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Thank You to our newest Business Partners:  Joseph Bell, Attorney at Law, Pow Productions/Memories Retold.

The North Star Mining Museum is intimately connected with many aspects of gold mining in Nevada County, California. Offering extensive exhibits of mining artifacts, pelton wheels, a working Stamp Mill and Cornish Pump...


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The Searls Historical Library is the archive of the Nevada County Historical Society. Established in 1973, the Searls Library has become one of the premier libraries of materials on the area's history...


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Celebrating & Preserving the History of Nevada County, California Since 1944

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161 Nevada City Hwy, Nevada City, CA 95959

info@nevadacountyhistory.org

(530) 264-7569


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The Searls Historical Library is the archive of the Nevada County Historical Society. Established in 1973, the Searls Library has become one of the premier libraries of materials on the area's history...


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Thank You to our newest Business Partner:  Morgan Gilbert, Lyon Real Estate

Our Museums are open April 29th through Oct 31st. Searls Historical Library is open year round.

Completed in the Spring of 1861, the Firehouse No. 1 Museum was home to Nevada Hose Company No.1 from 1861 to 1938. During those nearly 80 years, horse -drawn fire wagons and handcarts...


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The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum, located in Nevada City, California, is dedicated to the preservation of local transportation history and artifacts from the narrow gauge railroad era....

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The Nevada County Historical Society had its beginning in the fall of 1944 after being inspired by Dr. Robert E. Burns, President of the College of the Pacific.

Dr. Burns was interested in the preservation of the history of the Mother Lode and Gold Country, and he spoke to the Grass Valley Lions Club about organizing a county historical society.                               read more...    

COMING EVENTS   (Events Calendar)


Change of Venue for 2017    see here ►


Thursday, June 15

Peter Mires will speak on Lake Tahoe's Rustic Architecture.

Saturday, July 20th
Gary Noy will share Gold Rush Stories.
Thursday, August 17th
Bill Oudegeest will speak on Donner Summit History.
Thursday, Sept 20th
Sweet Freedom's Plains: African Americans on the Overland Trails, 1841–1869 by Author Shirley Ann Wilson Moore