Our first curator and co-founder, John Teeter (born September 14, 1920, died August 4, 2009) served from the first day we were open in 1976 until the last day we were open in 2001 when we had to close the museum for the renovation and restoration project. Before the project was finished, health problems necessitated that John retire. John dedicated much of his life's work to documenting the history of Nevada County. He took dozens of rolls of film, showing the construction and destruction of buildings, crowds at events, and the other parts of our local culture and heritage. All of this to assure the information is passed on to future generations. The Museum's photo books are the legacy of his work and the basis for much of the content on this web site. Come by to learn more!
Peggy Lloyd joined the Depot and Museum in 2002 and reestablished the displays so that we could reopen in 2003 after the renovation and restoration. Peggy's background in history and research helped us expand the depth of our information.
Ken E. Petre was curator from November 26th, 2013, to June 15th, 2017. Ken had the backboard in the archive moved in order to create a meeting room in the front part of the museum archive, leaving the remaining portion to function as an archiving/research area. The artifacts located behind the backboard were then incorporated into the museum's greater exhibition area. During his time as curator, Ken led the efforts to acquire the Civil War sites of Elkins' Ferry (appraised at more than one-million dollars) and Battle of Prairie D'Ane (appraised at 1.4 million dollars). He will also be remembered for spearheading the relocation of the early 1920s wooden P & NW caboose from its home at the old Midway facility to the display track on the northern end of the museum property, not only having it moved, but raising more than 22,000 dollars towards its renovation and restoration. The Petre family donated $5,000 towards moving the caboose, with the museum paying a cost-share of $3,000. An anonymous donor donated $10,000 in memory of John W. Teeter, Jr.. Other grants acquired toward the caboose were a $2,000 grant from the Prescott Rotary Club for fencing, a $1,000 grant from the Walmart Community Fund, and a $1,000 grant from the Firestone Community Fund.