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Osborn cherished community

The death of David Osborn has been a huge loss for this community, and many of us have our own stories of how this man and his work touched our lives. We at Altares del Mundo had a special relationship with David over the past two years, and his passing leaves a large and lonely gap in the fabric that is the Altares experience.



David Osborn and Charles Woods believed in the Altares effort from the moment we requested their support and participation. Their group, The American Victorian Museum, agreed to be our umbrella organization as we worked toward securing nonprofit status. Without their assistance, Altares del Mundo would not be the thriving community offering it is today. But David and Charles did not merely allow us to use their group’s name and standing – they embraced the spirit of Altares with their hearts and their hands, creating amazingly intricate and breathtaking altars that saluted the history and charm of Nevada County, and working tirelessly throughout the year with the rest of the board members to plan and carry out the annual show. Their energy, devotion, and generosity were astonishing. The quality of their contributions was exquisite.




David Osborn was the kind of person who holds a community together by cherishing it and making the effort to help it become a better place. He was a great man who enhanced our lives, and we treasure the gift of knowing him. Thank you, David.

The Board of Altares del Mundo

Paul Cogley, Kat Barrie, Charles Woods, Meg Hughes, Teddy Kell, Donna Keith, Judy Nichols, and Kathryn Stull


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