Sac History Happenings

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January 19, 2012
Celebrate the discovery that changed the world

coloma volunteer.JPGOn Hundred sixty-four years ago the finding of flecks of yellow metal in Coloma ignited a huge migration of people into California and spurred the development of the state in the 19th century. You can help celebrate this historic event this Saturday during Gold Discovery Day at John Marshall park.

As usual knowledgeable volunteers dressed in period garb will be on hand to demonstrate pioneer cooking, trading and a long-ago way of life. Plus visitors will be treated to stories by the Cemetery Players and other historical performances.

What: Gold Discovery Day
Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma
When: Jan. 21, 10 to 2 p.m.
Cost: free
For more info: (530) 622-3470 or web site

PHOTO CREDIT: Carol Timmerman of Cool portrays a pioneer woman and Ed Allen of El Dorado portrays James W. Marshall at Marshall Gold Rush State Historic Park in Coloma. 2009 Sacramento Bee photograph by Michael Allen Jones

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About Sac History Happenings

California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at mdolgushkin@library.ca.gov.

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at agraham@saclibrary.org.

Pete basofin

Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at pbasofin@sacbee.com.

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