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Learn the history of the Miners Foundry

The Nevada County Historical Society will host a special panel discussion on the 160-year history of the Miners Foundry on May 16 in Nevada City.
Photo courtesy of the Nevada County Historical Society

In celebration of National Historic Preservation Month, the Nevada County Historical Society will host a special panel discussion, “The Miners Foundry — A 160 Year Success Story for History, Arts & Culture and Commerce” at 7 p.m. on May 16 at Sierra Presbyterian Church, located at 175 Ridge Road in Nevada City.

From its earliest days as a machine shop that spawned such modern marvels as the Pelton wheel and fabricated the steel used in World War II Liberty Ships along with the spire of the Transamerica building in San Francisco, to its current use as a cultural center, the Miners Foundry is an exceptional example of California’s rich historical heritage, providing an educational and social bridge from the past to the present and future. What is historic, and worth saving, varies with the beholder. Preserving buildings offers both cultural and practical value that not only benefits a community’s culture, but also its local economy.

Guest panelists will include Gretchen Bond, the Foundry’s current executive director; attorney Allan Haley, founder of Nevada City Winery; Paul Matson, former Nevada City mayor, past Foundry Board president and one of the executors of the Osborn/Woods estate; and Kenneth Holbrook whose family first arrived in Nevada County in 1848. Moderating the discussion is Jesse Locks, director of the Nevada City Film Festival and a board member of the Nevada County Arts Council. Each speaker will share intimate knowledge and stories from the various eras of the Miners Foundry and explore how key individuals galvanized the community to protect and preserve this living piece of history. Admission is free. The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday of every month except December. For more information, visit http://www.NevadaCountyHistory.org or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

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