It’s Membership Time!

As we embark on a new year, the Sierra County Historical Society Board of Directors would like to thank you for your continued support. Memberships and donations allow us to continue the work of preserving our precious local history.
2017 was a busy year for us. Work on the Kentucky Museum Project is nearing completion and upgrading fixtures and exhibits is ongoing. We hope to expand the museum schedule to be open seven days a week beginning this spring. Our Music at the Mine producer, Chris Stockdale, has a great line-up of summer concerts for you again this year.  Our goal is to acquire a golf cart to shuttle folks up the hill to the amphitheater. Please visit or volunteer at the Kentucky Mine any time this summer; we’d love to see you there!
We are happy to report we were able to have the Historic Sierraville School placed on both the state and national registers of historic places. We also reprinted two of our popular books about the historic barns and homes of the Sierra Valley. Both books are available for purchase in the museum.
In 2018 we will lend a hand to the Truckee Donner Land Trust in their quest to restore the Webber Lake Hotel. Built in the 1860’s on the shore of Webber Lake, the hotel was a stage stop along the historic Henness Pass Road for visitors and freight haulers traveling from the California Gold Country to the Silver Mines of Virginia City, Nevada.
Until our 2018 spring opening please follow us on our website.  It’s a good time to be a Sierra County Historical Society member, please renew or join us now.
Don Yegge, Membership Chair

Summer Job Opportunity

Work at a Gold Mine


Sierra County Historical Society is seeking an assistant curator to work at the Kentucky Mine Museum for the 2018 summer season.  The hours are from 9:30-4:30 five days per week including weekends, and the compensation is $15/hour.


The duties include conducting tours, computer work, maintaining exhibits, and running the gift shop. Candidates must be high school graduates or possess a GED.  Background and/or interest in the California Gold Rush is desirable. 


The assistant will be trained to give tours and work with artifacts. For complete information about the desirable qualifications, responsibilities and how to apply by March 1, 2018, click HERE!

Kentucky Mine Historic Park and Museum

Sierra Nevada GeoTourism

Sierra County California's Kentucky Mine Historic Park and MuseumWhen the Kentucky Mine stamp mill was up and running at its maximum, you could hear the ten 1,000-pound stamps crushing gold-veined quartz ore for miles around. In fact, the din of the several stamp mills operating near Sierra City during the gold rush days of the 1800s was so uproarious that people had to get inside somewhere in order to carry on a conversation!

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