Nevada County Historical Society

CNL Member since 2003

Founded: 1944

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The Nevada County Historical Society (NCHS) is a cultural and educational organization that collects, preserves, interprets and disseminates knowledge about the history of Nevada County and the surrounding mining area known as the Northern Mines.

Since its beginnings one of the Society’s major objectives has been the collection, display, and preservation of the artifacts, documents, and memorabilia of the county. The Firehouse No. 1 Museum (est. 1947) and the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum (est. 2003) in Nevada City, and the Northstar Mining Museum in Grass Valley (est. 1968) have a wide range of collections and exhibits. Our museums also provide group tours, host conferences, book talks and other events. The Searls Historical Library in Nevada City (est. 1973) houses an exceptional collection of books, documents, maps, and over 20,000 historical photographs.  Local residents, members of the business community, tourists, and researchers alike visit our museums and library.



Our Annual Flea Market was held on Saturday, May 24, 2014, and will be held each Memorial Day weekend going forward.  The National Guard Armory Building Capital Campaign will run from June 2014-June 2016.  Our Annual Membership Drive began in October 2014