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●Indigenous to El Dorado County and recorded in every Federal and Special
Indian Census between 1852 to today for El Dorado County

● Lineal descendants of the 1851 Treaty of Consumnes River

●Mentioned in John Sutter’s diaries and recorded in EDC ethnographic studies


during the early 1900’s

● Sacred sites through-out El Dorado County

●The general area of the Wopumnes’ Village


became the town of Shingle Springs in 1865

●The genealogical lineal “Successors in Interest”


to the 1935 Indian Reorganization Act Vote
for Shingle Springs Rancheria 4
RFP EVALUATION CRITERIA established by the City
The following criteria will be utilized for the purpose of determining
the most qualified non-profit Proposer:

1. The financial ability of the Proposer to Restore and Implement


the Reuse of the building = 20 Points

2. The proposed use of the Building = 40 Points

3. The long term viability of the proposed reuse = 20 Points

4. Positive affect on Historic Downtown Economy = 10 Points

5. Interview/Presentation = 10 Points
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El Dorado County Fire
The Wopumnes 501(c)3
Protection District,
is the proposer
(Indigenous Tribe est.1860. (“successor in interest”
to the Placerville Volunteer Fire Dept.
of El Dorado County)
previous deed holders) with
Sacramento Fire Museum/Pioneer
Mutual Hook and Ladder Society
501(c)3
Placerville Downtown
Association, 501(c)6
(Representing downtown
El Dorado County Historical
businesses, Street Events and
Fund raising) Society est. 1938, 501(c)3
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2. PROVIDE A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF THE
PROPOSED REUSE INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING:
● a. Describe through text and diagram the proposed uses for each area of the
buildings (see attached floor plan). If only proposing for one building, show how that
use would or would not affect other areas of the two buildings given the current
connection.

● b. Describe how the use would affect the historic character of the buildings. Would
it maintain the historic character? Include descriptions and or drawings to show how
you would promote the historic character.

● c. Provide a description of how the uses will enhance the business climate in
Historic Downtown Placerville, including details regarding expected number of
visitors on a monthly, quarterly, and/or seasonal basis. Provide a detail of the
proposed hours of operation.
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Describe how the use would affect the historic character of the buildings. Would it maintain the
historic character? Include descriptions and or drawings to show how you would promote the historic
character.

Image showing West ADA compliant Door and


Double glass carriage doors for Fire Truck and
wagon storage and display.
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
BERKELEY ● DAVIS ● IRVINE ● LOS ANGELES ● MERCED ● RIVERSIDE ● SAN DIEGO ● SAN FRANCISCO SANTA BARBARA ● SANTA CRUZ

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY TELEPHONE: (530) 752-0745


ONE SHIELDS AVENUE FAX: (530) 752-8885
DAVIS, CALIFORNIA 95616-8522 EMAIL: wrhaas@ucdavis.edu
http://anthropology.ucdavis.edu http://anthropology.ucdavis.edu/people/wrhaas

23 May 2019

El Dorado County Wopumnes Niesenan-MeWuk Heritage Society


P.O. Box 1712
Shingle Springs, CA 95682

Dear Wopumnes Nisenan and MeWuk Heritage Society:

