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Life of Luzena Stanley Wilson portrayed at next Author Night

The protagonist in “My Checkered Life: Luzena Stanley Wilson in Early California” will be portrayed Wednesday in Nevada City by the book’s author, Vacaville historian Fern Henry.

Henry will illustrate Wilson’s days as a 19th century hotel-keeper, banker and merchant in the Sacramento, Vacaville and Nevada City areas.

The pioneer left Nevada City in 1851 after a fire destroyed her El Dorado Hotel. The author adds to the living history portrayal by playing popular period music on a 19th century portable pump organ.



Wilson was quoted in Ken Burns’ PBS series, “The West.” In addition, numerous anthologies on Western women and interactive displays celebrating the Gold Rush Sesquicentennial at the Oakland Museum have featured Wilson.

Henry’s book was recently released by Carl Mautz Publishing of Nevada City.




Also featured at Wednesday’s Author Night will be Mal Huntley whose great-grandfather Sir Henry Vere Huntley wrote “California: Its Gold and Its Inhabitants” in London in 1856. The book has been republished with a new photo layout by Carl Mautz Publishing.

Besides the book presentations, the Living History Volunteers of the Empire Mine State Historic Park will present a fashion show of early 1900-era finery.

For all ages, the free program is sponsored by the County of Nevada, Friends of the Nevada County Libraries, Carl Mautz Publishing and the Living History Centre. The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries will provide complimentary refreshments and sell used books.

Author Night begins 6 p.m. at the Nevada County Board Chambers in the Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave. Call the Nevada County Library at 265-7050 for more information.


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