Posted: September 27, 1999
California State University Sacramento's year-long Gold Rush Sesquicentennial series will draw to a close this fall with lectures that explore the era's criminal history and Sacramento's Gold Rush heritage.
Huntington Library researcher Martin Ridge will speak at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29 in the University Ballroom on "Disorder, Crime and Punishment in the California Gold Rush."
A lecture on "Begun By Gold: Sacramento and the Gold Rush Heritage after 150 Years," will be given by CSUS history professor Kenneth Owens at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20 in the University Ballroom.
Ridge will highlight the laws created by Gold Rush miners.
"The early California gold field was chaotic and violent, but the gold miners tried to be lawful," Ridge says. "Miners often weren't very moral but they were very lawful."
Ridge is the past president of the Western History Association and of the Pacific branch of the American Historical Association.
Owens, an expert on 19th century California history, will talk about the long-term significance of the Gold Rush for Sacramento.
"The Gold Rush made Sacramento," Owens says. "This city is most representative of the towns that were created by the Gold Rush, and it is still influenced by that event today."
For more information, or to contact Ridge or Owens, call the University Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
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