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Serious Drought May Uncover Authentic California Gold Rush History
by khubaka, michael harris ( blackagriculture [at] yahoo.com )
Thursday Jul 31st, 2014 9:12 AM
The City of Sacramento and additional regional stakeholders may consider expanding the concept of Gold Rush Days to offer a 21st century approach to sharing the world's first major media event.
Ironically, the serious drought of 2014 may uncover authentic Gold Rush History, clearly it time for interfaith, intercultural and intergenerational leaders to offer recognized voices of reason. Folsom Lake exposed will may reveal the first public water works project constructed during the "Gold Rush Days." Time will tell...

REPRINTED ~ Sacramento Gold Rush Days 2007 will highlight official acknowledgement of 150 years of contributions of Black Sacramento (1840 – 1865) while Old Sacramento is transformed into presenting authentic Gold Rush Era activities, Labor Day weekend, August 31 and September, 2007.

The Capitol of the Golden State of California will host a free event, complete with cobblestone roads, horse-drawn wagons and Wild West shoot-outs that will take international visitors and local residents back in time to the 1850’s. Costumed Living History characters will stroll through the streets of Old Sacramento reenacting the Gold Rush era.

Sacramento is recognized as the most diverse city in America and the early history of the California Gold Rush brought many people from all over the world seeking wealth and riches.

Our popular and successful Wells Fargo Ethnic Village will not be apart of this year’s event thus 2007 may serve as a transition year to a more inclusive year round authentic Gold Rush Story in Old Sacramento recognizing the contributions of various Native California Nations, Asian, Hispanic, Black and European ethnic cultures (1840 – 1865) during the Gold Rush Era.

Activities include Pony Express reenactments, cooking, dancing, gambling, a traveling salesman, Colt revolver demonstrations, butter churning, biscuit making, a blacksmith and gun shop, street dramas, musicians, wagon and pony rides and gold panning.

A highlight of this year event 150th anniversary of Black Sacramento features a display of Leidesdorff Ranch, 2007 and inductee into the prestigious California Agricultural Heritage Club, California Farm Bureau.

Living history programs will include Queen Califia, “African Queen of California” and Honorable William Alexander Leidesdorff, Jr. “African Founding Father of California” to highlight our continuing California Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association exhibit connecting past, present and future contributions to the forward flow of California Agriculture. We proudly showcase Gold Rush Agriculture and today’s 2007 Farm Bill opportunities.

Gold Rush Days is produced in cooperation with the City of Sacramento, The Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, Old Sacramento Management, the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation and the Discovery Museum.