French author shares love of Gold Rush era |

French author shares love of Gold Rush era

Claudine Chalmers has written a book, “Images of America: Grass Valley.” That doesn’t sound unusual until you hear her story. A native of France who now divides her time between Mill Valley and Grass Valley with a yearly trip to France to visit family, Chalmers says she became enchanted with the Gold Country when she moved to the United States more than 40 years ago.

“The Gold Rush to me,” she said, “was a movie by Charlie Chaplin. I had no clue.” A friend of hers, who was a treasure hunter living in the town of Washington, introduced her to artifacts he had found. She then went hunting for clues, too, in the mountains and at Searls Historical Library, finding that many of her countrymen had been pioneers in Nevada County. All of that led to her writing her Ph.D. dissertation on the French and the Gold Rush, an 800-page tome that she is in the process of translating now into English “very slowly,” she says charmingly. She received her advanced degree from the University of Nice, in the south of France.

“Images of America: Grass Valley,” which was co-authored by the Grass Valley Downtown Association, features archival photos from several public and private collections that bring Grass Valley’s glittering tale of gold to life.

Chalmers will be greeting the public at a “Meet and Greet the Author” event Saturday, Nov. 18, 1-3 p.m., at The Center for the Arts, Gallery Area, 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

The gathering is free, and refreshments will be served.

Contact The Book Seller at 272-2131 or the GVDA at 272-8315 for more information.

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