Our mission is to preserve and promote the history of Roseville


The Carnegie Museum is housed in Roseville's first permanent library. The building was constructed in 1912 with brick and terra cotta from Gladding McBean in nearby Lincoln, granite from Rocklin and Roseville labor on land donated by Roseville businessman A. B. McRae. This library, like many others built during the early part of the century, was funded in part by Andrew Carnegie. In 1979, Roseville moved its main library to a new location near Royer Park, and the building remained a branch library until 1982. The museum opened in 1988 after extensive restoration. In addition to exhibits and information on the history of Roseville and the surrounding area, the Carnegie Museum offers a walking tour of historic old town Roseville based on a self guided tour created by the Roseville Chamber of Commerce Revitalization Committee for visitors, new residents to our area, and long-time inhabitants seeking a re-acquaintance with the past. The Roseville Historical Society's Carnegie Museum is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization. Donations may be deductable to the extent allowed by law.

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October 4, 2014 is the annual fund raising event

This year’s speaker will be talking on the “Stranding of the City of San Francisco” passenger train in 1951. The event will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall on Royer Street in Roseville. There will be a spaghetti dinner before the speaker. All are invited to attend. More details to follow soon.

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Roseville History Book Now Available

The Carnegie Library Museum is now selling the book "Walk With Me, I Want To Tell You Something" by Christina Richter with David Fiddyment. A new part of Roseville history is unveiled in this new book that chronicles one of the oldest continuous living families in Roseville. The original ancestor, Elizabeth Jane, came to the area in 1856 and began a ranching empire that spanned over 10,000 acres. Seven generations of this family have called Roseville their home! Read their story and learn a part of Northern California history that has links into Roseville's beginning, the Donner Party and the Gold Rush Era. Proceeds from book sales go to the Roseville Historical Society.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Roseville Historical Society is looking for volunteers to assist with indexing newspapers from our archive.

If interested in this opportunity, please contact Phoebe at the Carnegie Museum; (916) 773-3003 or by email at:

Then and Now in Roseville

The Barker Hotel - corner of Lincoln and Pacific

We're still looking for photos

Our first book with Arcadia Publishing, Roseville: Images of America is now complete and available at the Carnegie Museum. Now, we're working on a new book, Roseville: Then and Now. So, we're looking for all sorts of photos:
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Sports Events
  • Clubs
  • Buildings
  • Anything related to Roseville history
If you have any photos that you can lend or give to the museum for this publication, please contact Curator Phoebe Astill at the Carnegie Museum.