2023 Living History Schedule
5/27-28 “The War Drags On”
The War Between the States drags on, dividing citizens’ loyalties while the hardships of the
west unite them in their pursuit of riches and survival.
6/3-4 “News From Home”
News of President Lincoln’s assassination made headlines April 29, 1865! With heavy hearts
we swathe the town in black. On a high note, Lee surrendered and the war is over. Our boys are
6/10-11 “Flour Riots”
It’s too early for local wheat harvest and flour supplies are waylaid in Salt Lake City!! Prices
spiking!! Citizens resorting to hoarding flour!! Will there be enough to get us through to spring!!?
6/17-18 “Ways West”
While one’s own two legs was a fine way to make it to Nevada City, there were many other
options. Everyone has a tale to tell?
6/24-25 “Sowing the Season”
The season of darkness is over and the season of sun and labor has begun! Join us as we
finish off the last of the winter provisions, begin planting for harvest, and deep clean our homes.
7/1-2 “Independence Day”
For the first time in a few years, we can celebrate Independence Day as a whole nation again!
Bless our Union boys! Fun and games!! Red!! White!! Blue!!
7/8-9 “Children’s Weekend”
Oh, to be a kid again: chores in the morning, then school, and sneaking off for hijinks. Who
would’a thought rolling hoops and a game of graces could be so fun?
7/15-16 “Women of the Gulch” And Nevada City Quilt Workshop & Exhibit
Women went west for many reasons and for some the west brought freedom, for others, fear.
Find out who’s thriving, who wants to go home, and what do they hope the future will bring for
themselves – and their daughters?
7/22-23 “Explore the Trades”
The tinsmiths and blacksmiths are moving in. Leather crafting and dying are in demand.
Cobblers, weavers, and wheelwrights set up shop. Our little mining camp is growing into a town!
7/29-30 “Modern Medicine?”
From amputations to typhoid, the doctors and midwives had much to attend to. How does the
town respond to the epidemics that sweep through?
8/5-6 “Beyond the Mining Camp”
It takes more than miners to make a mining camp a home. A cook to keep him fed, a
washerwoman to keep his clothes clean, and an undertaker when the miner settles down for the
8/12-13 “Making Society”
One knows they live in society when there is easy access to entertainment, commerce, and
8/19-20 “Circle of Life – from Birth to Death”
The Victorian era’s most important moments: birth, childhood, romance, family, death – a
weekend fraught with emotion.
8/26-27 “Should We Stay or Should We Go, Now?”
What to do, what to do? Head north to Last Chance Gulch? See what fortune waits back in the
reconstructing states? Light out to Oregon? Hunker down for the winter? What would you do?
9/2-3 “Preparing for Winter”
As summer breathes its last, colorful breath over the valley and as the shadow of winter creeps
down the mountain, the people start to prepare for the long, bitter season of darkness and loss;
it’s a season not everyone survives.
*Schedule subject to change without notice based on weather and volunteer availability.
New for 2023
“Stop in Time Experience”
On Saturdays, join the volunteers for the day – Stepback in time dressed up in historic clothing and get involved with historic skills or occupations.Lunch, clothing, and historic mentor provided. $75 per person, ask about family/group rates(48-hour advance notice required)
“Pioneer Experience” Immersive event for those that want to try the 1860’s life: Two nights historic (in museum) lodging, 6 meals, historic clothing provided. $200 per adult, $150 peryouth (ages 10-17, this experience is not appropriate for those younger than 10).
June 30 - July 2
July 28 - 30
August 25 - 27