LUNCH AND LEARN
SEARCHING FOR RICHES IN THE KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH
- Friday, August 10
- 12 – 1 pm
- Richard Melarvie, Presenter
An estimated 100,000 prospectors migrated to the Klondike region of the Yukon in northwestern Canada between 1896 and 1899. Among them was Paul Jacobson, Richard Melarvie’s grandfather, from Mandan, North Dakota. Paul was a member of a five-man prospecting party, all Scandinavian immigrants who had the financial backing of a group of Mandan investors with high hopes of striking it rich in the Klondike Gold Rush. Richard searched through the microfilm at the Mandan Pioneer to uncover the stories of this gutsy group. The party wrote letters back to their hometown paper describing their adventures. The letters tell the story of Richard’s grandfather, as well as the people of Mandan and their keen interest in the news from the Alaskan Gold Rush. Imagine being caught in a mountain snow storm for five days without wood or water or killing five caribou in one day! The Alaskan Gold Rush comes to life as Richard tells the story of his grandfather’s expedition.
- Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Attendees are welcome to bring their own brown bag lunch. Coffee will be provided. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 8/9 to register.