By Monica McClanahan
OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Library will host a presentation by Jack and Kay Good along with local author, Marcia Freedman, on Saturday, July 25, from 10:30am to noon.
Jack and Kay Good will be talking about the Coarsegold Historical Society and Historic Museum. Coarsegold is located at the southern end of the Gold Chain where the town boasted productive gold mines from the 1850s through the early 1900s. The Society’s volunteers have worked tirelessly to improve the Museum, located on Highway 41.
The Goods will talk about the two-volume book As We Were Told, published by the Society. It is a 409-page book of interviews with local mountain pioneers. The second volume includes the history of the Coarsegold Rodeo, the John Shay story Twenty Years in the Backwoods of California, and others.
The historic Museum stocks many other books including Following the Bells by Dwight Barnes, Walking Where We Lived by Gaylen Lee, and Miners, Lumberjacks and Cowboys by Dwight Barnes.
Local author Marcia Penner Freedman will be talking about two of her books that cover a historical perspective of our foothills. Willow Creek History: Tales of Cow Camps, Shake Makers & Basket Weavers follows the 25-mile long creek that flows from the Sierra Forest to the San Joaquin River. Marcia describes the Creek’s place in logging, hydroelectric and herding history, as well as the native tribes that made their homes along its banks.
Marcia’s second book, Fighting Fire in the Sierra National Forest, traces the history of fire management from the early years through the policy shifts that began in the 1960s, and the measures used today. This topic is especially vital to our area this summer, slated to be one of the driest summers in history.
All of these books will be available for perusal and purchase at this event.
If you have any questions about this special presentation, please call the Oakhurst Branch Library at 559-683-4838 or visit Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library.