A popular historical novel about a girl who daringly crosses the country to take part in the California Gold Rush, here are the story behind the story and educational resources for Gold Rush Girl:
Behind the Story
San Francisco is a city where I have lived often, visited, and have great fondness for. I first went there in the fall of 1961, having finished my graduate class time at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A fellow I knew was setting up a new theatre, and he wanted to do a play I had written. I took a Greyhound bus from Madison to Chicago, another bus from the Windy City to the Golden Gate. read more
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Discussion questions from Kathleen Odean.
“After the Gold Rush,” Stuart Thornton, National Geographic, January 21, 2011
“California Gold Rush,” American Experience, PBS.com, not dated
“California Gold Rush,” History.com, April 16, 2021
“California’s Untold Stories: Gold Rush!,” Oakland Museum of California
“Gold Rush Overview,” California Department of Parks and Recreation, not dated
“San Francisco is Built on a Ghost Ship Graveyard,” Frank Jacobs, Big Think, August 9, 2016
“Why Are Ships Buried Under San Francisco?” Jessica Placzek, KQED, November 4, 2016
“California Gold Rush for Kids,” Bedtime History, November 18, 2020, retrieved from YouTube.
Children’s librarian Marcia Hickey booktalks Gold Rush Girl:
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