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Hemig: The party ain’t over yet!

Jim Hemig Publisher The Union
John Hart/jhart@theunion.com | The Union

A month ago, The Union hosted a 150th anniversary open house party. Almost 500 people helped celebrate this momentous occasion.

We had some wonderful food, music and tours. We celebrated the great historical stories and photos we’ve been running all year. And we had some great community camaraderie.

We all had a great time that night. But it ain’t over yet. We still have more planned this year to celebrate your local paper’s 150 years of publishing news, information and entertainment in western Nevada County.



Next up we have the premiere of our historical documentary, “Golden Stories of Our Past,” at the Del Oro Theatre Wednesday, Nov. 5. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the film starts at 6:30 p.m.

But the best part of this evening will be the highlight, a special recognition of John Hart, The Union’s photographer for the past 50 years. The Historical Society is recognizing Hart with the Citizen of the Year Award.

This documentary was filmed locally by Zoe Toffaleti, a talented young filmmaker from Nevada City, and produced by The Union’s very own Julia Stidham and Mary Anne Davis. The movie features some of our longtime community members telling stories about the early days in western Nevada County. Stories from the mining days through the timber industry to when our freeway was first being planned and built.




Some of the stories include activities and locations that no longer exist, like the dancing, skating and swimming at Lake Olympia.

I don’t want to give everything away, but some of the stories are from people like Lowell Robinson, LaVonne Amaral, Kelly Graham, John Reader, Ken Holbrook, Genevieve Ingram, Jim Moule and Madelyn Helling, among others.

This movie has documented their memories, so they can be cherished well into the future.

Come join us at the Del Oro as we will have additional surprises, including a famous Mark Twain impersonator providing an introduction to the movie. This will also be another chance to sample The Union’s 1864 Anniversary Lager, specially made by Ol’ Republic Brewery to commemorate the newspaper’s anniversary. The limited run of three kegs and 64 cases of tall bottles is almost gone. Only two cases were available as of Monday this week. This may be your last chance to taste what beer was like 150 years ago in western Nevada County.

Tickets are $15 for subscribers and $18 for non-subscribers. Price includes the movie, hors d’oeuvres, a swag bag, 150th anniversary magazine and two beer or wine tasting tickets. Tickets can be bought in advance by stopping by The Union office at 464 Sutton Way in Grass Valley or bought at the door — if the event is not sold out.

But wait, that’s not the end of the party either!

The Nevada County Historical Society is also getting in on the act. Our Historical Society is also celebrating a momentous occasion — its own 70th anniversary! On Saturday, Nov. 15, from 6-10 p.m., they are holding a 70th Anniversary and Awards Banquet at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge at 109 South School St. in Grass Valley.

This event will feature food, drinks, music, dancing and will also have a special celebration of The Union’s contribution over the last 150 years. But the best part of this evening will be the highlight, a special recognition of John Hart, The Union’s photographer for the past 50 years. The Historical Society is recognizing Hart with the Citizen of the Year Award.

John has taken pictures of many people in our community, including several generations of people in western Nevada County. Whether it’s a fire, an accident, or every community, social or local sporting event, John has covered it all. The Nevada County Historical Society would like to recognize him that night.

If you would like to attend and help us celebrate the Nevada County Historical Society’s 70th year and our local historian/photographer John Hart, contact the Historical Society at 530-210-6842. Tickets are $25 for the buffet dinner.

A vegetarian option will be available, but it must be purchased in advance by Nov. 7.

Help us put a cap on the end of a great year celebrating The Union’s 150th Anniversary. I hope to see you at one or both of these upcoming events.

To contact Publisher Jim Hemig, email jhemig@theunion.com or call 530-477-4299.


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