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Living History Days

Many of the volunteers and docents here at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park are some of the most renowned historians and best storytellers around. We are proud of our Living History programs and believe it is one the finest in the country!

In fact, on any given day folks who visit our park can see a working Blacksmith shop, try their hand at gold panning, rub elbows with 49ers and maybe even meet James Marshall himself!

Our Living History Program is held “once -a – month” occurring on the 2nd Saturday of each month. This hands -on history day features many historical interpreters who come out to demonstrate different aspects of pioneer life during the Gold Rush. Visitors can experience candle dipping, meet the Mountain Men, chat with ladies doing their sewing or spinning, make some rope, help the carpenters saw a log, and ask the cooks “What’s fer lunch?”


When: Second Saturday of Each Month
Time: 10:00 – 3:00
Where: Marshall Gold Discovery SHP, Hwy 49 Coloma Ca
Fees: While this is a free event the State Park does charge a day use fee of $8 per car

Visitors to Living History Day can observe, learn and participate in some of the following ways:

Dutch oven cooking |Miners | Carpentry tools | Doll making, sewing, spinning | Meet James Marshall |Laundry | Pharmacist | Rope making | Music | Visit the Mill Carpenters / Mormon Cabin | Games | Gold panning | Gold rush tours | Blacksmith | Museum | Gold Rush Mercantile 

For more information call 530-622-3470