Reader input: Placer County history honored

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I am writing this letter to explain and to inform the citizens of Placer County about what an extraordinary gift we have all received as of Feb. 28 of this year. I attended the grand opening of the Placer County Museums Archives and Collections facility on C Avenue in the Placer County Government Center (DeWitt) and was amazed at the enormous transformation of these old buildings into something beautiful and comfortable. The new facility added much needed space for the historical artifacts that belong to the people of Placer County. It is now a modern, temperature controlled and safe place to protect and preserve the history that has everything to do with Placer County going back to the Gold Rush days of our county.
It is my intention to let people know just how lucky we are in Placer County to have such a facility, but also to tell you how lucky we are to have people in our County that care enough to make such things happen. I am impressed, first of all for the vision that Melanie Barton, museums administrator, has had for this to happen and to see it through to completion. She worked with staff and volunteers to move the project forward. The work that was done involved many people from the Facility Services Department including the Museums Division staff, and building maintenance and many volunteers. Along with Melanie, Mark Rideout and Jim Durfee deserve our gratitude for staying with the project until it turned into this great place that it is today.
I am further impressed that the whole project repurposed many items from the structure to the furnishings resulting in less cost to the Placer County taxpayers. It speaks well of the individual players innovative minds to have created such a beautiful facility with what they had at their disposal. Hurrah for them all. For more Information about the new facility, please call (530) 889 - 6500.