We write to affirm our support of the Wopumnes Nisenan and MeWuk Heritage Society (WNMHS)
proposal to restore and occupy the Confidence Hall and Emigrant Jane historic buildings—a proposal
submitted in response to the City of Placerville’s “Historic City Hall Reuse Request for Proposals.” We
are professors of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. We specialize in the study of past
human behavior and history through the archaeological record with expertise that includes the
archaeology of California societies, cultures, and economies. We are also educators, providing
archaeological coursework and training to graduate and undergraduate students at UC Davis. In addition,
we are active committee members of the UC Davis Department of Anthropology Museum
(http://anthromuseum.ucdavis.edu/) whose mission is to share knowledge about past societies with the
public. We are therefore dedicated to the study and preservation of the past, providing training to students
of archaeology, working with descendent communities, and disseminating our knowledge and findings to
the public.
We have reviewed the WNMHS proposal, which would provide the tribe and its heritage society
with a base of operations as well as a venue for a visitor center and museum. These goals align with our
mission to share knowledge about California heritage, which leads us to enthusiastic support. We affirm
our interest in collaborating with the tribe and historic society in developing educational materials and
activities for the proposed visitor’s center. We are able to provide expertise in California archaeology and
education toward developing historically accurate, engaging, and professional museum displays and
exhibits. We recently collaborated with the tribe in conducting archaeological research on heritage
resources in the region, and we are eager to continue those collaborations, which would provide unique
educational and outreach opportunities to Placerville community members and visitors of the proposed
visitor’s center and museum. Finally, the UC Davis Department of Anthropology Museum could provide
artifact loans for museum displays as well as permanent artifact storage in climate controlled facilities for
any archaeological materials recovered during collaborative work with the tribe. The Museum is a
federally recognized repository charged with caring for archaeological collections under 36 CFR 79, the
regulations mandating the Curation of Federally Owned and Administered Archaeological Collections.
We are excited about the WNMHS’s proposal to restore the Confidence Hall and Emigrant Jane
historic buildings and their plan to operate a visitor’s center and museum from the buildings. We offer our
collaborative support in our capacity as archaeologists and educators. Please feel free to contact us with
any questions.

Sincerely,

Randy Haas Jelmer Eerkens


Assistant Professor Professor
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1. Fun, easily accessible, educational resource for students, teachers,
locals, visitors and tour buses.

2. Interesting themes: Native Culture, Fire and Public Safety, Old West,
Community Growth, Evolving Technologies, Arts and Crafts and more.

3. Easily increases downtown business exposure


(Feet on the Street, heads in beds).

4. Increased Tourism is measureable over time.

5. Full-time Paid Docents give life to the downtown.

6. Increased tourism brings more jobs to downtown businesses. 14


3. HOW WILL THE USES ENHANCE THE
BUSINESS CLIMATE IN HISTORIC
DOWNTOWN PLACERVILLE?
● PROVIDE A DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE USES WILL ENHANCE THE
BUSINESS CLIMATE IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN PLACERVILLE.

Photo by Sandy Powell


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Let’s take a look at the “sister” attractions within 50 miles.

What defines a “sister” attraction?

●Period of history for point of interest?


●Theme of architecture?
●Types of businesses?
●What visitors seem to talk about the most?

What do all these attractions have in common?

Visitors curious about the old west. They want to get a feel for what that was like.
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~4.4 million+
visitors annually
“Old Sacramento is the city’s largest visitor
destination, attracting more than 4.4 million
visitors annually. The 6-block historic
waterfront district is home to Sacramento’s top
museums including the California History
Museum and California State Railroad
Museum. Old Sacramento is attractive to
retailers looking for unique ground floor retail
spaces as well as small and mid-sized firms https://www.downtownsac.org/learn-about-downtown/districts/old-
looking for office space with character.” sacramento/
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~130k+ visitors
annually
“Stuff about daily visits, school buses of
kids, visitors from around the world,
interpretive center, museum etc.”
https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/485/files/SF2015Restora
tionEffortsNewsReleaseFINAL_06_22_15.pdf

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~70k+ visitors
annually
Sutter’s Mill, town of Coloma, 1848

“Stuffabout daily visits, school


buses of kids, visitors from
around the world, interpretive
center, museum etc.”
Link

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~65k+ visitors
over its four day
run each June.
Wikipedia

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~8,500+ visitors
annually

Link

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estimate ~23k+ school
kids per year
65 people in a visiting group = $500 in
entry fees
[2 loaded school buses a day for every day
open (~180 days) = $180k]

These numbers do not include Tour


buses, tourists and return visits by
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Because the City of Placerville, the Chamber
and EDCounty do not publish on their
websites: monthly, quarterly or seasonal
visitor statistics for Downtown Placerville…
we extrapolated visitor interest from
surrounding area Attractions, Traffic Counts
and Face Book.
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~4.4
Million/yr
~130k
~70 yr
k
~65
/yr
k
~23 /yr
k
/yr
~9
k
/yr Marshall Sutter’s Fort
EDC Fair Gold & Native Old Sac
4 days Discovery Museum Historic District
Gold Bug State State Park
City Park
Park
EDC
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Museum
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9,648
members

Est. total
population of
Placerville:
~11,000 26
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• High percentage of historic buildings, still in tact,
dating back to the days of the Gold Rush.

