Preserving Our Local History Since 1944

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Celebrating & Preserving the History of Nevada County, Ca

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Become a member or renew your membership online now.

 Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities!

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- Research -

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 Find many useful research links and access thousands of Nevada County historical photos, books and maps at the Searls Historical Library. 

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- Coming Events -

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Learn more about the Historical Society and local history by attending our free, monthly membership meetings and informative historical programs.

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Visit Our Library & Museums!

The Searls Historical Library

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 Open 1pm - 4pm, Monday - Saturday

The archive of the Nevada County Historical Society. Established in 1973, the Searls Historical Library has become one of the premier libraries of materials on the area's history... more

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

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Open 10am - 4pm, Friday - Tuesday

Located in Nevada City, California, the Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is dedicated to the preservation of local transportation history and artifacts from the narrow gauge railroad era... more

Firehouse No. 1 Museum

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 Open 1pm - 4pm, Wednesday - Sunday

Completed in the Spring of 1861, the Firehouse No. 1 Museum was home to Nevada Hose Company No.1 from 1861 to 1938. During those nearly 80 years, horse -drawn fire wagons and handcarts... more

North Star Mining Museum

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Open 12pm - 4pm, Wednesday - Sunday

Intimately connected with the many aspects of gold mining in Nevada County, California, the North Star Mining Museum includes exhibits of mining artifacts, pelton wheels, a working Stamp Mill and... more