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Historian’s ‘Images of America: Nevada City’ focus of discussion

Maria Brower is quite an historian, given her credentials: manager of the Doris Foley historical branch of the Nevada County Library; editor of the Nevada County Historical Society newsletter; and founder of the Nevada County Genealogical Society.

Saturday at 3 p.m. Brower will talk about her new book, “Images of America: Nevada City” at The Book Seller in Grass Valley. The book, which is part of a series that celebrates the history of small towns and cities across the country, is a vibrant collection of archival photographs and narrative that captures the heritage of Nevada City – a town that once rivaled San Francisco and Sacramento. Readers follow the creation of the town from its Native American roots through the Gold Rush era (from rustic camp to booming gold-mining town) and into the early 20th century. Chapters focus on the changing architecture, snow scenes, celebrations and pioneer families.

The colorful characters are the most fun to read about, though – figures such as “Funeral” Mary Stockham, who never missed a funeral; and historically important figures, including Ellen Clark Sargent, who founded the Nevada County Women’s Suffrage Association.

This free event includes a discussion, book-signing and refreshments. Call the store, located at 107 Mill St., at 272-2131 for more information.

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