The Sierran

The Sierran is the Historical Society’s newsletter containing the history and way of life in the early days of Sierra County. Research is published quarterly and we hope you will enjoy learning about the native tribes and pioneering families that are featured. The newsletter archive can be found on the archive page.

Historical Society members have the option of receiving The Sierran by mail or accessing it online.

Sierran Fall 2019 [PDF]

  • Calpine: A Lumber Company Town

Sierran Summer 2019 [PDF]

  • The 19th Century Lemmons
  • If Only Their Paths had Crossed
  • Sierraville School Dedication

Sierran Spring 2019 [PDF]

  • For the Love of Flora, by Mary Nourse
  • President’s Message
  • A Dreadful Scourage, by Virginia Lutes

Sierran Winter 2019 [PDF]

  • The Kentucky Mine Museum, by Corri Jiminez, MS
  • President’s Message: Oral History
  • Butte School, by Virginia Lutes

Sierran Fall 2018 [PDF]

  • The Randolph Hotel, by Virginia Lutes
  • The Brick and Stone Buildings of Downieville, by Cory Peterman
  • Hot Springs School, Western Sierra Valley, Plumas County – 1872-1940
    by Julia Maddalena and Virginia Lutes

Sierran Summer 2018 [PDF]

  • The Webber Lake Hotel: an Over 150-Year-Old Treasure, by Corri Jiminez, MS
  • Kentucky Mine Bookstore Has Something for Everyone!
  • You’re Invited to Webber Lake for the Annual Meeting – September 9!
  • Music at the Mine – Final Show of 2018

Sierran Spring 2018 [PDF]

  • Recreation in the Northern Mining Towns
  • Call for Volunteers at the Kentucky Mine and Museum
  • Opening Day Celebration May 26!
  • Music at the Mine Schedule
  • Chilcoot School

Sierran Winter 2018 [PDF]

  • Sierraville School
  • Message from the President
  • Caretaker’s Apartment Remodel

Sierran Fall 2017 [PDF]

  • William Garlock ~ Trips to Pine Grove Sierra County California in 1850’S and Again in 1878
  • Sierra County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting
  • NINE MILES IN ~ Living 25 years at Webber Lake by Doug A. Garton

Sierran Summer 2017 [PDF]

  • History Is Growing All Around Us…Let’s Preserve It ~ by Jennifer Kennedy
  • Kentucky Mine Bookstore Has Something for Everyone!
  • Alice Wing Rees: Coroner, Public Administrator, Undertaker and almost Sheriff in Sierra County ~ By Elda Ball and Virginia Lutes
  • BACK TO SCHOOL! Annual meeting Sept. 10 at Sierraville School
  • Music at the Mine ~ Whiskey Pass ~ Aug 19
  • Calpine School ~ by Bill Long

Sierran Spring 2017 [PDF]

  • Historic Schools of the Sierra Valley – Long Point School by Maren Scholberg
  • Call for Volunteers at the Kentucky Mine and Museum
  • Opening Day Celebration Was Held May 27th!
  • Music at the Mine Concerts
  • Gold Miner’s Daughter, by Laura Thomas – A Book Reception
  • “Cultural History of Sierra County” Course Offered at San Francisco State Sierra Field School

Sierran Winter 2017 [PDF]

  • Young America Consolidated Gold Mining Company by Virginia Lutes
  • Reprints Available Soon of Significant Historical Books
  • Phillipp Deidesheimer 1832-1916
  • Why Do They Call It Sardine Lake?

Sierran Fall 2016 [PDF]

  • The Cornish Connection by Mary Nourse
  • Annual Meeting Held in Loyalton
  • Cornish Pasty Facts

Sierran Summer 2016 [PDF]

  • Introduction to History of the Schools of the Sierra Valley
  • Sattley School (Rocky Point) 1860’s – 1937 by Bill Copren
  • Sierra County Historical Society 2016 Annual Meeting
  • Concert Series Finale at the Kentucky Mine Amphitheater

Sierran Spring 2016 [PDF]

  • “Life of a Gold Town Doctor, and His Young Wife” – Dr. Edmund G. Bryant and Marie Louise Hungerford
  • Cannon Point, Downieville
  • Music at the Mine

Sierran Winter 2016 [PDF]

  • Agriculture in Sierra County 1880-1890
  • Barns of Sierra County in Sierra Valley
  • Sierra County Historical Society 2016 Events Calendar
  • President’s Message
  • Update on the Webber Lake Hotel Restoration
  • “Cultural History of Sierra County” Course Offered at San Francisco State Sierra Field School

Sierran Fall 2015 [PDF]

  • Charles Kuhn “C.K.” Smith – 1924-2015
  • Tin Cup Diggings – Annual Meeting and Picnic Report
  • RCRC Donation in Appreciation of Supervisor Lee Adams Service
  • Fungus That Causes Bat Disease Detected in Nebraska
  • Elevation 6,040 – New Book From Ernest Finney Set in Sierra County

Sierran Summer 2015 [PDF]

  • Maren Christiansen Scholberg – A Life Well Lived – 1917-2015
  • Maren Scholberg’s Books Available at the Kentucky Mine Museum
  • Downieville Nearly Destroyed By Fire
  • Carleton Hansen – A remembrance by Virginia Lutes
  • Sierra County Historical Society’s Annual Picnic – September 13
  • A Night at the Museum . . . A Night to Remember!
  • Double Fun at The Kentucky Mine Amphitheather – August 29

Sierran Spring 2015 [PDF]

  • We Go Above, a young girl’s stagecoach trip from Nevada City to Sierra City
  • President’s Message by Mary Nourse
  • Sierra County Historical Society 2015 Events
  • Truckee Donner Land Trust takes steps to restore the historic Webber Lake Hotel

Sierran Winter 2015 [PDF]

  • Living on the Shore of Lake Beckwourth (Sierra Valley) by Judy Lawrence
  • President’s Message by Mary Nourse
  • We Go Above, a young girl’s stagecoach trip from Nevada City to Sierra City
  • Tips For the Stagecoach Traveler!
  • The Lagomarsino-Avignone Family in Sierra City by Joanne Busch