Getting around Crescent Mills in 1925 didn’t involve tire chains. The Greenville Museum is looking for other examples of early modes of transportation in Indian Valley for its 2019 “Travel Through Time” displays. Photo courtesy of Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum

Greenville Museum announces transportation theme for new season

Got a ticket on the Indian Valley Railroad? Trade it in for a ride through the past as the Greenville Cy Hall Memorial Museum prepares to launch the 2019 season and a new display, “Travel Through Time in Indian Valley.”

Museum directors are looking for information about how transportation has changed over the years in Indian Valley, from Maidu Indian modes of transport to the present. All aspects of local travel are relevant, from trails and paths to wagon roads, trains and automobiles, said Travis Rubke, president of the museum board.

Any artifacts, stories or photos that would help tell the story of transportation are welcome: old wheels, tools, skis, maps, horseshoes and tickets of all sorts.

“We know there’s a wealth of information hiding around Indian Valley. We’d like to share it in the museum’s first-of-a-kind display,” Rubke said.

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The transportation display museum directors are preparing will debut Saturday, May 4, when the museum opens for the season at noon. Opening day will be followed Saturday, May 11, with a tea held at noon tentatively planned at the Greenville Masonic Hall.

The museum, at 132 Main St. in Greenville and named for former Greenville Fire Chief Cy Hall, will hold history nights relating to transportation history in Indian Valley at 7 p.m. on May 16, July 18 and Aug. 15. A yard sale fundraiser is scheduled for June.

The final event of the season is the museum’s History at the Graveyard, a soup and salad event Sept. 28 that starts at 5 p.m. at — where else — the Greenville Cemetery.

All events are open to the public and allow a leisurely look at the museum’s permanent displays, which focus on Maidu history and Indian Valley’s timeline.

To donate or loan an artifact or photo, or to share a story contact Rubke, at 284-6473,  [email protected], or Kest Porter at 616-0226, [email protected]

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