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I remember….
Stories and Pictures of El Dorado County Pioneer Families
by Betty Yohalem

I remember....“I remember….”  is a personal history, told in their own words by descendants of pioneer El Dorado County families.  They heard the stories first-hand from their parents and grandparents. The trek west in wagon trains, Indian attacks, the hardships of homesteading, the excitement of gold  – these were part of their family history.


El Dorado County – A Pictorial History
by Lisa M. Butler and Jon McCabe

El Dorado County A Pictorial History

El Dorado County – A Pictorial History

This book takes its readers to places in El Dorado County outside of “Old Hangtown” through a unique collection of rare photographs, housed at the El Dorado County Historical Museum. It provides a journey along the routes traveled by early prospectors and the Pony Express and over the tracks of the old narrow-gauge logging railroads.

El Dorado County: A Pictorial History reveals the many diverse economies, such as ranching and agriculture, that sustained local communities long after the gold played out.




Placerville Reflections
A photo album of “Old Hangtown” by Elizabeth Fairchild and Jon McCabe.

Placerville ReflectionsPlacerville Reflections is a delightful book of photographs covering over one hundred years of Placerville history beginning with the early mining camps of 1849 to the thriving City of Placerville in the 1960s.




A Glittering Pot of Gold

A Collection of First-Person Narratives, Stories & Manuscripts
by Lisa Butler

With sketches by Carol Sexton

A Glittering Pot of GoldThe El Dorado County Historical Museum holds a treasure trove of first-person narratives, manuscripts, photographs and other archival materials that chronicle the county’s remarkable past. Over the years, dedicated members of the El Dorado County Historical Society and other historical preservation groups have contributed countless hours to collecting diaries, journals, newspaper articles and other valuable resources. The El Dorado Museum Foundation and the El Dorado County Historical Society asked local writer and historian Lisa Butler to help them generate a book focused on the county’s early history. To further chronicle and illustrate the events surrounding the Gold Rush and early settlement, they enlisted artist and historian Carol Sexton to create sketches that depict the past. This collaboration has produced A Glittering Pot of Gold, a historical publication for sale at the El Dorado County Historical Museum and the Placerville Historical Museum.


Old West Christmas-Tales With a Twist

Old West Christmas“Old West Christmas-Tales with a Twist,” is an exciting new book published by the El Dorado County Historical Society and El Dorado Museums Foundations.

The action-packed chapters in this unique and amazing book, look at Old West Christmas from 1849-1888. They feature original illustrations from legendary artist Bill Anderson, whose work hangs in galleries and museums throughout the world. Pulitizer Prize nominee, Craig MacDonald and his father, Professor Franklin MacDonald, PhD., researched unique and mostly unknown Christmas stories in letters, diaries, 19th century newspapers, and books throughout the West. Their goal was to both share and save these spectacular stories for future generations.