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Video museum becomes history

Kerana M. Todorov
Ron Sturgell (left) and Ron Cooper of KXTV in Sacramento are shown here at the Nevada County Fair last summer.
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The Grass Valley Video History Museum in Memorial Park in Grass Valley will not re-open this spring.

It is history.

“We’ve moved out of there,” said Ron Sturgell, who directed the museum for more than a decade.

Sturgell said he decided to call it quits after a major disagreement with the Nevada County Historical Society, under which the Grass Valley Video History Museum operated.

He and Lampkin Bedford, the incoming president of the Nevada County Historical Society, declined to specify the reasons behind the closure.

“There was some criticism in the way they kept their books,” Lampkin would only say.

But Charlie Jakobs, who called Lampkin a good man, said the accusations are baseless.

“There was nothing wrong the way we kept the records,” said Jakobs, the chairman of the Grass Valley Video History Museum.

Sturgell said the artifacts on loan at the museum have been returned to their owners, but he will continue to film and show historic photos at the Nevada County Fair and other public events.

Sturgell, who also restores old films, said he and his supporters will continue their projects. “I am going to continue what we do.”

“I do love it,” he said. “And it’s a lot of fun.”

Jakobs, who said the name of the organization may change, was grateful for the support from the community and individual supporters. Like Sturgell, Jakobs promised the work done by the Grass Valley Video History Museum will continue.

“We’re going to take the show on the road,” Jakobs said.

The museum was open May through October in a city-owned building.

Sandy Jacobson, the city’s parks and recreation coordinator, said the city does not have immediate plans for the building.

The city paid for a part-time curator, a telephone line and the cost of utilities – approximately $7,200 a year.

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