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31 October 2008

Unraveling Historical Cold Cases: A Workshop November 15, 2008

CGS member Penelope Curtis sent this notice of an upcoming workshop.

I have been involved with the preservation of the North Star Mine House, designed by Julia Morgan in 1905, for many, many years. Part of that preservation has been in-depth research into the lives of its primary occupants which led me to my own ancestors. The result is this workshop on November 15 that features a local historian who has written numerous accounts of female pioneers.

The North House was designed by Julia Morgan as a hospitality house for the North Star Mine. This photograph is from the Foote family collection. Arthur De Wint Foote took the photo in 1907 when he was superintendent of the North Star Mine and the new host of the house. [Photograph from Penelope's SmugMug gallery.]

The North Star House docents present Grass Valley author Chris Enss.

Saturday, November 15, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the North Star Mine House, Grass Valley, California.

Join us in a workshop to learn from Ms. Enss how to unravel cold cases as an historical detective. She will share ten tips for conducting personal genealogical or historical investigations:

1. Prowling the courthouse; 2. Nosing around the archives; 3. Checking out the church; 4. Hunting through the home; 5. Tramping through the trades; 6. Delving into the dispensary; 7. Poking around the Pokey; 8. Roving over the reports; 9. Listening for clues; 10. Noticing the newspapers.

Workshop fee $45 will benefit the North Star House rehabilitation.
Bring your own lunch.
Workshop attendees limited to 25.

Make checks payable to: North Star Historic Conservancy, Post Office Box 578, Cedar Ridge, CA 95924

Ms. Enss is an award-winning screenwriter who has written for television, short subject and feature films and for stand-up comedians. She is the author of several books, including A Beautiful Mine: Women Prospectors of the Old West, Hearts West: True Stories of Mail Order Brides on the Frontier and How the West Was Worn: Bustles and Buckskins on the Wild Frontier.

For reservations or more information e-mail Penelope Curtis or call 530-798-5955.