Mandy & Ben

The Essence of Spring

Yulyia M. Photography

Yulyia M. Photography

“If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be to having any spring” – Victor Hugo

Celebrating the Present | Planning for the Future | Honoring the Past


Our dreams include another year of hosting and supporting over 60 beautiful couples on the day of their dreams.

Become part of our family!  Become a Member of the Miners Foundry for as little as $5 a month.  Additional benefits for joining before May 31, 2016.

Find yourself at the Foundry in 2016!

Stone Hall Chandeliers

Stone Hall Chandelier

Kat Alves Photography

 

Many of the most unique touches in the Miners Foundry were salvaged from demolition projects across the world.  Charles Woods and David Osborn, creators of the American Victorian Museum, were masters at seeing beauty where others only saw junk.  The collection of chandeliers in the Stone Hall are examples of their vision.

The chandeliers date from the Victorian era and were purchased from an English church undergoing a renovation.  Many elements of what is today considered Victorian style didn’t become popular until later in the reign of Queen Victoria.  Victorian style often included interpretations of historic styles fused with new influences from the Middle East and Asia.

The chandeliers were in storage until Osborn/Woods purchased and renovated the Miners Foundry, granting new life to forgotten works of art.

 

 

KMK Styled Wedding

It’s Spring in the Heart of the Foundry!

Kat Alves

Kat Alves

“Every Spring is the Only Spring – a perpetual astonishment!” – Ellis Peters

Celebrating the Present | Planning for the Future | Honoring the Past


Our dreams include another year of hosting over 400 community events and nonprofit fundraisers in support of the needs of our Nevada County family.

Become part of our family!  Become a Member of the Miners Foundry for as little as $5 a month.  Additional benefits for joining before May 31, 2016.

Find yourself at the Foundry in 2016!

Andrew Smith Hallidie

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Another famous inventor to have worked at the Miners Foundry in the 1800s is Andrew Smith Hallidie.  Best known as the inventor of San Francisco’s cable car system, he is believed to have spent time at the Nevada Iron & Brass Foundry Machine Shop (known today as the Miners Foundry) from October of 1861 to May of 1862.

Born in London in 1836 as Andrew Smith, Hallidie was apprenticed to a machine shop and and drawing office.  In 1852, Hallidie sailed for California, where he became a gold miner, blacksmith, surveyor, and builder of bridges.  While working on a mine at American Bar, Hallidie invented wire rope, solving the problem of rapid rope deterioration in mining.

The Clay Street Hill Railway cable car line began service in September of 1873.  Accounts differ as to the extent of Hallidie’s involvement in the design, building, and implementation of the cable car service, however he was the primary patent holder and is generally considered the inventor of the cable car.

 

Kendra & Matthew

It’s Spring!

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“The world is shaped by two things – stories told and the memories they leave behind.” – Vera Nazarian

Celebrating the Present | Planning for the Future | Honoring the Past


Our dreams include the continuation of theatre classes and programs such as Reader’s Theatre, Theatre By the Book, and The 24 Hour Plays, plus the new Connections through History and Storytelling, beginning this summer.  

Become part of our family!  Become a Member of the Miners Foundry for as little as $5 a month.  Additional benefits for joining before May 31, 2016.

Find yourself at the Foundry in 2016!

Faces of the Foundry: Greg Cameron

Greg Cameron

 

The top notch sound system helmed by uber professional Greg Cameron is one of the many touches setting the Miners Foundry apart from other venues.  L.A.’s loss is Nevada County’s gain, many times over!

Are you originally from Nevada County?  If not, why did you decide to move to Nevada County?  Where are you from originally? 

I’m actually from Los Angeles. I moved here to take a job with AJA Video Systems so I could raise my family in potentially better environment.

How did you discover the Foundry in the first place?

I had a professional sound system that needed home after my family moved up here in 2008 from Los Angeles. My wife Sheila Cameron had mentioned that she read in the paper a place called Miners Foundry in downtown Nevada City was having an open house a couple of months after we moved here. She suggested I go to the open house and see if they might be in need of new sound system. So I took my young daughter to the open house – my first visit to Miners Foundry.

What were your initial impressions of the Foundry?

I was immediately intrigued by the building and it’s history. I found it truly fascinating.

What do you like the best about the Miners Foundry?

I love the building like a second home. I feel comfortable when I’m there. But most of all, I like the people who work there & run the place very much. And I really enjoy making so many new friends and acquaintances because of my relationship with Miners Foundry.

