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April 24, 2018 GMT

St. Joseph Catholic Church’s tall steeple and cross can be seen from far away, but an event Friday will offer people a more intimate look at it and a handful of other historic churches.

Loretta Johnson and Judy Mann, with The Friends for the Preservation of Yuba County History, are hosting the Brick and Mortar with History Tour of four Marysville churches.

“There are so many people who love history, and we always get a good crowd of about 30-35 people who want to learn more about the history of our area,” Johnson said. “It’s interesting because there’s so much history in these four churches.”

The tour begins promptly at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, where a historian will discuss details. Changing gears, another historian will then talk about the First Presbyterian Church in east Marysville.

“We don’t want everyone to have to walk over to east Marysville to the First Presbyterian Church, so we’ll talk about that church while we’re at the First United Methodist Church,” she said. “Then, we’ll go over to St. John’s Episcopal Church to learn about that church and have a reception with coffee and pastries after.”

The tour will end at St. Joseph Catholic Church with an inside look at the stained-glass windows and other key elements that are part of the downtown Marysville building.

“All the money we raise goes back into the community,” Johnson said. “Last year, we donated $500 to the Smartsville Catholic Church for the banisters. We also donate to the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors, the Bok Kai Temple, the Chinese School and we work to repair headstones at the cemetery.”

A no-host lunch at the Dragon Inn will take place following the event.