The Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum is pleased to announce that the next History Night at the Museum is set for Thursday, May 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Over the past two seasons, the history nights have explored the ages when the Mountain Maidu had Indian Valley to themselves, managing its resources and enjoying an isolated paradise, followed by prospectors pouring into the valley.
In the 1850s, Peter Lassen came and went, but Jobe Taylor stayed to create a busting community. In the 1860s, the town of Round Valley boomed and quickly disappeared as most of its residents moved down the mountain to a new town called Greenville. Dams were built and dams burst, flooding the land and killing Mr. Green.
Interesting times followed when the Hurdy Gurdy Girls hit town and when a bullet ripped through the school above one of the bars. In the 1870s, residents built and fires destroyed, but Greenville, Crescent Mills and Taylorsville continued to grow.
Through it all, we heard how the Maidu struggled to maintain their way of life as the new residents took over more and more of their homeland. Some of their new neighbors treated them well and some treated them terribly. They had to deal with new laws and new diseases from which they had little protection. And yet they persisted.
On Thursday, May 16, when Trina Cunningham, Norman Lamb and Kest Porter pick up the story with the 1880s, guests will hear about more tragedy and the tenacity of the valley’s residents to roll up their sleeves and keep building. It is heartbreaking and inspiring, say organizers.
Museum volunteers invite everyone to join them tomorrow evening at the museum. The presentation is free, though donations are gladly accepted. For more information, call Kest Porter at 616-0226.
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