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Miners Foundry annual Open House a free family event

Every year the Miners Foundry Cultural Center opens its doors to the community to celebrate the history of Nevada County.

Geared toward the whole family, you’ll see a working two-stamp mill powered by a Pelton wheel, you can try the “Little Willie” juicer (once produced at the Foundry) and view Historic documents relating to the Foundry’s gold mining days, presented by Searls Library.

An exhibit and explanation of how patterns were used to create a mold for casting will be offered plus a detailed explanation of historic relationship between the Idaho-Maryland Mine and the Miners Foundry.

Foundry docents will be on hand throughout the day.

This free event looks at the Foundry’s evolution from a manufacturing center to a cultural center in Nevada City’s historic downtown.

The Foundry has undergone several incarnations since 1859 when it opened – producing heavy machinery and equipment for the gold mines.

The Pelton wheel, a water-driven power generator that revolutionized gold mining, was first manufactured in the Foundry. In the 1930s and ’40s, supplies for General Electric, gate balls for Boulder Dam and parts for Liberty ships were also made there.

In 1973, David Osborn and Charles Woods purchased the property and converted the Foundry into the American Victorian Museum, which put it on its course to become the cultural and entertainment center it is today.

They were the first to change the use of the Foundry to a center for the performing arts. The Miners Foundry has hosted the Performance Art Guild (PAG), Community Players, Readers Theatre, Sierra Stages and numerous live music events including recent performances by Iris Dement, Greg Brown and Richie Havens.

The Humbugs will perform and pasties, beer and wine will be available for sale.

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