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Carnegie Centennial dinner a hit

By: Scott Thomas Anderson, The Press Tribune
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History-lovers crowded into the Maidu Community Center Saturday night for a lively evening of music, smiles and reminiscing, as Roseville held its kick-off celebration for the 100-year birthday of the Carnegie Museum More festivities are planned for Oct. 13. Originally built as the Roseville Library in 1912, the Carnegie building is the main nexus for the city’s past. In preparation for the museum’s centennial, the Roseville Historical Society is reaching out to the public in hopes of finding more antique photographs and city artifacts to add to its collection. A number of items were on display at the event Saturday night, from a mint phonograph to an ice shaver from the old days of the rail lines. The evening’s flag salute was led by the Girl Scouts of America, followed by a number of speakers, including Master of Ceremonies Michael Reinero, Placer County Museums Administrator Melanie Barton and Alice Frankland of the Women’s Improvement Club. One person who was really enjoying the event was the Carnegie Museum’s curator, Phoebe Astill. “Tonight is going great,” she said. “Everything went well and it’s just nice to look around and see that a lot of people I grew up with here in the city came out for it.” Among the personalities Astill has known for years who were enjoying the night were John Mahan, David Fiddyment and Ken and Vera Lonergan — who were all gathered around a table together. Mahan, who recently regaled the Press Tribune with stories of blasting pigeons off the roof of The Tower Theatre with a shotgun in the late 1940s, was keeping the atmosphere lively with his sense of humor. “This is going as good as can be expected,” Mahan said. “I tell you, between doctors and funerals, I keep busy as hell.” Roseville Mayor Pauline Roccucci was also excited to be at the event. Having grown up in a third-generation Roseville family herself, Roccucci was seeing a lot of faces in the room that represent the city’s legacy. “It’s basically like a Roseville reunion tonight,” she said. “There’s a number of people from families who have been here a hundred years and helped make this community what it is today. And I also think it’s important that a lot of newer residents are part of this event tonight, too, because they are helping us remember our roots and our history and making Roseville a better place to live going into the future.” Honoring Roseville’s history will continue with two upcoming events. The first is an unveiling of a new, vintage-styled clock outside Carnegie Museum on Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. The other is the Centennial Saturday at the Museum event Oct. 13, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes special museum displays, historic walking tours, a city proclamation at noon and various children’s activities.