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Who were these Cornish miners?

Submitted by Daniel Ketcham

In 1861, a Grass Valley newspaper reported, “Our mining is for the most part carried on by Cornishmen.” Who were these Cornish miners? How and when did they come to Nevada County? Were they really as important to local mining as people seem to think? What was their economic impact? Historian Gage McKinney will attempt to answer these and many other questions about the Cornish miners at the Nevada County Historical Society’s monthly speaker night at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17 at The Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road in Nevada City. McKinney recently taught a course on “Cornish history and culture” in the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute at Sierra College. He is the author of several books, including, “When Miners Sang” and “MacBoyle’s Gold.” Admission is free and open to the public. The one-hour presentation will be followed by free refreshments. The Nevada County Historical Society offers free presentations about local history on the third Thursday every month except December. For more information, visit http://www.NevadaCountyHistory.org or contact Daniel Ketcham at 530-477-8056.

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