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Historical Society Hosts Open House This Friday

The Lassen Historical Museum on Weatherlow Street next to Roop's Fort
The Lassen Historical Museum on Weatherlow Street next to Roop’s Fort

historicalsocietyThe Lassen Historical Society is ready for the Susanville museum’s summer season with new exhibits, a return to extended hours and a big open-house this Friday, May 15th.

Several new exhibits grace the museum this season including a display of Masonic memorabilia which includes Isaac Roop’s Masonic Apron and a pair of his glasses. A photography display features vintage cameras and tools used by local photographers including P.J. Thompson and J.H. Eastman.

Historical Society President Tony Jonas will give an update on the Roop’s Fort restoration project. The 160 year-old cabin, built as a trading post in 1853 and called ‘Roop’s Fort’ or ‘Fort Defiance’ after the Sagebrush War of 1863, is undergoing renovation to extend the life of the structure.

The open house at the museum will also feature living history with local historical figures represented in costume. The recipient of the Historical Society scholarship will be announced and Carol Fontana will be performing period music on the fiddle.

The festivities will start at 5:30p.m. in the grassy area at the museum, located next to Roop’s Fort, on North Weatherlow Street.

Summer hours for the museum are 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays the museum is open from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. For more information about the event call 257-3292.

If you are a fan of local history you should join the Lassen Historical Society! Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the history of our area.

Through your membership you help preserve local history, while at the same time making a tax-deductible contribution.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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