Internet communities for the California Gold Rush?
September 30, 2011 11:21 AM   Subscribe

I have an interest in reading about / discussing the California Gold Rush. Are there any good communities devoted to discussing/researching this on the web? Mailing lists, websites, it doesn't matter.
posted by entropicamericana to Grab Bag (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'd be interested in a California history community in general if the Gold Rush is too specific.
posted by entropicamericana at 11:51 AM on September 30, 2011

Does ECV count? Their stated interests are bars, brothels, and blacksmiths, but really they like all of that era's Northern California history.

They do a ton of research.

Helps if you're male.
posted by small_ruminant at 11:52 AM on September 30, 2011 [2 favorites]

Have you talked to anyone from the California Historical Society?
posted by artlung at 11:56 AM on September 30, 2011

Reddit - US History
posted by dgeiser13 at 12:34 PM on September 30, 2011

The Clampers are invite only and the CHS doesn't seem to mention any sort of online discussion in their membership pitch.
posted by entropicamericana at 12:34 PM on September 30, 2011

The folks behind the upcoming S.F. Silver Rush documentary City of White Gold might have some connections. They also have a Facebook page for the film where you might want to post and see if anyone wants to talk.
posted by vickyverky at 12:45 PM on September 30, 2011

There's also CASANFRA mailing list, which is mostly about SF/California genealogy, but people do post more general discussions. You could certainly sign up and see if anyone else recommends anything.
posted by vickyverky at 12:50 PM on September 30, 2011

Have nothing to offer in regard to discussion, but for reading would like to recommend Gold Dust by Donald Dale Jackson.
posted by X4ster at 2:26 PM on September 30, 2011

I would recommend contacting ECV anyway. They do a lot of research and would probably love to point you in the direction of more, of groups, and possibly even invite you, though I don't know that I, personally, would be up for being a member. Among other things, and besides the whole being female thing, I just don't drink enough.
posted by small_ruminant at 11:56 PM on September 30, 2011

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