Catch ‘Gold Fever!’ tonight |

Catch ‘Gold Fever!’ tonight

Tonight’s “Author Night” brings awareness to the traveling exhibit, “Gold Fever! Untold Stories of California’s Gold Rush,” at the Eric Rood Administrative Center and the adjacent Madelyn Helling Library and provides living history performances.

Here through March 8, the traveling exhibit includes 24 mural panels of text, documents, photographs, paintings and artifacts of Californios, Native Americans and adventurers who emigrated from around the world.

Nevada County painter Lily Nova’s acrylic paintings inspired by images from the Gold Rush period are included in the display.

The free “Author Night” program tonight at 6 in the Nevada County Supervisors’ board chambers features David Comstock, author of Sierra Nevada history books including “Gold Diggers and Camp Followers, 1845-1851” and “Brides of the Gold Rush, 1851-1859,” in miner’s garb describing life 150 years ago.

“Author Night” opens with Rick Toles telling stories as “Alkali – Last of the 49ers” and playing Gold Rush-era music on banjo, guitar and dulcimer.

The free exhibit is appropriate for all ages. The Rood Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Helling Library is open Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The traveling exhibit was organized by the California Exhibition Resources Alliance. “Author Night” is sponsored by Friends of the Nevada County Library.

The library is on 980 Helling Way and the Rood Center is at 950 Maidu Ave. off of Highway 49 in Nevada City. Call the library at 265-7050 for more information.

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