It has been more than 150 years since the Gold Rush galvanized California. Now, visitors to the Park City Museum can experience it for themselves. Gold Fever! Untold Stories of the California Gold Rush is sweeping into Park City on September 12, 2021. This fascinating traveling exhibition presents a treasury of Gold Rush era events, images and documents. It will be on display until November 7, 2021.
The exhibit examines California before the fateful discovery of gold in the American River, the frenzied rush to the gold fields overland and by sea, the experience of vigilante justice, life in the rowdy gold camps, Gold Rush era commerce and farming, and the shaping of California’s future. Over twenty photo-mural panels present 1,000 square feet of fascinating text and representations of primary documents, photographs, daguerreotypes and Gold Rush era paintings. The exhibition spotlights the remarkable stories of individual Californios, women, Native Americans, adventurers and gold seekers who emigrated from all parts of the world during the tumultuous and colorful Gold Rush era, and examines the impact James Marshall’s discovery continues to have on the people, cultures, environment, politics and economy of the American West.
The Gold Fever! The Untold Stories of the California Gold Rush traveling exhibition tour was organized by Exhibit Envoy in partnership with the Cal Humanities. Exhibit Envoy provides traveling exhibitions and professional services to museums throughout California. Our mission is to build new perspectives among Californians, create innovative exhibitions and solutions and advance institutions in service to their communities.
Banner image credit line: Miners Near Nevada City, 1852. Photographer Unknown. Collection of the California State Library.