Saturday, November 26, 2016

Giving Tuesday: Mother Lode Land Trust

Join the Mother Lode Land Trust
November 29th, 2016
The Mother Lode Land Trust strives to preserve the rural quality of life in California's Gold Country.  Through the preservation of lands unique to our region we create a legacy for our children.  Imagine the oak studded foothills, Sierra Nevada rivers, and pristine mountain vistas remaining as they are forever!
Your donation to the Mother Lode Land Trust on #Giving Tuesday makes you a part of this legacy.

Make a contribution today - We have the opportunity to match donations of up to $10,000 thanks to a generous donation from the Amador Community Foundation! 
MOTHER LODE LAND TRUST |  In the Old Chichizola Store  M-F 9-3
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Mother Lode Land Trust | 1324 Jackson Gate RdPO Box 1435Jackson, CA 95642

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Giving Tuesday: Sutter Creek Fire History Projects

The Sutter Creek Fire History Projects is participating in Giving Tuesday on November 29th.
What is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
If you are interested to support our history projects, you may do so on Tuesday, November 29th online:

Thanks for your consideration
Ed Arata

Friday, November 11, 2016

Olde Tyme Christmas at Preston Castle - Sat Dec 10

IONE, CA:  Travel back to olden times at the beautiful Preston Castle, from 10 am to 4 pm, and find holiday decorations and vendors with lots of interesting arts, crafts, jewelry, baked goods, and other gift items.  This is a great place to take care of much of your holiday gift list.
Most of the vendors will be indoors in the basement area of the Castle. Santa will be available for your wish lists and photos, starting at Noon. You may take a self-guided tour of the historic Preston Castle, 10 am to 2 pm, $10. On Saturday night, you can view the outside of the Castle lit up in Holiday Lights, from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Preston Castle Olde Tyme Christmas
Saturday, December 10, 10 am to 4 pm
Free for Fair, Bazaar, Lights; $10 for Day Tour
Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation
Preston Castle, 900 (end of) Palm Dr., Ione, CA
35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione
Saturday, December 10, 10 am to 4 pm
About Preston Castle Foundation
The strikingly beautiful Romanesque style Preston Castle, on a hill in Ione, was actually the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, the first major attempt in California at rehabilitating, instead of just impris­­­oning, young offenders.  Opened in 1894, the Preston School of Industry became a leader in the juvenile prison reform movement by giving convicted boys a real chance at life by educating them not only in academics, but in all of the useful trades of the time.  Closed in 1960, when the Preston Youth Authority moved into a new administration building down the hill, the Preston Castle was left to deteriorate due to weather, vandalism, and general neglect.  It now serves as a vacant, but vitally important landmark for Ione, Amador County, and the Motherlode. It is a California State Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Mission of the Preston Castle Foundation is to preserve, rehabilitate, and utilize the historic Preston Castle site.  We are proud of the fact that the State of California has deeded the title for the Castle, four other buildings, and surrounding 13 acres of land, to the Preston Castle Foundation.  This year we are working hard to obtain our own water and sewer connections.  To help raise money for this important project, the Foundation sponsors several fund raising events throughout the year.

Olde Tyme Christmas is the last event of 2016 for the Preston Castle Foundation, and our wonderful hard working volunteers will be taking a well-earned winter break.  Things start up again with the first public tour day on April 1, 2017.  Check our website and Facebook page for up to date information.

Help Save The Castle and learn more about our history, events, and tours by visiting  All contributions are tax deductible.