Bernhard Museum Complex

  • The Bernhard residence, one of Auburn’s oldest surviving buildings, was built as the Traveler’s Rest Hotel in 1851.
  • Location: 291 Auburn-Folsom Road in Auburn.
  • Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Call (531) 889-4000
  • Visit

Donner Memorial State Park, Emigrant Trail Museum

  • Depicts the history of the area and the people who came into this part of the Sierra, including local Native Americans, the Donner Party, and builders of the transcontinental railroad
  • Location: just west of downtown Truckee on the south side of I-80, 100 mi. east of Sacramento
  • Open daily, Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; September to May from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Call (530) 582-7892
  • Visit

Gatekeeper’s & Marion Steinbach Museum

  • Features collections of archaeological artifacts and basketry
  • Archive on local history
  • Location: 130 West Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City
  • Open May 1 to October 1, Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; June 15 to Labor Day, daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Admission: adults $2, seniors and students $1.50, under 18 years are free
  • Call (530) 583-1762
  • Visit


Maidu Museum & Historic Site

  • 30-acre site encompasses an ancient Maidu Indian site and a state-of-the-art museum
  • 1.5 hour trail tour visits petroglyphs, bedrock mortars, and the historic site
  • Museum features hands-on exhibits about Maidu culture
  • Location: 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive in Roseville
  • Open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours MondayFriday, by reservation
  • Admission: adults $5, seniors & students $4, children under 5 are free
  • Call (916) 774-5934
  • Visit

Placer County Museum

  • Featured exhibit is the Pate Collection of Native American Art, containing artifacts from all of California, the Southwest, the Northwest Coast, Alaska, and the Eastern United States
  • Location: on the first floor of the historic Placer County Courthouse, 101 Maple Street in Auburn
  • Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the Placer County Museum Docent Guild will provide tours of the museum upon request.
  • Admission: free
  • Visit

2020 Student Presentation and Discussion Series No. 2

Assessing and Contextualizing Flower-Pot Mortars
Kyle Palazzolo, CSU Chico M.A. Candidate

Kyle presents ongoing research that attempts to assess and contextualize flower-pot mortars in the Central Coast region of Alta California by reconstructing their social life history. Costly-signaling theory is employed to determine whether flower-pot mortars can be considered prestige goods and gender theory will be used to address major theoretical issues such as the association of ground stone technology with women, the need for critical examination of gendered task differentiation, and the significance of food economies in the negotiation of power.

Following the presentation, Kyle will be joined in a roundtable discussion with panelists:
• Tammy Buonasera, research associate, University of California at Davis, Senior Archaeologist, Far Western Anthropological Research Group;
• Sandra Hollimon, professor, Santa Rosa Junior College; and,
• Joan Schneider, archaeologist Department of Parks and Recreation, Colorado Desert District (retired).
On this evening we also celebrated Kyle’s 2020 Outstanding Student Paper Award.

Recorded October 15, 2020

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