"A Selection of 19th Century GOLD RUSH Maps"
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Major 19th century gold rushes took place in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, and the United States, while smaller gold rushes took place elsewhere.
Gold rushes were typically marked by a general buoyant feeling of a "free for all" in income mobility, in which a single individual might become wealthy almost instantly, as expressed in the “California Dream”
Gold rushes helped spur immigration that often led to permanent settlement of new regions and defined part of the culture of the Australian and North American frontiers. As well, at a time when the world's money supply was based on gold, the newly mined gold provided widespread economic stimulus.
Our exhibition, which will feature maps from several "Rushes" is not meant to be all-inclusve (it would take an auditorium to do that!), but will give the visitor a taste of the scope and variety of 19th century Gold Rushes. We will have a dozen of the rarer maps of 19th Century Gold Rushes plus actual California Gold Rush era coins & scales on view as well as some later tourist & pictographic materials