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New Placer museums chief breathing life into history

Placer County’s museum artifacts are turning up in the darndest places. In the Placer Herald newspaper office in Rocklin, chairs once occupied by its 19th-century publisher ...

Retiring Placer museums director Barton ends highlight-filled tenure

Melanie Barton, Placer County museums division administrator for the past 11 years, was lauded at a retirement party Friday on the grounds of the Bernhard House complex for her hig ...

Placer’s museums chief set to retire

  Melanie Barton’s final days are counting down as Placer County’s museums chief. Her last day on the job is May 31. And she recently joked in a goodbye message ...

NOON HOUR UPDATE: Placer County Museum administrator retires; Auburn councilman recounts China trip and the home show kicks off this weekend

  Welcome to the Auburn Journal’s “Noon Hour Update,” where we’ll present you with stories and updates on what’s going on in the news and what w ...

Placer County’s most precious artifacts are on the move

AUBURN CA - Visit the Placer County Museum in Old Town Auburn and one of the highlights is the collection of Indian baskets and other artifacts donated by Auburn’s Berenice P ...

Heatwave challenges Auburn event organizers

AUBURN CA - The ice cream at Auburn’s historic Bernhard House was in meltdown mode during the Heritage Trail museums tour Saturday and Sunday. On soccer pitches throughout the Au ...

Six Auburn landmarks make national historic list

AUBURN CA - Six of Auburn’s iconic buildings – including two quirky 19th century firehouses that have stood the test of time – have been added to the National Register of Hi ...

Placer’s gold collection safe and secure at Auburn museum

AUBURN CA - While Siskiyou County has put out a $15,000 reward for its stolen gold, Placer County’s own sizeable collection is safe and secure in a vault at an Auburn museum. Th ...

Auburn event to commemorate California women’s suffrage centenary

The centenary of women’s suffrage in California will be celebrated Saturday in Auburn with a step back in time. Using the historic Placer County Courthouse as a backdrop, the Pl ...

All aboard for Placer County’s Heritage Trail tour

The doors at 18 museums around Placer County are set to creak open and welcome big crowds Aug. 7 and 8 for the third annual Heritage Trail tour. The doors will be opening wide for ...

Native Sons honored in new Placer County museum exhibit in Auburn

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. ...

Glass of 1852: Auburn excavations reveal buried Gold Rush, pre-WWI treasure

Two construction sites less than a mile apart in Auburn have yielded historical finds. Digging up the Placer County Courthouse parking lot, a construction crew discovered a two-fo ...

Heritage Trail coming to Placer County

Where on earth can you find more than 80 model aircraft, Elmer Gum?s sheriff?s office, root-beer floats, a mining tunnel, ?Snowshoe? Thompson?s super-long skis and historical hydro ...