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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: October 9, 1998


CSUS Series Reexamines the Gold Rush


California State University, Sacramento will host some of the most prominent and promising scholars of Western U.S. history during a year-long series of lectures on the Gold Rush that begins Oct. 14.

The free California Gold Rush Sesquicentennial Lectures will feature new scholarship that reexamines the Gold Rush from a variety of perspectives. The series honors the anniversary of the Gold Rush and of statehood, events being celebrated statewide from 1998-2000.

"So much of what we hear about the Gold Rush is old history and conventional viewpoints," said Ken Owens, a CSUS professor who organized the series and will present two lectures. "This series will provide elements of a new Gold Rush history."

The presentations will be compiled into a book to be published shortly after the series is complete.

The first lecture on Oct. 14 is titled " ‘We Will Make our Fortunes -- No Doubt of It!' The California Gold Rush as a World Event," and will be presented by Malcolm Rohrbough, a University of Iowa professor and author of Days of Gold. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Sacramento's Hyatt Regency Hotel, where it will also kick off the 38th annual meeting of the Western History Association.

Others presenting lectures during the Gold Rush series include Albert L. Hurtado, CSUS alumnus and Trent Professor of Modern History at the University of Oklahoma; J.S. Holliday, author of The World Rushed In; and Patricia Nelson Limerick, a professor at the University of Colorado and author of Legacy of Conflict. In addition to Owens and Hurtado, those with CSUS connections making presentations are: Shirley Ann Wilson Moore, a CSUS history professor; Brian Roberts, a CSUS alumnus and newly hired history professor; and CSUS alumna Sylvia Sun Minnick.





The schedule for the California Gold Rush
Sesquicentennial Lectures is as follows:


Oct. 14, 1998
6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
Malcolm Rohrbough of the University of Iowa
" ‘We Will Make our Fortunes -- No Doubt of It!' The California Gold Rush as a World Event"

Oct. 28, 1998
7 p.m. at the CSUS University Ballroom
Ken Owens of CSUS
"Gold-Rich Saints: The Significance of Mormons in California's Gold Rush History"

Nov. 18, 1998
7 p.m. at the State Archives Auditorium
J.S. Holliday
"Astounding Enterprises: The Aftermath of the Gold Rush, 1860-1884"

Dec. 2, 1998
7 p.m. at the CSUS University Ballroom
Brian Roberts of CSUS
"The Greatest and Most Perverted Paradise: Forty-Niners in Latin America"

Dec. 16, 1998
7 p.m. at Sacramento Central Library's Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
Patricia Nelson Limerick of the University of Colorado
"Faces in the Crowd: The Individual in the Gold Rush"

Jan. 27, 1999,
7 p.m. at the State Archives Auditorium
Elizabeth Jameson of the University of New Mexico
"Where Have All the Young Men Gone? The Social Legacy of the Gold Rush"

Feb. 10, 1999,
7 p.m. at the CSUS University Ballroom
Albert L. Hurtado of the University of Oklahoma
"Clouded Legacy: The Gold Rush and California Indians"

March 10,1999,
7 p.m. at the CSUS University Ballroom
Shirley Ann Wilson Moore of CSUS
"Do You Think I'll Lug Trunks? African Americans in Gold Rush California"

March 24, 1999,
7 p.m. at Sacramento Central Library's Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
Sylvia Sun Minnick
"Never Far from Home: Being Chinese in the California Gold Rush"

April 7, 1999,
7 p.m. at the State Archives Auditorium
Susan Johnson of the University of Colorado
"The Last Fandango: Women, Work, and the End of the California Gold Rush"

April 21, 1999,
7 p.m. at the State Archives Auditorium
Jeremy Mouat of the University of Athabasca
"After California: Later Gold Rushes of the Pacific Basin"

May 12, 1999,
7 p.m. at the CSUS University Ballroom
Clark Spence of the University of Illinois
"From Gold Pans to California Dredges: The Search for Mass Production in Placer Mining"

May 26, 1999,
7 p.m. at the State Archives Auditorium
Michael Gonzalez of the University of San Diego
"My Brother's Keeper: Mexicans and Latin Americans Meet the Argonauts in California's Gold Fields"

Sept. 29, 1999,
7 p.m. at the CSUS University Ballroom
Martin Ridge of the Huntington Library
"Disorder, Crime, and Punishment in the California Gold Rush"

Oct. 20, 1999,
7 p.m. at the CSUS University Ballroom
Ken Owens of CSUS
"Begun by Gold: Sacramento and the Gold Rush Heritage After 150 Years"

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