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Gold Discovery Day

Join us on Saturday, January 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as we celebrate James Marshall’s gold discovery on January 24, 1848. This discovery and the subsequent influx of gold seekers helped propel California into statehood in 1850.

Learn more about the life of James Marshall at 11 a.m. during a special lecture. At 1 p.m. you’ll hear about notable women of El Dorado County who made their mark during the gold rush. Both lectures will be presented by Ed Allen in the theater in the museum.

Experience what life was like at the time of the gold discovery as you tour our living history encampment.

  • Meet James Marshall and take a peek at a gold nugget.
  • Learn what it was like to be a miner in Coloma and what tools were used to find gold. Then try your hand at mining at our gold panning troughs.
  • Visit with a gold rush merchant, help our cooper put a barrel together, then stop by the boarding house to see what’s cooking.
  • Stop by the millworkers’ cabin to learn more about the gold discovery, visit the ladies at the miner’s cabin, and don’t forget to stop by Bekeart’s gun shop.
  • Visit the blacksmith shop and learn about how important the blacksmith was during the gold rush.

Learn more about how you can become a part of the volunteer program at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP during our Meet and Greet at 2 p.m. in the museum theater. Volunteer opportunities range from living history, to instructing school groups, to park maintenance projects, greeting visitors, giving tours, and so much more. Bring your questions and your enthusiasm.

$10 per vehicle day use fee collected. For more information, call (530) 622-3470.

Marshall Gold Discovery SHP

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