Why did you choose to become involved with the Foundry?

It became apparent that my sound system would be a good match with the Foundry during my first visit. I love music & art. I love being a live sound engineer. The Foundry is and has been an ideal place for me to enjoy the things I love. But it’s ideal because of the uniqueness of the place and the great people who run it.

How long have you been associated with the Foundry?

I’ve been sound engineering at Miners Foundry now for almost 8 years.

What types of events do you most enjoy?

Live music is probably my favorite type of event at Miners Foundry. But I have also enjoyed many weddings and fundraising events at the Foundry as well as Film Festivals. So many great thing happen there.

Do you have a funny or touching story to share about an experience at the Foundry?

I would have to say the New Year’s Eve show going into 2015 was one of the most fun and interesting events I’ve experienced. It didn’t start out that way. I wasn’t in the best of moods that day. Then half way into the celebration, the power went out in Nevada City. There was a scramble to try and get the show going again using various generators. But they all had something wrong with them. Whilst we tried to figure out what to do, the drummers from the bands started to jam. And people were good spirited about it. The party kept going, people kept filing into the building. The fun and great vibe of Nevada City was in full swing. After an hour of so of no power, we were just about to call the show and send everyone home. Literally seconds before I was to make the announcement, the power came on. I hurriedly got the PA situation back in order after trying to reroute power to the generators and got the band going. The energy of trying to save the show when there was no power really made things extra special when the power did finally come back on. The night turned out pretty magically I thought. I think a lot of folks agreed.

Would you encourage others to become involved with the Miners Foundry?  Why?  

I would strongly encourage folks to get involved with the Foundry or contribute to it in any way they can. The building and space is special. Many of the events that go on there are special. The place is an epicenter of art and community. And it needs help to keep it going. Aside from music fundraisers and weddings, the Foundry hosts art shows, dance classes, acting classes, spelling bees, and community meetings. The more people that get involved, the merrier. This place is for the people of this community and surrounding communities. If it wasn’t here, there would certainly be something vital missing from the community.

 

Remembering the AVM

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A personal history by Jonathan Meredith

I first came to Nevada City in 1975 and started playing guitar music at the American Victorian Museum in 1976.  I was hired by David Osborn and Charles Woods to play Friday, Saturday nights and Sunday brunches. The AVM restaurant was managed by several different people as David and Charles were still living in San Francisco involved with City Opera. I played at the AVM Sunday brunches for about 10 years. Osborn and Woods not only owned the Foundry building but also some of the buildings on Spring Street with some other partners. I joined the AVM board when negotiations were under way of splitting off the Spring Street properties from the Foundry property which was around 1982.

I was mostly a silent member of the board as OW made all the decisions of the functioning of the AVM. I did help with some minor plumbing repairs and decor decisions. I was able to produce a successful Scott Joplin ‘Ragtime’ show than ran annually for four years. We also produced ‘Songs and Stories of the Gold Rush’, a song and dance play of the Gold Rush era. It lasted about three or four years as well.

Some other production of the AVM were the “International Teddy Bear Convention” that, at first, had 3 or 4 thousand people attend for a full weekend. The first one had a toy bear come over from England in the cockpit of an English airline to attend the festival. I danced the ‘hokey pokey’ as ‘Shorty’ the 9 foot stilted teddy bear. The Foothill Theater Company started at the AVM and did a few plays each year. When we got KVMR started we had to go to the top of Banner Mountain with our vinyl records on our backs if the snow was too deep and the cars couldn’t make it up the road. Originally David and Charles wanted to call the station KAVM but that handle was taken by a Coast Guard ship in California.

The AVM was an eclectic collection of Victorian era artifacts and ephemera as well as local artist displays and galleries. The AVM was always a cultural center and now has improved and expanded into the Miner’s Foundry that fulfills the original Osborne/Woods vision more efficiently and better oversight.

Emily & Erik

Let’s Party!

John Taber

John Taber

“Spring is nature’s way of saying Let’s Party!”  ~  Robin Williams

Celebrating the Present | Planning for the Future | Honoring the Past


Our dreams include another year of over 60 shows and concerts, including the annual Jerry Bash in Pioneer Park.

Become part of our family!  Become a Member of the Miners Foundry for as little as $5 a month.  Additional benefits for joining before May 31, 2016.

Find yourself at the Foundry in 2016!