Living History Day at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP
Luck of the Irish Comes to Coloma July 14
An Irishman may not have made the gold discovery that ultimately led to the California Gold Rush, but the marketing acumen of an Irishman by the name of Brannan spread the gold fever across the continent. On Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, California will explore this and other contributions made by people of Irish descent who came to California before, during, and after the Gold Rush. At 11 a.m. join park docent Linda Pietraczyk in the theater in the visitor center as she explores the many ways immigrants from Ireland contributed to the growth of the fledgling state of California. From the risqué entertainment provided by Lola Montez (who was actually born in Ireland), to the founding of the Sacramento Bee by James McClatchy, and the development of the agriculture industry in the San Joaquin Valley by Theodore O’Kearney, Pietraczyk will share some of the many stories of the Irish movers and shakers who helped shape the growth of California. Additionally, she will present the stories of Irishmen who settled in the Coloma Valley and contributed to the growth of the town of Coloma. Park docent Susan Felton will also present the first person story of Mrs. Murphy, a denizen of Coloma who is buried in the cemetery behind St. John’s Church in Coloma. Visitors are also encouraged to join park docents under the trees behind the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for living history demonstrations and hands on learning opportunities.
- July 14, 2018
- 10:00AM - 3:00PM