Updated: January 3, 2007
by Myrtle B. Findley
Where and when does the Colfax Area Historical Society meet?
Time: 7:00 p.m., 3rd Thursday, Quarterly (usually in February, April, July and October) in the Colfax Memorial Hall, West End of Grass Valley Street.
Who may belong to the Society?
Anyone interested and willing to serve, business and individuals.
When do they meet?
Three to four weeks prior to General Program meetings, usually in January, March, June & September, and on call. These
meetings are open to members and announced in Cobblestones.
How often is the News Letter?
"Colfax Cobblestones" is a quarterly News Letter, usually January, April June and September, a few weeks prior to the program meetings.
How is money raised and how is it used?
Yearly Dues are $10.00 Regular single membership; Family is $15; Jr. not in family is $5; Business (4 ads in Cobblestones) is $25; and Non-profit Organizations are $25. Plus any Auctions, Sales, Donations, etc. Dues help us accomplish the following goals:
- Establish and maintain an open Museum in the Old Depot Building.
- Maintain historical Archives in a rented room at the Sierra Vista Community Center,
- Manage a growing collection of archival artifacts and make these available for research,
- Preserve and protect a collection of 7,500 glass negatives taken by Grace Hubley Jones, a successful commercial photographer of this area,
- Collect and catalog photographs of early Colfax families since the 1850s,
- Research and compile the history of early buildings in Colfax, with commemorative bronze plaque placed on buildings along Main Street.
- Recognize and register three historical areas (Colfax depot, TAPS building and the Cape Horn Overlook ) as Historical Landmarks with the CA State Preservation Commission,
- Research the history of various personalities in Colfax, namely Robert Fowler (aviator) and Pat Jones (journalist), and dedicate monuments to them,
- Actively participate in coordinating Founders Day and Spring Fling in Colfax,
- Develop a file system to assist persons searching for information on people and history of Colfax and surrounding area; start a collection of oral family histories on tape,
- Display archival and historical materials at public events, and
- Publish and sell historical publications related to Colfax and other nearby communities.
What is the purpose of the Colfax Area Historical Society?
"The objective of this Society shall be to support and promote charitable, educational and scientific work as defined by Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code as well as promote interest in the history of the Colfax area in the State of California, to support a local Museum; cooperate with other Historical Societies and local groups; to discover, collect and make accessible to the public any and all historical facts and objects; to mark places and buildings of historical interest in the Colfax Area and catalog such markers in an orderly and available manner; to accept gifts and donations from the public and other organizations; to raise funds in a legal manner to accomplish the above."