Rocklin's granite history featured in television program to air Nov. 11

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The city of Rocklin stars in a PBS television broadcast about the history of the granite industry. A Sierra College television production entitled “Tales of the Sierra Nevada: Gold, Granite and Grit” will have its premiere broadcast on the Sacramento PBS station KVIE Channel 6 on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The episode will be shown at 7 p.m. as part of KVIE’s ViewFinder program. “Tales of the Sierra Nevada: Gold, Granite, and Grit” is a 30-minute program produced by the college’s Center for Sierra Nevada Studies. “Gold, Granite and Grit” presents the long and illustrious history of the granite industry in the town of Rocklin and the surrounding foothills region. Also examined is the remarkable geological process the produces granite — the gray spine of the Sierra Nevada. This documentary was written and directed by Sierra College Professor of History Dan DeFoe. The program utilizes the talents of Sierra College employees and friends. Presenting the episode will be Karin DeFoe. Sierra College staff member Nate Rose edited the program and Gary Noy, director of the Center for Sierra Nevada Studies, was the executive producer. Additional airings will occur on Nov. 12 and 14 — check your local listings. The Sierra College Center for Sierra Nevada Studies is a project of Sierra Community College. Since 2002, the center has studied the art, history, natural history and public policy of the Sierra Nevada region. Now in its ninth season, KVIE’s ViewFinder takes a closer look at topics that are important to the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra Nevada ViewFinder provides both in-depth treatments of individual topics and episodes that frame the Valley and the Sierra in a larger perspective. ViewFinder is underwritten by AT&T and Safe Credit Union. For more information on “Tales of the Sierra Nevada: Gold, Granite and Grit,” visit or call the Center for Sierra Nevada Studies at 660-8250. ~ Staff report