Historical society, museum host open house
April 30, 2013 — Lassen County’s historical museum provides people the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local history with artifacts, pictures and stories regarding the area’s early days.
New displays have recently been added in the museum and the Lassen Historical Society invites the public to view them during an open house at 5 p.m. Friday, May 3 at 115 N. Weatherlow St.
One of the displays features information regarding Mary Barr, who Tony Jonas, president of the historical society, described as the equivalent or superior to Amelia Earhart.
According to Jonas, Carol Fontana will be playing tunes from the era on the violin, Jackie Johnston, of Johnston Family Carriages, will be offering carriage rides, the historical society will present its scholarship award and Debbie Lucero is catering the event.
The open house will also celebrate 150 years since Susan Roop Arnold, Susanville’s namesake, arrived in the area.
Sandy Jonas has researched the life of Roop Arnold as she does first person presentations at various events for the historical society.
Roop Arnold’s journey west may be considered ahead of her time for women in her era as she traveled alone at 21 years of age.
According to Sandy Jonas, Roop Arnold’s journey began during the Civil War in November of 1862, and took her from her home in Ohio to New York where she took a side paddle wheel steamer schooner down to Panama. She crossed the Isthmus via train and then caught another schooner to San Francisco.
She then traveled to Sacramento before reuniting with her father, town founder Isaac Roop, in Carson City. They made their way back to the Susanville area and arrived probably around early January 1863.
When Roop Arnold was just 8 years old, her father traveled west after his wife died.
Since then, Sandy Jonas, said the father and daughter had not seen each other until Roop Arnold arrived in the Nevada territory.
Roop Arnold also had two brothers who fought for the north in the Civil War.
People can find out more about the Roops and the local history by attending the open house or stopping by the historical museum which has resumed its summer hours.
It is now open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
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