This course is designed primarily to help classroom teachers become more knowledgeable about California's Gold Rush and capital-intensive mining. It focuses on the people and events that made the Northern Mother Lode region in and around Coloma, California, the James Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City, the North Star Mine Powerhouse, and the Empire Mine significant to California's rich heritage. This course explores how the discovery of gold at Colma led to California's first Gold Rush which required labor-intensive mining; then, to capital-intensive mining (hard-rock mining) in the Northern Mother Lode region and ultimately to the settlement of California and the west.
The stories of ordinary and extraordinary people describe "concepts of courage, justice, heroism, leadership, and risk-taking." Geographic and economic aspects of life during the Gold Rush are explored, characteristics of California's contemporary society, terminology, especially as it relates to capital-intensive mining, mining equipment, and techniques are introduced. Historical sites where hard rock miners searched for gold, ecological ruins, state historic museums, historical buildings, and hard rock mining equipment are discussed. You will learn through tours of the Northern Mother Lode region in and around Coloma, California (where the Gold Rush began) and Grass Valley, California.
Historic information is presented by means of an award-winning text, The World Rushed In by Dr. J.S. Holliday, docent tours through videos, oral histories, written materials, music, photographs, and guided tours. Numerous authorities share their interest in California's history, the Mother Lode, hard-rock mining, and the people and events of the Gold Rush by means of interviews and narratives.
NOTE: Required book must be acquired separately.
- Teacher: Jeromy Winter