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Author Mann St. Piran’s Day speaker

At the second annual St. Piran’s Day, Grass Valley will celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the book , an account of Nevada County in the decades following the Civil War.

The book’s author, Professor Ralph Mann, will speak at a pasty lunch at noon on Saturday, March 11, at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church.

Luncheon tickets are $10 and available at the The Book Seller and the Grass Valley – Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, Grass Valley; Record Connection, Glenbrook; Harmony Books and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Nevada City; and the GV Downtown Association.



The Grass Valley Male Voice Choir will also perform, singing songs of America and Cornwall. The choir is directed by Eleanor Kenitzer.

Professor Mann is currently the Department of History’s Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He previous won the university-wide award for teaching excellence. He teaches social history and history of the Civil War and Reconstruction.




Mann wrote After the Gold Rush when working toward his doctorate at Stanford University. The book chronicles the industrialization of the local mines. A comprehensive social history of Grass Valley and Nevada City, it explores issues of occupation, class, gender and ethnicity in the 19th century.

Mann will speak on how he came to write the book and his reflections on the themes of the book twenty-five years later.

His forthcoming book is , a study of guerrilla warfare in the Civil War Appalachian South.


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