IMPORTANT NOTE: Events are subject to rescheduling or cancellation based on Covid-19 regulations.
NORTH STAR SPEAKER SERIES
Each year we host several interesting historical presentations. Suggested donation is $10/person. Light refreshments are served afterwards. Our presentations are typically held indoors on Sunday afternoons, from 2-4pm. For social distancing reasons, we might move the summer presentations outside into the courtyard, in which case we will change the time to 7-9pm, after the heat mid-day. Stay tuned!
Sunday, July 12: NISENAN HOMELANDS: THEN AND NOW
Join us for a presentation and discussion about our local Native American Tribe, the Nisenan. Shelly Covert of the
the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe, will talk about the Tribe’s current fight to regain their Federal Recognition and share the significance of the local landscape. Shelly will also highlight the importance of including the Nisenan in local history and as a part of Nevada County’s ongoing identity. (www.nisenan.org)
Speaker: Shelly Covert is the spokesperson for the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe and sits on the Tribal Council. She is also the Executive Director for the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project.
Sunday, August 23: THE NORTH STAR MINE POWERHOUSE: A LEGACY OF ARTHUR DE WINT FOOTE
Join us for a journey via historical slides
- from construction of the innovative North Star Powerhouse in 1895, designed by A.D. Foote
- to abandonment when the mines were shut down in 1956
- to rebirth into a world-class mining museum, preserving the relics of history of the gold mining era in California.
Speakers: Jeffrey Boylan and Gary Smith are part of the Docent team at the North Star Mining Museum.
Sunday, October 4: JAMES HAGUE – THE MAN BEHIND THE NORTH STAR
Mineral wealth brought cultured and capable people to the North Star gold mine, especially engineer Arthur & author-illustrator Mary Hallock Foote and architect Julia Morgan. The “impresario” who created the set and assembled the cast was as remarkable as any of these better-remembered characters of the North Star House. On November 4, historian Gage McKinney will tell the story of James D. Hague (1836-1909), an internationally-renowned geologist, industrialist, author and scholar, who exuded tact and was ever-ready with a cheerful expression. Gage will tell how Hague placed a great house on a hill in Nevada County, California and much more.
Speaker: Gage McKinney is a local historian and author.
OTHER EVENTS AT THE HOUSE
Friday Nite Locals concerts: We had planned some outdoor concerts during the summer and would still like to hold one or two, but at this point it seems unlikely that we will be able to hold large outdoor concerts this summer. Look for them summer of 2021.
Soroptimist Garden Tour: The May 2020 Garden Tour was rescheduled to May 2021 and The Heritage Garden of The North Star House will be on the 2021 tour.