The Nevada City Museum hosts living history events each weekend in the summer. This ghost town comes alive with reenactors who relive past events during the gold rush era. You can walk among them, engage with them and experience life during the 1860s. If you would like to volunteer in the living history program contact us.
Due to COVID19, first weekend of Living History demonstrations will start on Saturday, June 6th and Sunday June 7th.
Montana Heritage Commission
2020 Living History Schedule
*Schedule subject to change without notice based on weather and volunteer availability
Pioneer Museum Experience: June 5-7, July 9-11, August 28-30. Space is limited reservations required two weeks in advance.
6/6-7 “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.
6/13-14 “News From Home”
News of President Lincoln 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 coming home.
6/20-21 “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?
6/27-28 “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.
7/4-5 “Independence Day”
Now is the day we celebrate our country’s independence. For the first time in a few years we can celebrate it as a whole nation again! Bless our Union boys!
Parades!! Fun and games!! Pies eating contests!! Red!! White!! Blue!!
7/11-12 “Children’s Weekend”
Oh, to be a kid again: chores in the morning, then school, then back home for more chores, and then... Oh the fun! Who would’a thought rolling a hoop down the street would be fun?
7/18-19 “Women of the Gulch”
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?
7/25-26 “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!
8/1-2 “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?
8/8-9 “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 eternal slumber.
8/15-16 “Making Society”
One knows they live in society when there is easy access to entertainment, commerce, and good company.
8/23-23 “Circle of Life – from Birth to Death”
The Victorian era’s most important moments, birth, childhood, romance, family, death – a weekend fraught with emotion.
8/29-30 “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?
9/5-6 “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. A season not everyone survives.
*Schedule subject to change without notice based on weather and volunteer availability.
Pioneer Museum Experience - June 5-7, July 9-11, August 28-30. Space is limited reservations required two weeks in advance.
Imagine yourself living an working in an 1865 Gold Rush town! As a citizen of town, you will spend the night in one of our historic homes or tents along with Living History interpreters. You will cook your meals on a cast iron stove and help with chores around town. Every pioneer experience includes lodging within the museum, meals and historic clothing to wear for the weekend.
$200 for adult and $150 for youth (age 10-17) - 50% due at reservation and 50% due two weeks prior to arrival. Minimum of two adults per group and maximum of 6 people per group.