placer County communities had a Native Sons group. Now there are two – Auburn Parlor No. 59 and Silver Star Parlor No. 63. The Auburn Native Sons have been a visible presence in Auburn, helping preserves several pioneer wagons, vintage vehicles and Gold Rush mining implements. They also have put up historical markers in several locations. Tom Potts, an Auburn Native Sons member, said one of the goals of the group is not only to preserve working artifacts from times gone by but also give people a chance to touch or climb on or into them. “It gives people, especially kids, so much more than looking at something from over a rope,” Potts said. One of the restored wagons is on display at the exhibit, located on the first floor of the Placer County Courthouse, 101 Maple St., Auburn. The museum is open every day except holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Gus Thomson