Welcome to Alaska's Gold     Welcome to Alaska's Gold!

      The discovery of gold brought adventurers, dreamers and schemers to Alaska. It's a great story! In fact, it's a lot of great stories.

     But the stories aren't completely written yet. They are hidden in the bits and pieces of history that have managed to survive for over 100 years: things like diaries, newspapers, maps, photographs, government documents and things people used in their everyday lives. We call these primary source materials.

     Alaska's Gold has two parts: Alaska's Gold Themes and Alaska's Gold Lode. Alaska's Gold Themes includes primary source materials enhanced with questions, suggested activities and a teacher's resources packet. Alaska's Gold Lode includes a larger selection of documents related to the project themes.

     By exploring these materials you can try to piece together untold stories from the Gold Rush era. But you will need creative thinking and investigative skills.
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     Alaska Gold Rush was developed by the Alaska Rich Mining Project Committee to make archival, library and museum materials more accessible to users throughout the state and to assist teachers in using primary source materials in classrooms. To find out more about us, click here.

    The Alaska Department of Education presents these documents as part of the record of the past. These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Department of Education does not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which may contain materials offensive to some readers.

Alaska's Gold was developed through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission by the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.  1999. All rights reserved.