Past Exhibit: Discovery! Devastation! Survival!: California Indians and the Gold Rush

Last Updated: 12/23/2011

Past Exhibit: View the gold rush through Native eyes. The discovery of gold put the Central California foothills on the national map, but what about its Native inhabitants?

Learn how the impacted Native Peoples were affected by the gold rush and how they were able to survive and continue their culture into the present day, The exhibit highlights several native families whose ancestors survived this devastating period.

Historic and contemporary examples of the richness of native California culture is demonstrated through its baskets, jewelry, art and literature. 

February 9 through December 2008.

Thank you to our exhibit sponsors and partners:

  • SureWest Foundation
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Ennis Peck / Roger Stevenson
  • Sierra College Botanical Society
  • Jane Braxton Little
  • Plumas County Museum