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Nevada County Historical Society’s Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum Receives California Humanities Grant

California Humanities recently announced the September 2022 Humanities For All Project Grant. The Nevada County Historical Society’s Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum has received $5,000 for its project titled “Who is Sarah Kidder?” “.

Humanities For All Project Grant is a competitive California Humanities grant program that supports locally developed projects that address the needs, interests, and concerns of Californians, provide publicly accessible learning experiences, and promote understanding among the diverse population of our state.

This story-driven project, “Who is Sarah Kidder?” organized by Pamela Biery at the Nevada County Historical Society, Nevada City, seeks to foster meaningful reflections on the community histories that have shaped this state. “Who is Sarah Kidder?” will consist of a series of 16 programmatic events and three participatory activities as part of a major exhibit at the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum that will run from March to June 2023, in observance of National Women’s History Month. “Who is Sarah Kidder?” is an interdisciplinary exhibit that features historic artifacts, the opportunity to ride a historic narrow-gauge railroad bus, and an educational video produced by Nevada Union High School’s Broadcast Department.



“We have spent a lot of time creating a Sarah Kidder wing in the museum and see this as a fitting project to increase the importance of Kidder and the railroads’ role in building the West.” notes John Christensen, director of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Museum. This project aims to engage young people in history and generally improve understanding and appreciation of women’s contribution to California.

“Who is Sarah Kidder?” invites museum visitors and attendees to learn more about California history. In addition to Jason Searles, broadcast instructor at Nevada Union High School, local actor Mary Baird and Ramona Howard of Nevada County Media serve as advisors while Sierra College women’s history instructor Megan White will offer an informative conference.



Pamela Biery notes, “We are honored and grateful to be among the Distinguished Honorees from across California. We are very grateful for research support from the Nevada County Historical Society, Searls Historical Library, and Doris Foley Library.

“These projects will shine a light on the complexity and diversity of California in new ways that will engage Californians from all parts of our state and help us all better understand each other,” said Julie Fry, president and CEO of California Humanities. “We commend these grantees whose projects will foster understanding and provide insight into a wide range of topics, issues and experiences.”

California Humanities promotes the humanities—focused on ideas, conversation, and learning—as relevant and meaningful ways to understand the human condition and to connect with one another to help strengthen California. California Humanities has provided grants and programs across the state since 1975. To learn more, visit http://www.calhum.orgor follow California Humanities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Source: Pamela Biery, MA