Many miners left their families and loved ones for months in hopes of striking it rich. To stay in contact, many would write letters to stay in contact. Students will write letters as if they are a miner that hasn't seen their family in months.
Many of the miners in the 1800s had to make their own soap. This activity is fun for students to carve their soap into any design they like best.
Students will make their own bear flag while learning about the origins of the California State Flag
Students can be immersed into the 1800s by playing some of the same games kids back then would play.
BZ Smith launched her professional life in 1973. She brings folks together to build and create. One of her favorite "hobbies" is connecting people with common interests to share skills. “I love introducing people who want to build collaborations: People-to-People connecting the dots!”
Storyteller BZ Smith & Musician Peg Reza join together to offer a lively 50 minute program, rich in stories and songs of the California Gold Rush Era. Their audio recording project, Striking Up Gold Mountain, has won three national awards: A Parents’ Choice Gold Award, a Tillywig Toy Brain Child Award, & Creative Child Magazine’s Top CD of the Year.
Old Oak Ranch is located only 15 minutes away from the historic Gold Rush town of Columbia. Classes have the option to take a day trip down to the town where students will step into the 1850s and tour the town, buy 19th century items, and learn about life in a 19th century "Gold Rush Town.”
15250 Old Oak Ranch Rd Sonora,