• Majority of the buildings on Main Street are on a


historic resource list.

• Unique cultural mix of local businesses showing a wide


variety of arts, passions and talents unique to
Placerville.

• Welcoming and engaging community members 29


This does not discount the events.
● Court House? Currently there is no landing place for visitors to get
their bearings and then tour the downtown.
● Hangman?
Starting their walk at the Visitor’s Center can quickly
educate and peak their interest to spend more time in
● Bell Tower? Downtown. Students and Teachers visit during the
week then return with families after school and on
● Community? weekends. Tourists and Tour buses have a starting
point.
● … Creating: Casual Infrequent Visitors,
Loyal Visitors, and Passionate Visitors

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~87k (ahead+back)
peak at Bedford and
Highway 50 (2016
CalTrans)
900k+ season ski passes sold for
one ski resort

http://www.dot.ca.gov/trafficops/census/docs/2016_
aadt_volumes.pdf
https://ltva.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/161104-Lake-
Tahoe-Visitors-Authority-2016_5.0.final_.pdf

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Downstairs:
● Interpretive Center brings Downtown History to life
7 days a week 9-5 and participates in street events
● Confidence Firehouse Museum and Public Safety
Education Center
● Wopumnes Nisenan-Mewuk Heritage Center in
collaboration with UC Davis
● Wiser Stagecoach & Hangtown Marshals Office
● Peabody Research Center (Spill-over for El Dorado
Museum)
● ASSEMBLY ROOM AND ENTIRE VENUE RENTABLE
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Upstairs Offices and conference room:
• Wopumnes Tribal Administration Office

• Placerville Downtown Association Office

• Hangtown Marshalls Interpretive (Theatrical)

• Placerville Volunteer Firefighters Brigade

• Other historical, cultural and civic organizations 33


…City has an RFP for re-use of Mustard and Ketchup
Applicant A: VS. Applicant B: EDAC
1. 9-5, 7 days a week for Tourists and Students 1) 4 apartments and an
2. Costumed Docent run Visitor’s and Cultural 2) Art Gallery
Center (Marshals, Fire Brigade, Tribe)
“REHABILITATE” ?
3. Fire House Museum with Public Safety
Education Center, Native Heritage & Folk Arts
Removing its internal
4. Upstairs Offices (rentable)
historical character.
“BOTH BUILDINGS RESTORED!” 34
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Collected in 1 week

Lets poke!

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1. Placerville Downtown Association 8. The Hangtown Marshals
501(c)6 9. Doc Wiser and Friends Stage Coach
2. El Dorado County Fire Protection 10. El Dorado Canal Preservation Society
District 11. Grand Grove of the United Ancient
3. El Dorado County Historical Society Order of Druids
501(c)3 12. Gold Rush Fire Brigade
4. Sacramento Regional Fire Museum 13. Native Sons of the Golden West
5. Pioneer Mutual Hook & Ladder Society 14. Newtown Preservation Society
6. Kit Carson Mountain Men of Amador 15. UC Davis, Dept of Anthropology
County 16. Friends of Historic Hangtown
7. Georgetown Preservation Society
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Garage style
Sheet-rocked walls

Cracking masonry

Fire damage

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Plywood floor
Confidence
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Let’s say money is in the bank and everything ready to go:
Estimates based on the 2015 Burne Engineering Report –
Option 1 (Least costly) Restore Jane to accommodate
Wopumnes Native Heritage Center,
Immediately secure 3 Marshals first floor greeting center, spill
Work on structure,
and support building, over from El Dorado museum,
electrical, plumbing etc.
re-enforce it (make it Presentation/Media lab and upstairs
while roof is off then >
safe for workers) 1 offices
replace Roof 5

~4-6 months to completion!


2 4
Replace bricks, footings Address ADA compliance. Restore
etc. as described in Stage and rotate exhibits, 6
interior of Firehouse from pictures or
Engineering Report to other sources replicating period contributions from around the
make building safe for roof craftsmanship, equipment, décor, County and state colleges
removal. gingerbread, etc. 50
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The only appropriate place for an
El Dorado Fire Museum is a restored
Confidence Engine Company No. 1!

