Thursday, March 18, 2010

Gold Presentation Rich in Information

Placer County Museums Docent, Don Albrecht, gave a terrific presentation for the March 13th Community Education program: Advanced Placer Mining Techniques. His lecture detailed the evolution of placer mining methods from the rocker and long tom to hydraulic mining. As part of his program, Don assembled two large hydraulic monitors, which are essentially large water cannons used to wash away mountainsides to get at the gold within. He also assembled a large sluice box and showed a variety of historic photographs and documents that provided the audience with a clear picture of how gold was mined over 100 years ago. Everyone enjoyed the program and many stayed afterward – thankfully – to help break down the monitors and load them into Don’s truck! 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Advanced Placer Mining Techniques

The Placer County Gold Collection on display in the Historic Courthouse

Gold! Gold! Gold! 
Does that word still make your heart skip a beat; make you feel light on your feet? Gold attracts us all, but it is a difficult mineral to mine. How did the early ‘49ers mine for gold? How did their efforts evolve over time? Would you like to learn something about the history of placer mining and how to do it yourself? If so please join us on Saturday, March 13th at 1:00 pm upstairs in the Bernhard Museum Winery for a free Community Education program: Advanced Placer Mining Techniques. Museum docent and lifelong gold miner Don Albrecht will present information about early placer mining methods used during the Gold Rush. On display will be various tools used in placer mining. Because seating is limited, reservations are required for this program.

For more information, or to reserve your seat, please call 530-889-6500.