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Calendar Items+ May 28-30, 2015 CCHS ANNNUAL MEETING.+ Placer County Historical Society Dinner MeetingWhen: June 4 Time: 6:30 Dinner, 7:30 ProgramWhere: Auburn Veterans Hall 100 East St, Auburn Cost: $15 per personMenu: Barbecue chicken and ribs, potato and green salads, Tom Stout’s award-winning special beans, rolls, desert and coffee.Mail Check to: PCHS, c/o Bet-ty Samson, 8780 Baxter Grade Road, Auburn, CA 95603Program: Gene E. Bigler, Ph.D., a Stockton historian and retired diplomat, will give a PowerPoint presentation on “The Golden Horse and the California-Panama Gold Rush Connection.” Gene Bigler says his fascination with the Gold Rush is due in part to the fact one of his ancestors was Henry William Bigler of the Mormon Battalion who worked with James Marshall at John Sutter’s Coloma sawmill. It was Henry Bigler’s detailed diaries that helped fix the famous gold discovery date as Jan. 24, 1848.* DO NOT BRING ALCOHOL. County directives prohibit it and we can't get liability coverage..
Placer County Historical Society News Michael Otten, immediate past president Please welcome Walt Wilson as the new president of the Placer County Historical Society. After a decade plus it is time to pass the reins to a fellow multitasker. His term began May 1.Whether it is planes, trains, teaching, history, trivia, church or other activities, Wilson pitches in with enthusiasm and aplomb. He is one of those consummate do-it-yourselfers.When Wilson isn’t volunteering, you might find him substitute teaching or in his office at the Auburn City Airport handling operations. Walt Wilson Wilson and his wife, Bonnie, a pediatric nurse, came to Placer County in the late 1970s after purchasing four acres in Christian Valley. He eventually spent some 17 years building his own home. He took classes at Sierra College to learn how, enabling him to most of it from the plans to the foundation, framing, wiring and plumbing. He said the county tired of annually renewing his building permit that inspectors gave him a 20-item list to quickly complete before finally signing off in 2003. Twelve years later, Walt still says he’s not done. He can’t remember when they moved in, but it was an April 1 after spending four years living in a trailer. More about Walt.
Calendar continuedConference of California Historical Societies (CCHS) Annual MeetingHurry, hurry. Get those reservations in for a gala time at the 61st annual meeting of the Conference of California Historical Societies. Discover why San Francisco was the place to be a century ago and again today. It is the place to be for sensory historical overload. looking to the past and to the future, to make some critical CCHS upgrades and to having a lot of fun with interesting folks like yourself. You can check out the details at www.californiahistorian.com. Lots more info on this website...Click here.------------------Auburn Depot – site of The Gold Rush MuseumClick here to read about this local project in the May-June edition of The Placer.A complete calendar of events is published on the last page The Placer.Click here to jump to the current edition of The Placer.Old Town Walking Tours -- 10 am every Saturday, Historic Courthouse, 101 Maple St., Auburn. Lasts about an hour. (530) 888-6500.