NCTV seeks sister cities’ gold mine of history |

NCTV seeks sister cities’ gold mine of history

Living here most of my life and being a history teacher, I’ve come to realize how important our local history is. It is our common heritage and we may be losing it.

Nevada City is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its incorporation in April. NCTV is producing five shows to honor the occasion and, in doing so, has developed the idea of establishing a video archive based on the local old timers who still reside here.

We invite longtime residents to call (478-6400 ext. 250) and reserve a time to record stories of our past before we lose the opportunity. As our community struggles to define itself, recognizing and valuing our common history will remind us of what we share, what we can hold on to and what can bring us together. Truly, our past is a gold mine that will serve to help us shape our future.

It has been two years since NCTV got its start and it’s time for an update. It has been almost two years since negotiations began with Comcast and still no agreement has been reached. In the meantime, we continue to grow, thanks to support from Terry McAteer, the cities, county, our dedicated staff and business underwriters in our community, plus the many local volunteers and producers now airing shows.

NCTV now offers 25 different local productions each week, in addition to local governmental meetings. The series produced includes: 19 weekly shows entitled: Community Focus; Moving in on Meth; a 10-part series on Childhood Obesity in partnership with the First 5 Commission; a continuing series on Emergency Preparedness; Are We Ready; and now filming and airing a series of shows celebrating the 150th anniversary of Nevada City. In addition, we conduct video classes with Sierra College, High School ROP, Lyman Gilmore Middle School, Nevada City School of the Arts, and Montessori Charter School, as well as other classes offered to our membership.

NCTV cablecasts 24/7 and covers many local events, such as the recent Janet Evans’ visit. We host the Day of Giving Telethon, raising over $60,000 last year for other local non-profits. Funding from Comcast would help us immensely in replacing old, worn-out equipment on its last legs Ð so we are hoping for the contract agreement’s timely resolution.

As our community continues to grow and develop, we can see that the amount of talent we have here is exceptional. Our citizens are active and engaged. Local is “where it’s at” and will become even more so. To succeed, we will need to find ways to support each other in our ongoing efforts to create the quality of life we all desire.


Lewis Sitzer is a history teacher at Nevada Union and executive director at NCTV.

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