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Howdy! My name is Lyndsey Blair, and I am a second-year graduate student in the Public History Master’s program at IUPUI.  For the past nine months, I have served as the Eiteljorg’s curatorial intern.  Much of this time has been spent researching information related to...

After it became apparent that the ship must, sooner or later, surrender to the angry elements, the scene among the passengers on deck, and throughout the vessel was one of the most indescribable confusion and alarm. —Detroit Free Press, September 23, 1857 TOTAL LOSS OF THE TREASURE —New York...

I maintain that science is the blindest guide that one could have on a gold-finding expedition. Those men who judge by the appearance of the soil, and depend upon geological calculations, are invariably disappointed, while the ignorant adventurer, who digs just for the sake of...

Custer’s Black Hills Expedition, 1874 Image courtesy of Paul L. Hedren A treaty with the Lakota Nation in 1868 guaranteed the tribe’s right to occupy its beloved homeland, Paha Sapa, the Black Hills of Dakota Territory. As rumors of gold being found in the region spread, the government...

For years George Carmack, the son of a California forty-niner, took credit as the first to discover gold in the Klondike in 1896. However, two First Nations men who were related to him by marriage may have been the first. Historians now acknowledge that Skookum...

My eye was caught by something shining in the bottom of the ditch. . . . I reached my hand down and picked it up; it made my heart thump, for I was certain it was gold. The piece was about half the size and...

Take notice. Ho! for California!: A meeting of the Citizens of the Village of Canajoharie and its vicinity, will be held at the house of T. W. Bingham, . . .Jan. 16, 1849 Letterpress print on paper Image courtesy of the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley BANC...

Selling Off [Gold], 1849 Augusto Ferran (Artist), Luis Marquier (Lithographer) Image courtesy of the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; BANC PIC 1963.002:0885--B Gold is an element represented by the atomic symbol designation Au. This yellow-colored metal is very heavy—15 to 19.3 times heavier than an equal volume of...

Miners Weighing Their Gold, ca. 1855 Image courtesy of Richard Rogers Gold has been found throughout the world and in nearly every state, including Indiana. In the 1960s, submicroscopic gold began to be processed from ground where it was essentially invisible. Modern technology makes it possible to extract...

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