About The Kennedy Mine Foundation

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Kennedy Gold Mine - Jackson CA 1914 Kennedy Miners
Miners and Workers of the Kennedy Mine in 1914.

The Kennedy Mine Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation formed in 1996 to preserve the Kennedy Mine and mine property for its historical significance and wildlife habitat. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1997 the deed to the Kennedy Mine property was transferred to the Foundation from the estate of Sybil Arata.

Since that time, the Foundation has worked to rehabilitate the property after years of neglect. Basic cleanup was followed by much-needed repair and maintenance. Within the first years limited tours of the property were started and several buildings were opened to the public.

Today the work continues to rehabilitate additional buildings, expand exhibits, and restore portions of the iconic head frame. As the deepest mine in North America when it was closed during World War II, the mine represents not only the California Gold Rush, but also the technological developments in mining that followed. It was a time that brought men from all over the world together. The employment records in the Archives, demonstrate how far men traveled to follow the lure of gold.

Future Goals:

Itís been over 75 years since the mine was in operation and the work to preserve it continues. Structural analysis of the 135 foot head frame is needed, as is new decking for each of the three levels. A viewing area is planned to make the collar visible to the public, allowing visitors to see just how miners entered and exited the mine each shift. Plans to complete the story of mine operation through reconstruction of a stamp mill, interpretation of ore processing and the history of power sources are all part of a master plan.

Maintenance and renovation of the exisitng historic structures while maintaining historic accuracy is an important and ongoing part of managing the integrity of the mine. The Kennedy Mine Archive's state-of-the-art climate control and fire supression systems preserve rare and one-of-a-kind documents that tell the story of mining in Amador County and the Mother Lode. This building was designed to expand as the collections grow.

In addition to the industrial history, the 154 acres of woods and grasslands of the Kennedy Mine provide habitat for many types of birds and other animals, plus exceptional opportunities to develop recreational walking and jogging trails. In the future, these trails may include nature observation and interpretive signs for the community. To accomplish this, hazards must be identified, trails mapped, then cut, marked and maintained. Indigenous plant species, animal species, historic over-looks and points of interest  would be identified and signs made and installed for the enjoyment of trail users.

The Dig Deep Campaign Overview:

It takes a community of volunteers and ongoing support to achieve these goals. There are several ways you can help support the Kennedy Mine Foundationís mission of restoring and preserving one of Amadorís most prosperous and famous mines. Become a sponsor: at the Individual, Family, Business Partner levels, or as a member of the Gold Nugget Club, and receive complimentary thank you gifts in return. In addition to sponsorships, the Foundation is always grateful for donations of funds, labor, skills, equipment and artifacts. Please contact the Foundation, info@kennedygoldmine.com or call our office at (209) 223-9542, if you can help or know of someone who could be of help to the Foundation, especially if you are considering an endowment.  

Become an Individual Sponsor
or a Business Partner of the Kennedy Mine:

As an Individual Sponsor ($20/year) you receive a complimentary tour pass and the quarterly newsletter in addition admission to selected special events.

Family Sponsors ($30/year) receive 2 adult and 2 youth tour passes and the quarterly newsletter in addition admission to selected special events.

As a Business Partner ($250/year) you receive 12 Complementary tour passes, admission to special events including Annual BBQ (2), the Quarterly Newsletter,15% off use of event facilities and your name displayed on our Preserve History from the Ground Up Plaque.

Gold Nugget Club ($300+/year) members receive 12 Complementary tour passes, admission to special events including Annual BBQ (2), the Quarterly Newsletter, 25% off use of event facilities and your name displayed on our Preserve History from the Ground Up Plaque.

Become a Valued Volunteer at the Kennedy Mine:

The success of the Kennedy Mine Foundation is based on its volunteers. From initially mapping and cleaning the property, to maintenance and restoration of buildings, to collecting and documenting the mineís history, volunteers are the reason the mine is available to the community today. Currently, the Foundation depends on an active group of 35 volunteers.
 
We encourage you to help make a difference by volunteering. Our volunteers select their areas of interest and set their schedule. Whether you have a few hours a week to devote, or are willing to devote more time, you can be a Vital Partner in the success of the Kennedy Mine! We also invite service groups, students, and organizations to adopt a project or come for a day. If your business can offer a service, weíd love to provide acknowledgement for your work. EVERY HAND HELPS!

Current areas of need are:
Kennedy Gold Mine - Jackson CA East Shaft Headframe
Historic Photo - East Shaft

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