Lulu Weatherwax lived in Placerville for most of her life, and is buried in the Placerville Union Cemetery.  Her story was part of the 2021 Save the Graves Living History Cemetery Tours, held on October 16, 2021.  
This virtual exhibit provides a glimpse into her life and art.
Click here to see the Lulu Weatherwax - Artist Virtual Exhibit

The El Dorado County Courthouse is a familiar sight to anyone traveling along Placerville's Historic Main Street.  
This is a Virtual Exhibit about the history of this "Diamond of Main Street" 
Click here to see El Dorado County's  Courthouse Virtual Exhibit

Hopeful gold rush miners swarmed to the region now known as El Dorado County starting in the summer of 1848, and continued to pour in for the next few years.  These miners left behind evidence of their work, artifacts now on display at the El Dorado County Historical Museum in the exhibit "Gold Miners and What Got Left Behind"


The 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment becoming law is on August 26, 2020 
Women in Placerville voted in the 1920 Presidential Election - learn about some of these women in the Virtual Exhibit
The 1920 Election in Placerville
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Votes For Women

Ever wondered about the Railroad Tracks along the trail in El Dorado County?  Here is a virtual exhibit of the First Railroad west of the Mississippi!  Watch
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See what the citizens of El Dorado County did during the first World War in this Digital Exhibit
El Dorado County & World War I
Home and Overseas, 1917-1918
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Check out this Digital Exhibit! 
Votes for Women! 
In South Lake Tahoe 1920
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Based on the County Museum's exhibit at the South Lake Tahoe Library, March 2020

The photograph above is from the County Museum's collection shows a parade on Main Street, probably for the first anniversary of the World War I Armistice on November 11, 1919, with participants wearing face masks! Mabel Lyon is riding on the float. 


1918 – 1921 Devastation of Spanish Influenza 

In 1918, a virulent strain of influenza spread around the world, with an estimate of 500 million infected, and affecting soldiers on both sides of World War I as well as the homefront worldwide. It was called the “Spanish flu” when King Alfonso of Spain was one of the early victims. With no antibiotics at that time, and limited information about the actual cause of the disease, quarantine was the best way to combat it. Homes that reported the flu were considered quarantined – no one could go in or out. 100 years ago, this was the usual course of action for all kinds of diseases that we now vaccinate for and treat with medicine, such as measles, polio, typhus and others. Today we are once again using quarantine to combat the current Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Pharmacy Display at the County Museum shows the kind of signs, and the kinds of medicines used over 100 years ago 

Spanish Influenza was particularly prevalent in 1918-1919 and lingered through 1921. It is estimated that 50 to 100 million died from this highly infectious disease. Coinciding with the devastation of World War I, it is considered one of the deadliest epidemics in human history. 

"Uncle Sam's Advice on 'Flu" is the headline published in the Mountain Democrat on November 16, 1918. The Surgeon General, Rupert Blue is giving familiar advice then as it is now. These are excerpts from the article: 

These are from the article in the 11-16-1918 Mt. Democrat on how to avoid the Flu 

The newspaper article from over 100 years ago, in the November 6, 1918 Mt. Democrat explains the very familiar and current recommendations for how to avoid the 'flu! 

On the same page is a notice of the new County Ordinance "for the Protection of the Public Health and Requiring all Persons to Wear Gauze Masks while on Streets or Highway, or at Public Gatherings" The penalty for violation was a fine of not more than five dollars and not more than five days in jail for the first offense – with the max of $50 and 50 days in jail for subsequent offenses. The Board of Supervisors adopted this ordinance on November 11, 1918, (coincidentally the day of the cease fire of World War I, known as Armistice Day)

County ordinance requiring wear face masks (Mt. Democrat, 11/11/1918)

From the staff and volunteers with the El Dorado County Historical Museum
Stay Home and Stay Safe!

Women making history in El Dorado County
This special exhibit highlights the women whose artifacts and photographs are in the County Museum's collection
JUNE 2019 - JUNE 2022

Click here to see the Women of Influence Virtual Exhibit 

The Exhibit at the County Museum:

Throughout history there are many influential women who have lived in El Dorado County with important stories to tell. This exhibit is dedicated to the many women in El Dorado County's past who met the demands of their times, sometimes pushing boundaries, and inspiring us to face the challenges of today.
As you walk through this Museum Exhibit, the stories we share about women who lived and worked in El Dorado County are just a tiny selection of the many stories out there. The women selected is based on the known history of artifacts in the Museum's collection, historical photographs preserved, and documents by and about these women in the Museum's Research Room. 

Gertrude Kirk, Margaret Kelley and Georgia Leoni are three such women, represented in these displays. 

Beautiful quilts, such as this c.1890 Crazy Quilt made by Sarah Ingham, and Pillow made by Lucinda Nail, were donated to the County Museum and will be on display through June 2021. Stella Ralston Tracy left a bequest in 1968 to the El Dorado County Historical Society of the furnishings from her fine home and her personal effects, including some of the dresses she owned over a 50 year period, some of which can be seen on exhibit.

Visit the El Dorado County Historical Museum
Wednesday - Sunday

Special tours are available for groups - please call us at (530) 621-5865 and ask for Mary or Heather  to discuss setting up a special tour of this exhibit, Women of Influence, for your group. 


Artifacts - the things used by miners and then lost or discarded when no longer useful...spoons and knives, boxes and containers, bottles and tools...

On display at the County Museum