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1. UC Davis will provide
Native Artifacts from 60 sites
around EDC
2. Local EDC Nisenan-Mewuk Art
and works from other locals
3. Exploratorium
Style
Rotating
exhibits 53
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Visit ~1-1.5 hrs:
1. Kids get dropped off in front
and greeted by Marshals, Volunteer Firefighters or
other dressed docents…
2. Hands on Tour of Confidence Firehouse /
Emigrant Jane Wopumnes Cultural Center,
3. and then a history walk /scavenger hunt down
Main Street guided by Docents. 56
School buses can drop kids off in front of court
house and then park at the Mosquito Train Station
4 minutes away…

EDCT can run


shuttle buses for
overflow parking.
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4. Financial Capability:
Funding Improvements and Maintenance:
● a) Provide a detailed description of how the required
structural improvements and proposed tenant improvements
would be financed. These could include grants, private
donations, loans or public private partnerships.

● b) Provide a timeline for your project regarding necessary


fundraising activities and building improvements.

● c) Provide a description of how on-going maintenance and


operations of the facilities will be funded. 58
4. FINANCIAL CAPABILITY STATEMENT:
Financial Capability: A demonstrated financial ability of the organization as
evidenced by submittal of:
● a. A two (2) year historical financial profit and loss statement:
● b. A two (2) year historical balance sheet;
● c. A cash flow statement; and
● d. The most recent three (3) years of federal tax returns.(if applicable)

The Wopumnes’ 501(c)3 is too new to be able to provide records


of cash flow but is properly registered in the Sam.gov and
Grants.gov system along with many other government
procurement systems.

Fiscal Sponsorship will be provided by their Community Support


Partners 501(c)3’s to qualify for this proposal.
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https://www.sjfiremuseum.org/

“Our goal is to restore this


beautiful historic Old Fire Station
One, and make it a destination in
Downtown San Jose.”
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“ Firehouse No. 1 is
perhaps the most-
photographed building
in Nevada City. It was
built in 1861 to house
Nevada Hose Company
No. 1 ...

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• Power of the Firefighters and their families to raise money

• Specially designed pledge gifts made by local Main Street


Artisans and the Wopumnes Tribe

• Street Music and events

• Special Tax incentives for donating to


a Tribe and Historical Preservation

• Joint Application with City for “Our Town”


Grants and Awards
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While waiting for the Confidence and Jane buildings to be restored we
can set up an interim visitor’s center in an available building ready to lease
on Main Street:

1. Temporary base of operations for construction of Confidence & Jane Visitors


Center.

2. Use as Visitor’s Center proof of concept and invite local schools to visit and
participate

3. Set up a base of operations for the Hangtown Marshals, Wopumnes Heritage


Center and Fire museum

4. Would help promote community fund raising, grant and award raising
5. Stage and rotate exhibits, contributions from around
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2 buses (@$400ea) x 150 days = $120,000 / yr
does not include:
other visitors and tourist donations
Gift shop sales
Venue rental for special events (Yes we do birthdays!)
Office Space Rental (upstairs)
Yearly Federal, State, Local and private Grants and Awards for:
Community and Economic Revitalization, Tourism, Re-enactment
Interpretation, Museum, Library Heritage Preservation and
Improvement, Native American Heritage Education, Sacred sites and
Cemeteries protection, Entertainment Industry and Arts, Fire Safety
Education, Business Entrepreneurship, Special Traveling Exhibits, Forestry
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Management, Local Agriculture and much more…
5. Building Ownership:
● The Volunteer Fire Fighters built Confidence and were the
original deed holders.

● The Tribe and Fire District is looking to leave the liability with
the City during the restoration phase, due to the need for
rescuing the buildings from the City’s lack of maintenance.

● Upon completion of restoration, the Fire District would like


the Confidence building deeded back to them along with
Jane.
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A farm family in San Jose built Frontier
Village in 1961.

The Old West park and surrounding farms


lasted for 20 years

Was torn down to build condominiums.


Their farms went away too. Today They miss their
San Jose is Condominiums, tract homes
shopping centers, concrete freeways,
Frontier Village and
and tilt-ups with over million people… their farms …so they visit
El Dorado.
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